ABOUT VOICES FOR CHILDREN
To improve the lives of children in foster care through powerful volunteer advocacy until each child is placed in a safe and permanent home.
Voices for Children has over 170 active volunteers who come from all walks of life. They span all age ranges. Some are just beginning in the workforce, and others are retired. Over half of our volunteers work full-time and have families. Some have backgrounds in the criminal justice system, social work, or child welfare. Other volunteers have no such experience at all.
All of our volunteers have one thing in common- a desire to change the life for a foster child in their own community and a drive to tackle tough situations head-on.
THE NATIONAL CASA MOVEMENT
Like all movements, CASA began as an idea. Inspiration came to Seattle juvenile court Judge David W. Soukup in 1976. Judge Soukup had insufficient information to make a life-changing decision for a 3-year-old girl who had suffered from child abuse.
That’s where the idea came from: These children, who had experienced abuse or neglect, needed trained volunteers speaking up in the courtroom for their best interests.
Due to the program’s extreme success, communities across the nation began creating CASA programs of their own.