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CASA is part of a national volunteer movement that began in 1977 when a judge in Seattle decided he needed to know more about the children whose lives were in his hands. He started using community volunteers – regular citizens – as a “voice in court” for abused and neglected children. These Court Appointed Special Advocates® (CASA) provided him with the detailed information he needed to safeguard the children’s best interests and ensure that they were placed in safe, permanent homes as quickly as possible. The program was so successful that it was copied around the nation.
Today, CASA is serving the children throughout Hill County in the following towns:
THE CASA COMMUNITY IN TEXAS
The first CASA program established in Texas was Dallas CASA in 1980. At the local level, the 72 CASA programs in Texas do the hands-on work of recruiting, training and supervising volunteers to speak up in court and represent the best interests of children. As the statewide organization, Texas CASA provides financial support and services to help ensure the state’s CASA programs operate effectively and can seek out the best possible volunteers who will work tirelessly and diligently to help children find their forever homes.
Today, the CASA movement has evolved into one of the largest volunteer organizations in the country. In Texas, there are 71 local CASA programs with more than 9,100 volunteers serving nearly 28,000 foster children in 213 counties. Many things have changed over the years, but Texas CASA has remained focused on one primary mission: to work with local programs to assure every child in the child welfare system has a CASA volunteer.
Join the movement
Take the first step to becoming a volunteer by:
- Submitting a contact form, or
- Downloading and submitting your volunteer application and request for a background check. Both completed forms should be submitted to drawls@@casaofhillcountytexas.org