Annual CASA Baby Shower
Please join us for the Kootenai Democrat Women Association’s Annual North Idaho CASA Baby Shower. CASA is an acronym for Court Appointed Special Advocate. North Idaho CASA recruits, trains, and supports volunteers who represent abused and neglected children during court hearings and other legal matters. Their vision “Is to ensure that every child in Idaho’s First Judicial District lives in a safe, healthy, nurturing family environment.”
The KDWA baby shower helps CASA by collecting clothing for babies who are newborn to toddler 2. Specifically, the women’s association requests donations for clothing and diapers. If you plan to participate, please bring a wrapped shower gift. In addition, the party organizers encourage participants to bring wine or hor d’oeuvres to share. KDWA co-chairs: Kathy Beechler and Sheila Gary will by your party hosts.
The National CASA Association began in 1977 when Judge David Soukup from Seattle realized he was only able to spend approximately 15 minutes on each child protection case before him. This, he decided was not adequate time to investigate and decide on the fate of a child. He asked himself who would be able to give him a straight factual picture of the circumstances in this child’s life? He gathered a group of community volunteers to look into each case and give him a fact based report on the child and their family. These volunteers looked at one case at a time and would then make recommendations based on their findings. As the story goes, CASA was born.
There are now CASA programs in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and the Virgin Islands. There are over 58,000 CASA volunteers nationwide, from over 900 programs serving over 100,000 children a year.