Who we are

In 1977, Seattle Superior Court Judge David Soukup was concerned about trying to make decisions on behalf of abused and neglected children with very limited information. He conceived the idea of appointing community volunteers to speak up for the best interests of these children in court. He made a request for volunteers; 50 citizens responded, and that was the start of the CASA movement.

What We Do

Court Appointed Special Advocates of Washington County recruits, screens, trains, and supervises volunteers who are then matched with a youth who is under the jurisdiction of the courts. On a one to one basis, with their prospective youth, these volunteers collect and provide case information to the Court regarding the youths best interests; advocating for timely, permanent, and safe and secure homes and families.

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This project is supported by a
grant from the Maryland Judiciary’s Administrative Office of the Courts – Department of Juvenile and Family Services Grant Awarding Department.



The Governor’s Office of Crime Control & Prevention (GOCCP) funded this project under sub-award VOCA-2017-0099. All points of view in this document are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the official position of any State or Federal agency.


United Way

Court Appointed Special Advocates of Washington County is pleased and proud to partner with United Way of Washington County  to provide advocacy services to abused and neglected children to improve child, family, and community welfare in Washington County.  Please consider joining this partnership by contributing/donating to the United Way of Washington County.