Established in 1980
About The CASA Program
OUR CONNECTION TO THE CASA PROGRAM
The Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Program
- The CASA program, which is under the jurisdiction of the Eighth Judicial District Court, is separate from the CASA Foundation of Las Vegas but works in partnership with the CASA Foundation. The CASA Program consists of paid staff, who are responsible for recruiting, screening, training, and supervising volunteers. The mission of the Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) program is to support and promote court-appointed volunteer advocacy for abused and neglected children so that they can thrive in a safe, permanent home.
- CASA volunteers are appointed by a Judge to represent the best interest of abused and neglected children. These highly trained, court-appointed volunteers are responsible for making recommendations to the court about the safety, permanence, and well-being of their assigned child(ren).
- CASA volunteers advocate on behalf of their child(ren)’s physical, educational, medical, emotional, and social needs. CASA volunteers research information and talks to everyone involved in the children’s lives. CASA volunteers have contact with social workers, attorneys, parents, teachers, family members, foster parents, health professionals, and, of course, the children themselves.
- CASA volunteers establish a relationship with their child(ren), getting to know his or her unique history while providing consistency and stability during an extremely difficult time in their child(ren)’s lives. CASA volunteers are asked to remain with their child(ren) until permanency is achieved.
Ways that the CASA Foundation of Las Vegas Supports the CASA Program
The CASA Foundation of Las Vegas works in partnership with the Eighth Judicial District Court-CASA Program to support and promote the recruitment, training, retention, and recognition of CASA volunteers in the following ways:
- Help increase community awareness of the mission of the CASA Program.
- Promote and fund marketing & public relations campaigns.
- Sponsor monthly retention events for CASA volunteers.
- Sponsor an annual retreat and recognition ceremony.
- Provide support and funding for volunteers to participate in local and statewide trainings, as well as to attend the annual National CASA/GAL Conference.
- Build collaborative and strategic partnerships in the local community.
- Provide funding for items needed for recruitment, training, retention, and recognition activities.
Casa Las Vegas History
The History of the National CASA/GAL Movement by Dates
1977: Judge Soukup starts the first CASA/GAL program in Seattle (King County), Washington.
1977: A National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges committee endorses the program as a model for safeguarding a child’s rights to a safe and permanent family.
1978: Judge John F. Mendoza of Nevada suggests the term “court-appointed special advocate” to designate the lay court-appointed volunteers.
1982: The first Annual CASA Conference is held in Nevada, and participants vote to establish the National CASA Association.
1982: The number of CASA/GAL programs reaches 88.
1983: Twenty-nine states have CASA/GAL programs.
1984: The National CASA Association forms in Seattle.
1984: National CASA enters into its first cooperative agreement with the U.S. Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, which remains our largest funder to date.
1985: President Ronald Reagan presents National CASA with the President’s Volunteer Action Award.
1985: 10,000 children served annually through 159 programs
1987: 40,000 children served by 12,000 volunteers in 271 local programs and 44 states
1988: Tribal courts first begin CASA programs through grants to five tribes.
1989: National CASA becomes Kappa Alpha Theta Foundation’s national charity.
1990: 72,000 children served by 17,000 volunteers in 412 program offices
1991: The CASA program is first authorized in the Victims of Child Abuse Act.
1995: 129,000 children served by 38,000 volunteers in 642 program offices
1996: Congress amends the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act to allow the required GAL to be an attorney or CASA volunteer.
1997: The National Bar Association endorses CASA volunteer advocacy.
2000: 174,000 children served by 47,000 volunteers in 900 program offices
2003: National CASA’s partnership with Jewelers for Children, our largest private funder, begins.
2007: CASA network reaches 2 million children served since inception.
2015: National CASA begins a partnership with Akerman LLP, a top law firm.
2016: National CASA Association opens an office in Washington, D.C.
CASA Foundation was established to support the CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) Program and to identify and fund the individual needs of abused and neglected children in foster care in Clark County.