CASA was one Judge's answer to the question of what he needed to see the full picture.
With an over worked and understaffed system, inspiration came to Seattle juvenile court judge David W. Soukup in 1976, who felt he was getting the same recommendations for each case despite each case being vastly different.
That’s where the idea came from: These children, who had experienced abuse or neglect, needed trained volunteers speaking up in the courtroom for their best interests.
Hillsdale CASA History
Hillsdale CASA was formed in 2013, with the first class of volunteers being sworn in in November of 2014. Community members approached Michelle Bianchi when she was running for probate court judge. After learning what the program was, she used it as one of her platforms for running. When she was elected, she implemented the CASA program in Hillsdale County and has strongly supported it throughout the years.
As of 2023 we have approximately 105 children in foster care in Hillsdale County and we currently have 19 volunteers serving 50 kids. Our goal is to eventually have a CASA worker for every child in foster care, so the need for volunteers is great! Please contact us for more information or fill out an application by selecting the "Become an Advocate" tab on our home page.