CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates)
Is central to fulfilling society's most fundamental obligation by making sure a qualified, compassionate adult will fight for and protect a child's right to be safe, to be treated with dignity and respect and to learn and grow in the safe embrace of a loving family.
Our goal is to reduce the trauma of children in Child Protective Services by matching a child with a trained CASA volunteer who will offer support for the child through a long-term consistent relationship.
The volunteer will explore and recommend resources and options available for the child and will offer the child guidance and information in understanding and dealing with the complex, unfamiliar court, and child welfare system.
- To advocate vigorously for the rights of abused and neglected children in Palo Pinto and Parker Counties ensuring that all "reasonable efforts" have been made for a child at every stage of the Child Protective Service process.
- To improve the quality of information presented to the courts on behalf of the child by informing the court of the child's adjustment and state of mind. This is done by gathering relevant information and making appropriate case recommendations in a written case report to the judge overseeing the child's case.
- To develop and implement a sound program management plan which includes recruitment, retention, supervision, and training of a competent volunteer corps which is ethnically, racially, and linguistically representative of the population to be served.
In addition to our services to abused and neglected children, the CASA program works to provide the community education concerning the issue of child abuse, neglect, and child welfare policy.
We are also committed to working toward public policies that promote child abuse prevention and to address reforms in the Child Protective Services/Foster Care Systems.
Who is CASA?
Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteers are people like you. They are teachers, business people, retirees and grandparents. CASA volunteers want to make certain the voices of abused and neglected children are heard in an over-burdened child welfare system.
How to become a CASA- Hope for Children Volunteer? Step one: Attend an Information Session. The CASA- Hope for Children information session describes the volunteer program and the process to become a volunteer advocate. You will learn more about CASA, the volunteer’s role and the training program.