Our History


Court Advocates for Children has been advocating for abused and neglected children in Kittitas County for over thirty-five years.



The CASA program began in 1977 in King County Superior Court located in Seattle, Washington, under the leadership of Presiding Judge David Soukup. By 1999, the CASA program had expanded across the United States. A national CASA association, headquartered in Seattle, provides support for its member programs throughout the country. 

Kittitas County’s CASA program began in 1985 under the leadership of Kittitas County Superior Court Judge JoAnne Alumbaugh.

In many counties, the CASA program is a part of the county’s juvenile court. Kittitas County’s CASA program is truly independent of the court, being managed and administered by an independent not-for-profit agency — Court Advocates for Children for Kittitas County, located in Ellensburg.

father sitting on sofa with a book beside his child

our mission

It is our mission to provide trained independent volunteers who promote and advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children within the justice system of Kittitas County.

Our vision is a community that is aware of and committed to the efforts of Court Advocates for Children to secure safe, permanent, and loving homes for the abused and neglected children in Kittitas County.

“It takes a whole village to raise a child.”

– Igbo and Yoruba (Nigeria) Proverb

Please help us!

We need your help to fulfill our mission and vision. Without the support of the Kittitas County community we will not be able to provide advocacy for the vulnerable children.