What is CASA?

CASA is a national program started in 1977 by a judge in Seattle who worried about the lifelong impact his decisions were making in the lives of abused and neglected children.


In an LA Times interview, the judge said “I was consumed by the fact that I didn't have enough information about each child, and I just didn't know if I had done the very best job I could.”

He thought well-trained volunteers could ensure children’s voices were heard and provide judges with the necessary insight to make the best possible decisions. His vision became Court Appointed Special Advocates, and it gave birth to a movement.

Now, across the nation, nearly 90,000 CASAs serve a quarter of a million abused and neglected children each year in over 1,000 local programs.  


Each of those CASA programs recruit, train, and supervise everyday people who volunteer to build meaningful relationships and advocate for abused and neglected children in juvenile dependency court. 

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Upcoming CASA Training


Jan. 18 – Feb. 17

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.

200 Providence Mine Rd., Suite #210

Nevada City, CA

For more information about applying to be

a CASA, contact:

Melinda Douros, Program Manager

melinda@caofnc.org  (530) 265-9550 ext. 222

In Nevada County, the CASA program operates under Child Advocates of Nevada County, and has actively supported local children in dependency court for over 20 years. Currently, Child Advocates of Nevada County has between 50 and 60 trained advocates who work with over 100 children each year.