In 1976, Superior Court Judge David Soukup of Seattle, Washington, observed a recurring problem where there was too little information in the courtroom upon which to base a decision about a child’s future. He raised funding to recruit and train community volunteers to obtain information and speak on behalf of children in court. In 1977, a CASA pilot program was formed based on Judge Soukup’s idea. In 1982, the National CASA Association was established to direct CASA’s emerging national presence.
In 1988, Georgia CASA began as a demonstration project of Kids of Georgia Need Volunteers, Inc. In 1989, two pilot CASA programs in Georgia were formed. In 1992, Georgia CASA gained independent, nonprofit status and began transitioning local CASA programs into independence.
In 1996, Mrs. Miriam Bryant, who worked with a CASA program in Maryland before moving to Bulloch County in 1995, approached Superior Court Chief Judge William Woodrum Jr. about whether a CASA program would help to serve the children in the Ogeechee Judicial Circuit. Judge Woodrum agreed..
CASA Ogeechee excitedly opened its doors as an independent, non-profit organization according to IRS Code Section 501 (c) (3), in February of 2002.