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OUR HISTORY

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

our history


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.

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, Ellensburg, Washington.

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.

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 vulnerable children.