CASA volunteers are everyday people – teachers, business people, retirees, stay-at-home moms, or grandparents – anyone that is committed to making a difference for children who might otherwise slip through the cracks in an overburdened foster care system. They are appointed by judges to guide one child or one set of siblings through the system to safe, permanent homes as quickly as possible. CASA volunteers research case records and speaks to each person involved in a child’s life, including family members, teachers, doctors, lawyers, and social workers. They monitor the progress of the child and family throughout the case and advocate for the child’s current and future needs in court in school, and in agency meetings. Their independent evaluations allow the court to make better-informed decisions.
Because CASA volunteers serve on one case at a time, they truly get to know the child and can give each case the sustained, personal attention it deserves.
We invite you to join our family of volunteers and make a difference in a child’s life – and your own.
A CASA Volunteer must:
- Be 21 years of age or older.
- Successfully pass screening and background check requirements.
- Successfully complete initial training provided by the Big Country CASA program.
(30 hours of initial training plus 3 hours of courtroom observation)
- Be able to make an approximately 12-18-month minimum commitment to a case.
(An average commitment of 2 – 10 hours per month)
- Be able to keep information confidential and work within established program guidelines.
- Collaborate with professionals assigned to the case.
- Complete 12 hours of continuing education hours each calendar year.
New Advocates Swearing-In by Paul Rotenberry, 326th District Family Court Judge and April Propst, Taylor County Child Protection Court Judge: