Road to Independence

July 1st, 2019 CASA of Rock County became an independent organization! Previously, CASA of Rock County was operating under Family Services of Southern Wisconsin and Northern Illinois since the program originated in 2005. Over the years, our program has grown in many ways including: number of volunteers, number of children severed each year, amount of financial support, and in number of employees! In the chart shown below, you can not only see how our program has grown in the number of volunteers and number of children served, but you can also see how more and more CASA volunteers are needed each year as the waitlist for children involved within the child welfare system without a CASA grows.

To better understand the CASA of Rock County’s growth, here is a breif timeline of some important milestones we have gone through to get where we are today:

  1. 2005 – CASA of Rock County opened under the parent organization Family Services of Southern WI and Northern IL, with director Lisa Anderson and the Honorable Judge Werner

  2. 2005 – Later that year Wanda Diderich became director

  3. 2008 – Judge Werner Retired and Jugde Bates became our new Family Court Judge

  4. 2010 – CASA of Rock County moved offices into the Rock County Courthouse

  5. Aug 2011 – Kim Churchill became director

  6. Mar 2016 – Sandy Johnson became director

  7. Oct 2016 – CASA of Rock County received federal grant funding from VOCA (Victims of Crime Act) for the first time

  8. Apr 2017 – CASA of Rock County had their first Pinwheels for Prevention event

  9. Aug 2018 – Judge Bates retired and Judge Haakenson is our new Family Court Judge

  10. Jan 2019 – CASA of Rock County moved to larger offices within the courthouse to accomodate staff growth

  11. Jul 2019 – CASA of Rock County became an independent 501(c)(3) organization

We are so excited for what is to come for CASA of Rock County in the future, but we cannot do it alone! You can help us as we start our new journey by donating at or view other ways you can help CASA of Rock County at

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