Featured Community Organization: CASA of Central Texas, Inc.
The featured organization this month is CASA of Central Texas, Inc. When a child enters the foster care system because his or her home is no longer safe, a judge may appoint a committed volunteer to represent and advocate for a child’s best interests in the child protection system. That volunteer is called a Court Appointed Special Advocate®, or CASA. Every volunteer brings three critical qualities to their work: they focus on one case at a time; they bring a unique perspective to the court case; and their sole objective is representing the best interests of the child.
Volunteers are carefully screened and highly trained, then assigned to help one child or set of siblings at a time, so they can focus on providing the advocacy and attention that is needed. CASA volunteers save taxpayers’ money and children’s futures by helping find a safe, permanent home as soon as possible.
CASA of Central Texas, Inc. provides valuable volunteer advocacy for abused child from Caldwell, Comal, Guadalupe and Hays Counties. CASA volunteers serve as the “eyes and ears” for the judges in child welfare cases. This includes researching each child’s specific situation and making objective recommendations to help them reclaim their childhood from abuse and neglect. CASA volunteers are frequently the only stable presence in these children’s lives.
In 2017, CASA volunteers served nearly 575 children in Caldwell, Comal, Guadalupe and Hays Counties, but there were still another 550 children who did not have the voice of a CASA. More advocates are needed, and trainings are held throughout the year. If you would like to make a difference in the life of an abused or neglected child in your community, please contact the CASA office 512-392-3578 or visit www.casacentex.org.