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Who We Are

Our History

One powerful mission starts with one person.

In 1977, a Seattle juvenile court judge was concerned that making drastic decisions with insufficient information conceived the idea of citizen volunteers speaking up for the best interests of abused and neglected children in the courtroom. That first CASA program has grown a network of more than 951 CASA and guardian ad litem programs that are recruiting, training and supporting volunteers in 49 states and the District of Columbia.

The Wayne County Volunteer GAL Program was started in 1991 by then juvenile judge K. William Bailey.  We are affiliated with the National CASA Association and the Ohio CASA Association.