The Mission of Great Plains CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) for Kids, Inc., is to train and supervise community volunteers to be a leading voice in advocating for safe, permanent, nurturing homes for children in need of our services.
A CASA for every child.
Great Plains CASA for Kids is part of a national volunteer movement that began in 1977 when Judge David Soukup in Seattle decided he needed to know more about the children whose lives were in his hands. His solution was to ask community volunteers to act as a “voice in court” for abused and neglected children. These Court Appointed Special Advocate® (CASAs) provided him with the detailed information he needed to safeguard the children’s best interests and ensure that they were placed in safe, permanent homes as quickly as possible. The program was so successful that it was copied around the nation.
The first CASA program established in Texas was Dallas CASA in 1980. Today, the CASA movement has evolved into one of the largest volunteer organizations in the country. In Texas, there are 72 local CASA programs with nearly 8,500 volunteers serving nearly 26,000 foster children in 211 counties.
Great Plains CASA for Kids is a non-profit organization that provides trained community volunteers to represent the child’s best interest in the court. Great Plains CASA for Kids serves abused and neglected children in Deaf Smith, Bailey, Castro, Oldham and Parmer Counties. Our program was 60th program in Texas and was formed in June, 2003. We were appointed to our first case in November, 2003 in Bailey county.