2nd Judicial District CASA
mission & vision
Inspiration came to Seattle juvenile court judge David W. Soukup in 1976.
Judge Soukup had insufficient information to make a life-changing decision for a 3-year-old girl who had suffered from child abuse.
That’s where the idea came from: These children, who had experienced abuse or neglect, needed trained volunteers speaking up in the courtroom for their best interests.
– Judge Soukup on the first CASA/GAL meeting, thinking six or seven people would show up.
"When I walked into the lunchroom, there were 50 people there. And I said, ‘This is going to work.’”