Child Advocates San Antonio is one of more than 900 local programs in 50 states affiliated with the National CASA Association. The local names of these programs vary, but they include: Court Appointed Special Advocates, Guardian Ad Litems and Voices for Children.
Nationally, Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) was launched in 1977 by a Seattle Superior Court judge who utilized community volunteers to speak for the best interests of abused and neglected children in court. Locally, recognizing a critical need for Advocate services to aid abused and neglected children in San Antonio, the National Council of Jewish Women founded CASA in 1984 to serve children in Bexar County. For 33 years, CASA has successfully provided abused and neglected children in Bexar County a unique service that no other agency does.