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What is CASA?

National CASA Association – In 1977, a Seattle Superior Court Judge named David Soukup was concerned about trying to make decisions on behalf of abused and neglected children without enough information. He conceived the idea of appointing community volunteers to speak up for the best interests of these children in court. He made a request for volunteers; 50 citizens responded, and that was the start of the CASA movement.

Today, there are more than 86,000 advocates serving in 938 state and local program offices nationwide. CASA programs across the country are known by several different names, including Guardian ad Litem, Child Advocates, and Voices for Children. To learn more about National CASA Association, please click here.

Since the inception of CASA advocacy, volunteers have helped well over 1,000,000 children find safe, permanent homes in which they can thrive.

The Arkansas State CASA Association was established in 1999. To learn more about Arkansas State CASA, please click here.

CASA of Northwest Arkansas opened its doors in 1997. We are a 501(c)3 non-profit organization and are governed by a board of directors.

CASA does not license foster parents. If you are interested in becoming a foster parent, please visit the Arkansas Department of Children and Family Services or The CALL.