When home is no longer safe for a child, and the child must enter the foster care system, a judge may appoint a committed volunteer called a CASA or Court Appointed Special Advocate. The volunteer’s focus is on the child, providing hope and help in guiding the child to a safe, permanent home.
The group became formally incorporated as CASA of the Tom Green County on March 26, 1987. Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) joined the Children’s Advocacy Center in 1998. The program’s mission is to speak for the best interests of abused and neglected children whose future home will be determined by a Court of Law. Volunteers embody the spirit of the program and CASA’s goal is to provide each child a safe, permanent and nurturing home.
Who are our CASA volunteers?
CASA volunteers are from all walks of life, ages, and ethnic groups who are trained to act as court-appointed advocates for children involved in the judicial process. CASA’s primary mandate is to provide advocacy for abused and neglected children who have been removed from their homes and who are in state conservatorship. As trained volunteers, CASA volunteers are appointed by judges to be a voice for these children in Court. CASA volunteers are ordinary people who are committed to doing what is best for a child in the foster care system. CASA volunteers serve as the court’s eyes and ears to give the judge information that will help decide whether a child should stay with parents, be placed with relatives, or be freed for permanent adoption.
2016 Training Dates for new Volunteers
February 1st-4th & 8th-11th
May 2nd–5th and 9th–12th
July 11th–14th and 18th–21st
September 12th–15th and 19th–22nd