WHAT IS CASA?
Big Country CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) trains and supports volunteer advocates for children removed from their homes due to abuse or neglect. Each CASA volunteer is appointed by the court to represent the best interests of a child or set of siblings in foster care and to advocate for the services they need to heal and thrive. CASA’s goal is to help children find safe, permanent homes as soon as possible and ultimately, become healthy adult citizens.
WHAT DOES A CASA VOLUNTEER DO?
- CASA volunteers are screened, highly trained and appointed by judges to advocate for a child’s best interests in the child protection system.
- CASA volunteers are each assigned to one child or set of siblings so they can focus on giving them the individualized advocacy and attention they need.
- CASA volunteers save taxpayers money and children’s futures by helping children find a safe, permanent homes as soon as possible.
QUALIFICATIONS FOR CASA
- Willing to commit at least eighteen months of your time for the benefit of the child
- Able to effectively communicate orally and in writing
- Willing to go through an in-depth training program
- Able to pass an extensive criminal and CPS history background check
- Age 21 and over
In Texas, 72 local programs with more than 7,200 volunteers are serving nearly 23,000 abused and neglected children in 208 counties. However, more than 24,000 children in foster care do not have someone to speak up for them.