WHO WE ARE
In 1976, Seattle Superior Court Judge David Soukup was concerned about making a decision on behalf of a 3-year-old child who had experienced abuse. He conceived the idea of appointing community volunteers to advocate for the best interests of children, who experienced abuse or neglect, in court. He made a request for volunteers; 50 citizens responded, and that was the start of the CASA movement.
CASA of Johnson & Wyandotte Counties was locally founded in 1985, with major support from the National Council of Jewish Women. Annually we serve approximately 43% of the children who move through Johnson & Wyandotte County court systems as a direct cause of abuse and neglect. We are able to advocate for these children through the dedication and compassion of our CASA volunteers as well as other committed community volunteers.
To provide a meaningful voice and connection that instills hope and builds resilience for children
who have experienced abuse and neglect.
We fulfill our mission by recruiting, training, and supervising community volunteers. Our CASA volunteers are appointed by judges of the juvenile courts in Johnson & Wyandotte Counties to advocate for the best interests of children and youth in the foster care system.
To create a community where every child who has experienced abuse and neglect is given the opportunity to thrive.
At CASA of Johnson and Wyandotte Counties, our work will be guided and informed by our
beliefs and commitment to the following areas:
We prioritize the needs and safety of our children.
We create an environment where all people are heard and supported.
We believe in the power of providing meaningful connections.
INCLUSIVE & EQUITABLE
We are committed to maintaining an inclusive environment with equitable treatment for all.
We approach all people with respect, dignity and compassion.
We empower our volunteers and staff with tools and resources that support our kids to thrive.
We value collaboration to effect positive change.
DIVERSITY & INCLUSION
We are dedicated to modeling diversity and inclusion throughout our community.
"CASA volunteers are the eyes and ears of the Court and are an important and essential ingredient to my ability to make the best decision possible for the children who have cases before me. If I could
have a CASA on all my cases, I would.”
- Judge Kathleen Sloan, Johnson County
MEET OUR TEAM
President & CEO
Special Events Coordinator
Administrative & Development Assistant
MEET OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS
1st Vice Chair
2nd Vice Chair
RSM US LLP
ANGIE LEONDEDIS SCHWARTZ
U.S. Army Command and General Staff College
District of Kansas
Commercial Law Group, P.A.