CASA was founded in 1977 by a juvenile court judge who was concerned about making drastic decisions with insufficient information on children involved in dependancy (abuse) hearings and envisioned the idea of citizen volunteers speaking up for the best interest of children. The local CASA program was re-organized under Twin Cedars in late 2008 and began serving children in July 2009. The program has trained over 110 volunteers and currently has 65 active volunteers who represented 158 abused and neglected children in calendar year 2012. CASA Volunteers are trained community volunteers who are appointed to a case by the Juvenile Court Judge to advocate for the needs, services and best interest of the child. CASAs are officers of the court and make recommendations to the court to ensure children are in a safe and approriate placement and advise the court on how to meet the permanency needs of the child and family.