The mission of Texas CASA is to support local CASA volunteer advocacy programs and to advocate for effective public policy for children in the child protection system. Texas CASA is an inclusive, welcoming and affirming organization; and are committed to their goal of ensuring the highest quality advocacy possible for all children in the child protection system.
By becoming a Court Appointed Special Advocate, or CASA volunteer, you can help keep abused and neglected children safe, giving them a chance at finding happiness. CASA volunteers are individuals from all walks of life who speak up for a child’s best interests in court. You are not a foster parent, you are a voice, making a real difference at a critical turning point in the child’s life.
What do CASA volunteers do?
CASA volunteers get to know the child and gather information from everyone involved in his or her daily life, including family members, foster parents, teachers, daycare providers, doctors, lawyers, social workers and other relevant persons. You spend a significant amount of time with the child, gaining his or her trust. CASA volunteers use the information gathered to report to the judge, advocating for the child’s needs while in the foster care system. As a volunteer, you commit to represent a child’s best interests until the child reaches a safe, permanent home. TO BECOME A CASA VOLUNTEER MEANS YOU ARE:
Willing to commit at least one year of your time
Able to effectively communicate orally and in writing
Willing to participate in an in-depth training program
Able to pass criminal and CPS history background checks