Celebrating 30 Years of CASA

Introduction by Denise Smith, Director

Celebrating 30 years of the Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) program in Pinal County brings back memories for me as a young probation officer. All those years ago with then Judge William “Bill” O’Neil guiding us, our department came to realize that there was a need for this program.

Starting in 1989, we had one coordinator and a part-time secretary with a group of five energetic volunteers. Fast forward to 2019 where we now have a staff of four coordinators, two administrative assistants, a supervisor and nearly 80 volunteers. The volunteers are challenged with some very difficult situations, but often very rewarding experiences.

Being removed from one’s home due to neglect and abuse is traumatic for any child. Juvenile Court Services is dedicated to serving children who have been entered into the dependency system.

We realize the work of our CASA advocates is greatly needed and we will continue to move forward to find solutions that will result in safety for children and safe communities. Join me in celebrating 30 years of our CASA advocates who have truly been the “voice for the child.”

See the full celebration piece HERE