What is CASA? Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) for Children is a network of 951 community-based programs that recruit, train and support citizen-volunteers to advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children in courtrooms and community.
Mission Statement The Mission of the Hillsdale County CASA, Inc. is to advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children that are under the jurisdiction of Probate Court through the services of specially trained community volunteers.
Statistics Nationally, 76,756 CASA volunteers help change children's lives everyday. In the past year, 250, 323 abused and neglected children had a CASA volunteer. There are 452,000 children waiting for a volunteer to find them a safe, loving, and permanent home. Every day in this country, 1,900 children become victims of abuse or neglect, and four of them will die. Currently there are 128 children on average that are wards of the Court in Hillsdale County that need a CASA volunteer. Hillsdale CASA volunteers are advocating for 20 children.
History CASA was one Judge's answer to a recurring problem in his courtroom, an idea of an organization that subsequently changed American's judicial procedure and the lives of more than two million children.
In 1976, Superior Court Judge David Soukup of Seattle, Washington recruited and trained his first team of community volunteers to step into courtrooms on behalf of our most valuable and vulnerable possession.......our children. CASA was established and became the voice for abused and neglected children: ordinary citizens willing to go behind the doors of juvenile and family courts, to ease the pain and trauma of children in crisis and to investigate and offer the judge invaluable case information, ensuring that the system was accountable and upheld the best interests of children.