In 1977 Judge David Soukup, then Presiding Judge of King County Superior Court in Seattle, Washington, searched for alternative ways to ensure that the child' s best interests would be consistently represented to the court. He began using trained citizen volunteers to serve as GALs. His premise was that the child welfare and juvenile justice systems do not want children further damaged, but lack the resources and singleness of agenda to focus adequate energy on the child, alone. Furthermore, he believed that there are capable and caring citizens from every walk of life who genuinely want to help hurting children if they only had opportunity and a bona fide means to do so. CASA provided just such a vehicle.