What it means to be a CASA volunteer
When a child enters the foster care system because his or her home is no longer safe, a judge may appoint a committed volunteer to help them. That volunteer is called a Court Appointed Special Advocate®, or CASA.
CASA volunteers are screened and highly trained and then appointed by judges to represent and advocate for a child’s best interests in the child protection system. CASA volunteers are each assigned to help one child or set of siblings at a time, so they can focus on giving that child or sibling group 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.
CASA continues to provide valuable volunteer advocacy for every abused child in the Hill Country. CASA volunteers serve as the “eyes and ears” for the judge in child welfare cases. This includes researching each child’s situation and making objective recommendations to help them reclaim their childhoods from abuse and neglect. CASA volunteers are frequently the only stable presence in these children’s lives as they navigate the foster care system.These volunteers bring three critical qualities to their work: they focus on one case at a time; they bring a unique perspective to the court case; and their sole objective is representing the best interests of the child.
Ways to get involved:
With the support of our generous community, Hill Country CASA has provided a personal volunteer advocate for every child in foster care this year. We are so grateful to our community partners:
Perry and Ruby Stevens Foundation
Kerr County United Way
Kendall County United Way
Baptist Health Foundation San Antonio
Kronkosky Charitable Foundation
Dian Graves Owen Foundation
BBVA Compass Bank
The Community Foundation of the Texas Hill Country
Kerr County Commissioners Court
Kendall County Commissioners Court
Bandera County Commissioners Court
Gillespie County Commissioners Court
… and many business owners, individuals, and families throughout the Hill Country, who are committed to ensure no Hill Country child is lost to the foster care system.