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In 1977, concerned over making decisions about abused and neglected children without sufficient information, a Seattle judge conceived the idea of using trained volunteers to speak for the best interests of these children in court. So successful was this Seattle program, that soon judges across the country began using citizen advocates. In 1990, the United States Congress strongly encouraged the expansion of CASA with the passage of the Victims of Child Abuse Act. Today, nearly 950 CASA programs are in operation with over 76,000 men and women serving as CASA volunteers! CASA of Lonoke County opened its doors in October 2000, expanded services into both Monroe and Woodruff Counties in October 2015, followed by Arkansas County in September 2016. The organization became known as Grand Prairie CASA in September 2016. CASA is a registered 501 (c) 3, non-profit organization governed by a board of directors.