Advocating for Children in Nueces, Aransas and San Patricio Counties
CASAs are everyday people – teachers, business people, retirees, stay-at-home moms and grandparents – who are committed to making a difference for children who might otherwise slip through the cracks of an overburdened foster care system. Advocates research case records and interview 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 and advocate for the child’s current and future needs in court, in school and in agency meetings. CASA’s independent evaluations allow the court to make better informed decisions. Because advocates serve on 1-2 cases at a time, they truly get to know an individual child or sibling group. They provide sustained, personal attention to every child – just as every child deserves. We invite you to join our family of advocates and make a difference in a child’s life – and your own.
When a child enters the child welfare system because his or her home is no longer safe due to abuse or neglect, a judge may appoint a committed volunteer to advocate for the best interest of the child in court, at school and in other settings. That volunteer is called a Court Appointed Special Advocate, or CASA. Advocates stay with each case until it is closed and the child is placed in a safe, loving, permanent home. For many children, who are abused or neglected, their CASA will be the one constant presence in their lives.
A child with a CASA has HOPE for the future.
Court Appointed Special Advocates help break the cycle of child abuse.
66% of people in Texas prisons today were foster care youth.
A child with a CASA is half as likely to re-enter foster care.
A child with a CASA spends less time in foster care.
In Nueces County a Child Protective Services worker is responsible for 60-65 cases.
A CASA is responsible for 1-2 cases at a time, allowing them to spend quality time on each case.
A CASA keeps the judge informed of the child's unique needs.
Judges, attorneys, child welfare workers and parents overwhelmingly report that CASAs make a difference with the children they serve.
CASA of the Coastal Bend
Many of the children that CASA Volunteers work with have come from hard places of abuse and neglect. They have not formed the normal attachments, have suffered trauma and have related behavioral issues. This video explains these issues and how we work with these children.:
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