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Resources for Judges

Resources for Judges

The CASA/GAL model was founded by a judge, and judges have endorsed it from the start.

Advocate for Children

Success through partnership

Judge David Soukup was concerned about his ability to make decisions relating to the lives of children who’d been neglected or abused, without sufficient information about them.

He had the idea of using carefully screened and trained community volunteers to speak for the best interests of children in court. In 1977, the first CASA/GAL program was born, in King County, Washington.

Read more about our history.

We have a long-standing partnership with the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ), and are supported by the Conference of Chief Justices and the Conference of State Court Administrators.

An effective relationship between each program and the court remains essential to our ability to provide effective volunteer advocacy for children.

Learn more about the CASA/GAL model

Resources to support judges’ work with CASA/GAL programs

Statements and resolutions in support of CASA/GAL volunteer advocacy

Interested in bringing the CASA/GAL program to your courtroom?

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