On March 1, 2023, the CASA network rallied at the Texas State Capitol for CASA Day at the Capitol. The event brought together more than 280 members from 48 of the CASA programs from across the state to meet with lawmakers about Texas CASA’s legislative priorities and funding.
In addition to over 145 meetings with legislators and their offices, the day included both Senate and House Resolutions by Senator Lois Kolkhorst and Representative James Frank celebrating the CASA network’s contributions. In the House, Rep. Frank honored every CASA volunteer for advocating for children in the foster care system with House Resolution 426.
“They [CASA volunteers] advocate for those who are most vulnerable in the state, and they do a great job speaking out for the best interests of children,” said Chairman Frank during the House Resolution.
Senator Kolkhorst recognized CASA Day at the Capitol with Senate Resolution 256. She thanked volunteers for all of the care, emotion and time put into giving a voice to the children.
“Those volunteers represent what is best about all the people of Texas,” said Senator Kolkhorst.
She also discussed volunteer efforts as well as recent efforts to raise awareness about children without placement. After the resolution’s introduction, Senator Donna Campbell, Senator Drew Springer, and Senator Royce West also gave their thanks to CASA volunteers’ advocacy.
“You provide a safe and loving environment for the children, not just when they need it most. But they carry that safety, that feeling of security with them wherever they go. You’re there, you don’t let them down,” said Senator Donna Campbell, wearing a CASA blue dress.
Sen. Kolkhorst ended by asking to add all CASA members’ names to the resolution.
If you missed either resolution, you can watch them online at the links below.
House Resolution (from 1:12:22 – 1:15:37 mark)
Senate Resolution (from 46:20 – 52:40 mark)
In addition to the participants who prove every day to be tireless advocates for children and families, we want to thank our Capitol Day sponsor, Superior HealthPlan, for making this event possible.
Be sure to check out the photo album for pictures from the Legislative Reception and CASA Day at the Capitol.