MISSION & HISTORY.
The CASA movement began in 1977 when Judge David Soukup of Seattle, Washington, came up with the idea of trained community volunteers advocating for abused and neglected children. Judge Soukup felt he did not have sufficient information to make informed decisions in cases involving children. From his vision, CASA has spread across the country. There are now over 900 CASA programs nationwide with over 70,000 child advocates! Since its inception in 1977, CASA volunteers have advocated for more than 1,000,000 abused and neglected children.
The first CASA program in Kansas was developed in 1981 in Wichita, KS. In 1988 Sunflower CASA Project began in Riley county. Our program then branched out to Clay county in 1991 serving all of the 21st Judicial District. Then in 2001, we expanded again to Pottawatomie county, a member of the 2nd Judicial district.
Mission of Sunflower CASA: To make available trained volunteers to advocate for the best interests of children and youth who come into the court system of the 21st and 2nd Judicial Districts.
Stepping Stones CAC
Mission of Stepping Stones CAC: To provide a comprehensive, multi-disciplinary team response to allegations of child abuse in a child-friendly facility to help reduce trauma to the child while maintaining the integrity and comfort of the child.
Sunflower Bridge CEVC
Mission of Sunflower Bridge CEVC: To provide a safe and structured environment in which supervised visits and child exchanges can be conducted between children and their non-residential parents.
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