Nationally - Court Appointed Special Advocates, or CASA, was created in Seattle, Washington by Judge Davis Soukup in 1977. Judge Soukup found it difficult to make a decision in cases involving abused and neglected children solely based on the information provided by child protective services. The volunteers would form recommendations on the children’s best interest.
Locally - In 2003, CASA of Natchitoches was incorporated to provide foster children in Natchitoches Parish a voice in court by training competent volunteer advocates to appear on their behalf. In 2006, the name was changed to CASA of Central Louisiana, Inc. (CASA), and the area served was expanded to include Sabine and Red River parishes.