Since its creation by a family court judge in Seattle, Court Appointed Special Advocates has become one of the most effective programs of its kind. Today there are almost 1,000 CASA programs around the country. It is a unique blend of private support, public need and the kind of people power that comes from 70,000 volunteers all committed to the rights of every child in the foster care and child welfare system.
Here in Robertson County, a group of community conscious individuals came together in 1999 to address the deplorable conditions of our foster care system. This group was comprised of retired professionals, bankers, religious leaders, Guardian ad Litems, a juvenile court judge and other business professionals. It took a lot of time and hard work, but by early 2004, CASA of Robertson County was officially in business. On November 4, 2004, the first class of volunteers were sworn-in by Juvenile Court Judge, Max Fagan. In January of 2005, the first case was assigned to CASA of Robertson County. Since that time, CASA of Robertson County has continued to grow in volunteer advocates and the number of children served.
In 2009, Kathy Williams, a former volunteer advocate, was hired as executive director. During her six years as director, she trained around 50 volunteer advocates and helped serve nearly 300 children. Kathy's service to the volunteers and children of Robertson County has been evident in the program's growth and in the individual lives of which she has served. She has truly left a legacy for CASA of Robertson County and has touched countless lives through her sacrificial service to the community.
In 2015, Summer Boutwell, also a former volunteer advocate, became executive director. CASA of Robertson County is currently serving nearly 40 children. There are still far too many abused and neglected children in our court system waiting for a dedicated, caring adult to stand up for them, to give them a voice.