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History

“As a judge, I needed help.  I dared to dream that abused children languishing in foster care could get special help for a new life.  Voices for Children has given hundreds of hurting children coming through my court the opportunity to flourish and realize life’s potential.  Each advocate is truly a guardian angel for a child, and I need the help each provides.” –Herbert B. Ray, Retired Broome County Family Court Judge-

- 1977 – Federal Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act declares “every child has a right to be heard and has a right to a safe, permanent place to live and thrive.”

- 1977 - The Court Appointed Special Advocate Program (CASA) began in Seattle, Washington.

- 1982 – National CASA Association, Inc was formed as the umbrella agency for the many programs that were being developed across the country. 

- 1993 – Judges Herbert B. Ray & Joseph P. Hester, Jr.  open a Voices for Children/CASA office in Broome County.  Eight Advocates were sworn in that first year. 

- 2011 – 1055 CASA offices are in operation.  Our local program has over 30 advocates serving more than 100 children.

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