As COURT Appointed Special Advocates, the courtroom is essential to our work. This is where a Judge initially appoints us to serve a child. It is also where we then bring forth information and observations that assist the Judge in making weighty decisions on behalf of that child. This month, we welcome “guest bloggers” to share their perspective on the roles they play within the courtroom to serve both the court system and children in need of a voice.
Reflections from a Judge
The concept of CASA was a judge’s idea. 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 case led to his idea that volunteers could and should be trained to speak up for children’s best interests in court.
Hear directly from Judge Soukup in the video below.
To learn more about becoming a CASA volunteer visit our website to register for one Henrico CASA’s upcoming virtual information sessions.