The History of CASA and Our Mission

1977 - Judge David Soukup in Seattle, Washington formed the first volunteer program for child advocates. Word of the success of that program spread quickly and similar programs began all over the United States.

1982 - The National CASA Association was established to serve as a support organization for the growing number of programs in the country.

2002 - CASA of Stanislaus County was formed by members of the local community led by Presiding Judge William Mayhew and Presiding Juvenile Judge Marie Silveira.

2003 - On August 27, 2003 our first CASA case appointment was made. The advocate assigned, Cindia Julsgard, is our senior Case Manager and an active advocate to this day.

Today - CASA of Stanislaus County is a team of 60+ volunteers trained and supervised by the CASA staff and overseen by our CASA Board of Directors. We serve hundreds of abused, abandoned, and neglected Stanislaus County children each year giving them a voice and hope for a brighter future.

The CASA of STANISLAUS COUNTY Mission:

To provide quality advocacy services for all abused and neglected children in the dependency system through the use of trained volunteers.

The CASA of STANISLAUS COUNTY Vision:

CASA of Stanislaus County is a passionate community organization that provides every child received through the court system with personalized advocacy and support. Our goal is to provide a safe, permanent, nurturing environment for every child served.