COURT APPOINTED SPECIAL ADVOCATES

(CASA): A voice for children - here and across the nation

Cowlitz County CASA provides leadership and training for its volunteers who are tasked with being the voice of abused and neglected children in the dependency court system. Every dependent child in Cowlitz County is assigned a CASA through our local program. No child is turned away!

A CASA is a trained volunteer who represents children as they are taken through the legal process. We focus on the best interests of the child.

We need more great volunteers!

Cowlitz County CASA has many great volunteers, serving children and families in 250 active cases. Our volunteers are working hard and successfully on behalf of the kids – but we need more. Contact us Today!

What is a CASAs Role?

  • Investigates the case and informs the court
  • Helps identify resources to address a child's special needs
  • Recommends temporary and permanent plans for the child

Our Cowlitz County CASA staff oversees the volunteers, starting with the screening and  training process. CASAs receive a training manual and complete 30 hours of training before their first case assignment. Ongoing training includes study groups, recognition events, book clubs and conferences.

Our History

The Dependency CASA Program was created in 1976 by King County Superior Court Presiding Judge David W. Soukup, who was concerned over making decisions on cases of abused and neglected children without sufficient information. Judge Soukup conceived the idea of using trained community volunteers to speak for the best interests of these children in court. This program was the first of its kind and has served as a national model for child abuse advocacy.

“I was consumed by the fact that I didn’t have enough information about each child, and I just didn’t know if I had done the very best job I could.”

Judge David Soukup,
CASA Founder

Upcoming Events!

  • Annual Dinner & Auction - 4/22/2017
  • Kilted Klassic Golf Tournament - 8/10/2017

Contact Us Now For More Information!

Address:
1024 Broadway Longview, WA 98632

Phone: (360) 414-5212
Fax: (360) 425-6369
   
E-mail: Kariann@cowlitzcountycasa.org

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