Texas CASA Founder’s 30th Anniversary Challenge
In celebration of our 30th Anniversary, our Founding CEO Jane Quentan Piper has invested $10,000 towards a goal of $20,000 – challenging you to join her in a match so that Texas CASA and the CASA programs can better advocate for children who have been abused and neglected. Read her letter below!
HAPPY 30th ANNIVERSARY TO TEXAS CASA!
I could not be more proud of Texas CASA today. When we were formed 30 years ago, I was traveling around this great state of ours helping to start CASA programs in the 254 counties that we have in Texas. And I can say that I truly loved my work – I KNEW that CASA volunteers were making a difference in children’s lives.
Now we have CASA in 217 of those counties – amazing! However, CASA still has much work to do for the children in Texas who have been abused and neglected. I believe that one of the most effective ways for us to invest our dollars for CASA kids and ALL Texas children in the foster care system is through legislative advocacy.
We have a strong relationship with the Legislature today, thanks to Vicki and her staff. Texas CASA has come up with a tool that will significantly increase our influence and strength with the “POWERS THAT BE” at the Capitol. This project involves setting up a centralized online training base for all 72 local CASA programs statewide.
We must continue building relationships with our legislators through the use of Legislative Advocacy Teams (LATs). As you may know, LATs are the local program extension of Texas CASA’s Public Policy team. These local program staff, volunteers and board members are a voice for change in the child welfare system, bringing due attention to critical issues children face—trauma, lack of normalcy and connectedness. LATs are champions not only for the children their local program serves, but for every child in the child protection system, and they deserve all the support Texas CASA can offer them. With this new resource at their fingertips, LAT members could access the latest information and e-learning they need, whenever they need it, to build on their skills and be most effective in their visits with legislators on behalf of our children.
Therefore, I have invested $10,000 toward a total goal of $20,000. I’m CHALLENGING each of you to join me in a match with as much as you can so that CASA can better serve the children in our state who have been abused and neglected.
My best as always and THANK YOU FOR ALL YOU DO,
Jane Quentan Piper