In 1977, David Soukup, a Seattle juvenile court judge, was concerned about making drastic decisions with insufficient information. Judge David Soukup conceived the idea of citizen volunteers speaking up for the best interests of abused and neglected children in the courtroom. From that first program has grown a network of nearly 1,000 CASA and Guardian ad Litem programs that are recruiting, training and supporting volunteers in 49 states and the District of Columbia.
CASA of Madison and Clark Counties was started by Judge Jeff Walson in 1998. The Honorable Judge Jeff Walson was the Family Court Judge at the time and really felt that CASA volunteers could help give insight into the best interests of the child.