Texas CASA’s mission is to support local CASA volunteer advocacy programs and to advocate for effective public policy for children in the child protection system.
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 and other settings. That volunteer is called a Court Appointed Special Advocate, or CASA.
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The Texas 85th Legislative Regular Session ended on May 29, 2017, and during the session, lawmakers worked hard to improve the state’s child welfare system, adopting several bills focused on young Texans in foster care. Texas CASA has compiled important information and resources to highlight these recent legislative changes and their impact on CASA.