In 1977, a Seattle juvenile court judge concerned about making drastic decisions with insufficient information conceived the idea of citizen volunteers speaking up for the best interests of abused and neglected children in the courtroom. From that first program has grown a network of nearly 1,000 CASA and guardian ad litem programs that are recruiting, training and supporting volunteers in 49 states and the District of Columbia.
Pulaski County CASA began serving children in 1987 in Little Rock, Arkansas, Sixth Judicial District. Last year Pulaski County CASA served 240 children with 100 advocates.