About Us

 

Advocating for over 40 years!

The Guardian ad Litem program was founded by the Judges of the United States to create advocates for children in protective care. In 1977, Seattle Judge David Soukup was determined to make informed decisions about the welfare of foster children in his jurisdiction. He established the concept of using trained volunteers to provide information about, and advocate for the interests of abused and neglected children involved in the court system. He called these volunteers Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA)

We, at the Third District Guardian ad Litem Program, bring CASA services and advocacy to Western Idaho serving Adams, Canyon, Gem, Owyhee, Payette, and Washington counties. We are these children’s voices in Court. We look out for their interests during a difficult time in their life. We help them feel safe and secure, and we use our voices to advise a Judge what we believe is in their best interest.

We operate on grant funding and state Legislature appropriated money with continued efforts for further support from local benefactors. We are operated by a volunteer Board of Directors, including members from the business and professional communities, along with volunteer Guardians ad Litem.

We want to give thanks to all community and local support. You are what keep our program running. Everything we receive in donations, or volunteer hours goes back to helping the kids of our community.