About Us

Columbia Gorge CASA recruits, trains, and supports community volunteers - just like you - to advocate for these children and ensure that they do not languish in the well-meaning, but overburdened child welfare system.

The trained volunteer, called a "CASA” ( Court Appointed Special Advocate) monitors the child's needs and follows up to ensure services are provided. CASA volunteers are a lifeline for children during this traumatic time in their lives - a bearer of hope.

We need more CASA volunteers so that we can serve all children in foster care here in the Gorge. Lift up a child's voice, a child's life. Become a CASA!

Our History

Inspiration came to Seattle juvenile court judge David W. Soukup in 1976. Judge Soukup had insufficient information to make a life-changing decision for a 3-year-old girl who had suffered from child abuse.

That’s where the idea came from: These children, who had experienced abuse or neglect, needed trained volunteers speaking up in the courtroom for their best interests.

A CASA is often the only consistent person in a child's life during their time in foster care.

Our Board of Directors

Board Chair
Julie Nygard

Vice Chair 

Nicole Sibert


Nate Stice 


Tyler LaBar

Other Members

Prudence Amick
Christa Rude
Brigitte Barnes

Philip Swartz


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Our Vision

A world where every child who has experienced abuse or neglect is given the opportunity to thrive in a safe and loving home.

Our Purpose

Every abused or neglected child needs a caring, consistent adult to advocate for his or her well-being.


Our Mission

To advocate for the needs and well-being of children in foster care through professionally trained and supported community volunteers.

We Need Your Support Today!