CASA is the only volunteer organization that empowers everyday citizens as officers of the court.
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 2016-2017 Fiscal year, we served CPS cases that involved 460 children. We have 70 active dedicated volunteer Advocates covering these 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 26% increase in cases over the last fiscal year. We proudly serve 100% of the children that are in CPS care in all of the counties we serve. We fear that one day that may no longer be possible without new Advocates. We might be forced to actually choose who to help and who not to help. That is a sad day that we do not ever want to experience. 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.