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CASA, court appointed special advocates, is one of our newest sponsors. Please read below to find out more about this fantastic organization and how you can help!
CASA of Travis County speaks up for children who’ve been abused or neglected by empowering our community to volunteer as advocates for them in the court system. When the state steps in to protect a child’s safety, a judge appoints a trained CASA volunteer to make independent and informed recommendations in the child’s best interest.
For children who’ve been abused or neglected, CASA means having a home instead of feeling lost, and being a priority instead of feeling invisible. Children with CASA volunteers are more likely to end up with their family, and according to National CASA, more likely to receive therapy, health care and education and do better in school, and less likely to be bounced from one place to another or get stuck in long-term foster care. CASA’s vision is to provide a volunteer advocate for every child in need in our community. Last year, 700 children still needed a volunteer to speak up for them.
For volunteers, CASA is a life-changing experience that makes our community a better place. CASA volunteers come from every walk of life and share a commitment to improving children’s lives, a willingness to learn, and an open mind towards life experiences different from their own. Volunteers complete an interview, background checks and a 39-hour intensive training program including in-person and online classes and courtroom observation. After being sworn-in by a judge, volunteers are appointed to a child or family of children and spend an average of 15-20 hours a month advocating for these children for at least a year. They get to know the child while also gathering information from the child’s family, teachers, doctors, caregivers and anyone else involved in the child’s life. Judges highly value CASA’s recommendations which help them make informed decisions in the child’s best interest.
CASA of Travis County was created in 1985 by concerned community members and judges and was the fourth CASA program in Texas – following the creation of the national CASA model by a Seattle family court judge in 1977. In our first year, CASA recruited and trained 43 volunteers who served 85 children. CASA of Travis County is now one of the top ten CASA programs in the nation, supporting nearly 650 volunteers who advocate for more than 1,800 children a year.
You can give a child a powerful voice today by becoming a CASA volunteer or donating to CASA of Travis County.
Learn more about becoming a CASA volunteer or RSVP for a Volunteer Info Session at http://www.casatravis.org/volunteer.
Make a donation to support CASA of Travis County’s advocacy for children at http://www.casatravis.org/give.
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