About Us

Who We Are

Hill Country CASA is a non-profit organization which provides trained, court appointed volunteer Guardians Ad Litem (GAL) to serve children who are victims of abuse and neglect in Bandera, Gillespie, Kendall and Kerr Counties. These volunteers work with the courts to advocate for the overall well-being of these children.

History

CASA is part of a national volunteer movement that began in 1977 when Judge David Soukup in Seattle decided he needed to know more about the children whose lives were in his hands. His solution was to ask community volunteers to act as a “voice in court” for abused and neglected children. These Court Appointed Special Advocate® (CASAs) 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.

Hill Country CASA has continued to serve abused and neglected children in Texas by providing trained community volunteers for every child who was assigned to the program through the court.

Hill Country CASA is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization governed by a volunteer board of directors.

Hill Country CASA was established in 1989 and is a member of the National and Texas CASA Associations. There are over 1,000 CASA programs nationwide and 71 CASA programs in the state of Texas.

Hill Country CASA is pleased to share the results of our 2016 Program Evaluation. This represents feedback from Judiciary, Attorneys ad Litem, and Hill Country CASA Volunteers. This evaluation was conducted in February 2016, presented to the Board of Directors in March 2016, and published April 2016. Evaluation Results 2016

PMC Pilot

We have a proud 17 year history of serving all of the Hill Country’s children in foster care. Each year, in about half of these cases, the parents’ rights are terminated and the child is left with no option to return to their biological parents’ home. These children are in permanent managing conservatorship of the State of Texas until a caring relative or other individual is found to take them in – which can take years.

In these cases, the CASA volunteer is the only steady adult in the child’s life. These children typically move from placement to placement (in some cases more than 10 times). With each placement change come new caregivers, caseworkers, therapists, and friends.

Think about a child you know; and then the support system of nuclear and extended family, friends, school, that surround them and help them to know they are deserving of love. We take for granted the outpouring of love and support for the children in our lives. Foster children do not have the luxury of this love and support, which adds additional trauma to their lives. This is why the steady support of their caring CASA is vitally important to the child’s long term success.

Hill Country CASA is pleased to partner with Texas CASA in the statewide Permanent Managing Conservatorship project, in which we will work with other local programs and our state membership organization to develop best practices for working with, and meeting the needs of, these children.

Hill Country CASA is a proud member of the following community organizations: