- Created by Seattle Superior Court Judge David Soukup, who envisioned the idea of appointing community volunteers to speak on the best interests of the children in court.
- Today there are more than 76,000 CASA Volunteers serving in nearly 1,000 state and local programs nationwide.
- Since its creation, CASA Volunteers have helped more than 2 million children find safe, permanent homes.
- Columbia County CASA, Inc, was established as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in 2017 and is one of twelve programs in the Wisconsin CASA Association.
- The program serves neglected and/or abused children from pre-birth to 18 years of age.
- CASA Volunteers serve children living with their parents, in relative placements, foster homes, group homes and in residential treatment facilities.
Eyes and Ears of the Court
Often referred to as the “eyes and ears of the court,” CASA Volunteers are assigned by juvenile judges to advocate exclusively on behalf of a single child or sibling group.
CASA Volunteers must pass a background and reference check and participate in an in-person interview. Each CASA Volunteer is professionally trained and partnered with an Advocate Supervisor.
They conduct weekly, face-to-face visits with their child (or children), make independent, objective observations about the child’s safety and well-being, and submit a monthly report to the appointing judge to help that judge make decisions about the child’s future.
Most importantly, CASA Volunteers are often the only consistent adult presence in the lives of abused and neglected children.
A child with a CASA Volunteer is more likely to get help with other services, spend less time in foster care and be moved from home to home, find a safe and permanent home, and do better in school!
Children are safe and secure where and with whom they live.
Columbia County CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates ) Inc. is a nonprofit organization that trains community volunteers to be a voice for abused and neglected children who are under the legal protection of the court system to achieve placement in safe and permanent homes.
All residents share responsibility for the quality of life in their community including the well being of children and the creation and maintenance of safe and stable families. To help achieve this goal, Columbia County CASA is dedicated to the support and sustenance of trained volunteers working on behalf of Columbia County children.
- We all share responsibility for the quality of life in our community including the well-being of children and the maintenance of safe and stable families. To help achieve this goal, Columbia County CASA is dedicated to the support and sustenance of trained volunteers working with and on behalf of Columbia County children.
- Truthful conduct on everyone’s part to create a strong, credible reputation for CASA. We operate from a common purpose, doing what is best for the children, the organization, the CASA Network, and its stakeholders.
- Careful and responsible management of all resources to ensure long term sustainability and advancement of our mission.
- Doing the right thing, in an honest, fair, and responsible way. Immediately addressing concerns directly with each other and expressing appreciation and recognition on a job well done.
- Committed to inclusiveness and respecting all individual human rights and privacy. Eliminating all forms of discrimination, whether based on religion, belief, race, ethnicity, nationality, gender, or physical disability.
- Seeking opportunities, embracing challenges, and accepting changes that will improve our work. Creating a collaborative environment for honorable and respectful involvement in the child welfare system.
Columbia County CASA
Board of Directors
- Susanna Bradley
- Bill Tierney
- Micki Bender
- James Miller
- Vicki Warren
- Danny Beard
- Nancy Long
- Jeanette Gessner
- Beatriz Somoza