"To speak up for the innocent children who are victims of abuse and neglect, advocating for their safety and well-being by training community volunteers to represent their best interests and be their voice in court."
How CASA Began
In 1977, a Seattle juvenile court judge was concerned that he was making drastic decisions with insufficient information. In response, conceived the idea of citizen volunteers speaking up for the best interests of abused and neglected children in the courtroom. That first CASA program has grown a network of more than 951 CASA and guardian ad litem programs that are recruiting, training and supporting volunteers in 49 states and the District of Columbia.
Judge David Soukup in Seattle, Washington recognized that he needed more information to make the best possible decisions for the abused, abandoned and neglected children who he was charged to protect. He formed the first volunteer program for child advocates to assist him in this. Word of the success of that program spread quickly and similar programs began all over the United States.
The National CASA Association was established to serve as a support organization for the growing number of programs in the country.
CASA of Tulare County was formed by members of the local community led by Judicial Referee George Thurlow.
Today - CASA of Tulare County is a team of 160+ volunteers trained and supervised by the CASA staff. We serve hundreds of abused, abandoned, and neglected Tulare County children each year, giving them a voice and hope for a brighter future.