Where We Came From and What We Do

A Little History

The first CASA program began in Seattle, Washington in 1977 as the idea of Judge David Soukup. This one program initiated a movement, which has since grown to include over 900 programs in all 50 states across the nation.

The DeKalb County CASA Program began in 1990. Founded by a Child Advocate Attorney, it operated as a part-time program directly under the supervision of the Child Advocate Office for nearly 7 years. It was at first staffed by MSW interns as their practicum site.  In 1997, with the approval of a grant from National CASA, the program became full time.


The mission of the DeKalb County CASA Program is to advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children who are under the protection of the juvenile court, seeking to assure safe, permanent families for them as quickly as possible.

CASA accomplishes this mission by training and supporting citizen volunteers who serve as advocates for individual children while maintaining proper ethical behavior, respect, and confidentiality.

If you are interested in becoming a CASA volunteer, feel free to contact our office at 404-378-0038. Or email us at dekalbcasa@dekalbcasa.org.

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