Since its creation by a family court judge in Seattle, Court Appointed Special Advocates has become one of the most effective programs of its kind. Today there are almost 1,000 CASA programs around the country. It is a unique blend of private support, public need and the kind of people power that comes from 70,000 volunteers all committed to the rights of every child in the foster care and child welfare system.
Here in Robertson County, a group of community conscious individuals came together in 1999 to address the deplorable conditions of our foster care system. This group was comprised of retired professionals, bankers, religious leaders, Guardian ad Litems, a juvenile court judge and other business professionals. It took a lot of time and hard work, but by early 2004, CASA of Robertson County was officially in business. On November 4, 2004, the first class of volunteers were sworn-in by Juvenile Court Judge, Max Fagan. In January of 2005, the first case was assigned to CASA of Robertson County. Since that time, CASA of Robertson County has continued to grow in volunteer advocates and the number of children served. Currently CASA of Robertson County is operated by one part time staff, Executive Director, under the Governance of 7 volunteer board members.