Our Programs

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA)

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

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Hope House

Historically, when responding to reports of child abuse and neglect, numerous problems have been encountered, including excessive interviews of child victims, development of physical evidence and lack of communication among involved agencies and individuals.

Having recognized these issues, Tom Green County developed a cooperative team approach to the investigation of child abuse and neglect. Beginning in November of 1992, the first child was interviewed at Hope House. Hope House staff work with representatives from Child Protective Services, the police department, the sheriff’s office, the district attorney’s office, medical personnel, therapists and other community service agencies, who comprise a team of experts designed to review cases of children who have been abused and determine if there is enough evidence to pursue prosecution against the alleged perpetrator.

This is an important component as it brings justice to children who have been traumatized by abuse. Hope House provides a warm, home -like, neutral environment for children who are brought here for the interview process upon an outcry of alleged abuse or neglect.

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Family Enrichment Services (FES)

Created in 1999, offers a whole family approach to strengthening the family. Services are offered in Tom Green, Concho and Runnels counties. FES is for any parent or caregiver who has ever had a question about raising a child. In 2013, 530 children and adults were served.

Additional FES Programs

Family Preservation

These are services offered to families referred by the Tom Green County Juvenile Probation Department to provide short-term, intensive, inhome counseling services aimed at keeping children in the home and families together.

Parent Mentor Program

The Parent Mentor program is for or those seeking parenting tips or guidance but do not want to attend with a large group. Our trained Parent Mentors meet with families in their homes and tailor services specific to an array of parenting issues – from increasing your child’s self esteem, to coping with an “out of control” child, to navigating local resources and addressing educational issues within the school system.

The Parent Project®

For parents of teenagers ages 13-17. The Parent Project® is a program designed specifically for parents with strong-willed or out-of-control children. The Parent Project® helps to prevent, identify, and intervene in the most destructive of adolescent behaviors.

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Child Fatality Review Team (CFRT)

Evaluates every child death in a 13-county region. The goal is to improve the response to child fatalities, while learning what can be done to prevent future child deaths from occurring. The CFRT strives to provide accurate information on how and why children in our area are dying.

Ultimately, the goal is to reduce the number of preventable child deaths by establishing an effective review and standardized data collection system for all child fatalities. Child fatality review teams are multi-disciplinary, multi-agency panels that review all child deaths regardless of the cause. Members include law enforcement, prosecutors, medical examiners, justices of the peace, health care professionals, child protective services, public and mental health professionals, educators and child advocates. These teams are uniquely qualified to understand what no single agency or group working alone can: how and why children are dying in their community.

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Partner Programs

Concho Valley Family Alliance

The Concho Family Alliance collaborates with families, organizations, and community leaders to strengthen the community through education, advocacy, and services positively empowering the community.

The focus of the CVFA is to work with community members, parents, and agency partners to enhance community-based efforts to develop, operate, and expand programs to strengthen families and fill gaps in services in order to create a continuum of family-centered services to prevent child abuse and neglect.

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