Who We Are
Texas CASA is the statewide association for 72 local CASA programs. We work to connect each part of the CASA community and empower the local programs to perform at their highest level. With a solid foundation and a culture of collaboration, we strengthen the programs’ ability to serve their volunteers – and ultimately, the children in need – positioning us to collectively move forward with greater success. At Texas CASA, we work passionately to improve the child protection system through legislation and other positive public policy changes. We speak up for children in the system by bringing the needs to lawmakers’ attention and providing these decision makers with our experiences and perspective.
The mission of Texas CASA is to support local CASA volunteer advocacy programs and to advocate for effective public policy for children in the child protection system.
Texas CASA envisions a safe and positive future for all Texas children.
THE CASA WAY
We have an uncompromising belief that we will achieve what others think is impossible, and each of us is an essential part of the solution.
Texas CASA is part of a national volunteer movement that began in 1977 when a judge in Seattle decided he needed to know more about the children whose lives were in his hands. He started using community volunteers – regular citizens – as a “voice in court” for children who had experienced abuse and neglect. These Court Appointed Special Advocates® (CASA) provided him with the detailed information he needed to safeguard the children’s best interests and ensure that they were safe and had the opportunity to thrive. The program was so successful that it was copied around the nation.
The first CASA program established in Texas was Dallas CASA in 1980. Texas CASA was formed in 1989 when a passionate CASA volunteer from one of our state’s then 13 local CASA programs had the vision of a statewide hub – an organization belonging to everyone in Texas working tirelessly in pursuit of the same mission. That individual was our founding CEO Jane Quentan Piper, and her idea was, and is, Texas CASA.
At the local level, the 72 CASA programs in Texas do the hands-on work of recruiting, training and supervising volunteers to speak up in court and represent the best interests of children in the child protection system. As the statewide organization, Texas CASA provides financial support and services to help ensure the state’s CASA programs operate effectively and can seek out the best possible volunteers who will work tirelessly and diligently to help children.
Today, the CASA movement has evolved into one of the largest volunteer organizations in the country. In Texas, there are 72 local CASA programs with nearly 11,000 volunteers serving more than 30,000 children in foster care in 213 counties. Many things have changed over the years, but Texas CASA has remained focused on one primary mission: to work with local programs to assure every child in the child protection system has a CASA volunteer.
What We Stand For
Texas CASA is an inclusive, welcoming and affirming organization; and we are committed to our goal of ensuring the highest quality advocacy possible for all children in the child protection system. We are an equal opportunity employer and do not discriminate against any individual, employee or applicant on the basis of race, national origin, color, creed, sex, age, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, or veteran or citizenship status.
Texas CASA received the America’s Best Charities Seal of Excellence in 2019. This seal is awarded to charitable organizations that meet the highest standards of public accountability, program efficiency and cost effectiveness. Nationally, fewer than 2,000 nonprofits of the more than 1,000,000 charities operating in the US have been awarded this seal.
Texas CASA first received the Human Rights Campaign Foundation All Children – All Families (ACAF) Seal of Recognition in 2016, becoming one of the first two organizations in Texas to receive this honor. This seal is awarded to child welfare organizations that demonstrate a commitment to supporting and serving LGBTQ children and youth in care and directly reflects Texas CASA’s continuing efforts to achieve a safe and positive future for all Texas children and youth.