We are excited to be kicking off our 3rd Annual CASA Angel Tree Toy Drive. We will soon be releasing all our 2020 Angel Tree Hosts!
Christmas is an exciting time for all children, but it can be difficult for those escaping abuse and neglect. While most of us see the holidays as a joyous time, many of our CASA children find this time of year very challenging. Our volunteers and staff are busy collecting gift ideas from over 270 children and preparing Angel Tree request cards.
We at CASA for the Highland Lakes believe that these children deserve to experience the magic of the holiday season.
To become a CASA is to give a child a voice in the courts and a hope for a better outcome to their case. The purpose of a CASA volunteer is to be appointed by the court to advocate for children who come into the court system primarily as a result of alleged abuse or neglect. The CASA’s role is to advocate for the child’s best interests in the court at every stage of the case once appointed by the court. Additionally, the CASA’s role is to be an individual who respects a child’s inherent right to grow up with dignity in a safe environment that meets that child’s best interests.
In the 2018-2019 Fiscal year, we served CPS cases that involved 431 children. We currently have 60 active dedicated volunteer Advocates covering over 150 cases. Let us be more specific, many of these advocates are covering more than one case! As you can see, this situation is desperate. We have had a 22% increase in cases over the last fiscal year. Unfortunately, we currently have a list of children waiting for a CASA of their own. All children deserve a happy and safe life. CASA’s are a part of the multi-disciplinary team that puts this mission into action. Now we need action from the great citizens of Burnet, Blanco, Llano, Lampasas and San Saba Counties.
GIVE THEM A VOICE
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.
From volunteer trainings to community events, we have lots of upcoming opportunities for you to connect with us! Check out our month to month calendar to see what’s happening near you!
WHAT IS A CASA?
By becoming a CASA volunteer, you can help provide a voice for children who have been abused or neglected. Check out our Frequently Asked Questions section for more details on CASA and what it means to be a CASA volunteer.