Texas CASA’s Vision & Mission
Our Mission: 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.
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 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.
A Positive FUture for all Texas children
Texas CASA is honored to have received the Human Rights Campaign Foundation All Children – All Families (ACAF) Seal of Recognition! We are proud to have been one of the first two organizations in Texas to receive this seal in 2016, as a disproportionately high number of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) youth are in the child welfare system, many having been abandoned by their families due to their sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. This recognition directly reflects Texas CASA’s continuing efforts to achieve a safe and positive future for all Texas children and youth.
This seal is awarded to child welfare organizations that demonstrate a commitment to supporting and serving LGBTQ children and youth in care, and has only gone to one other CASA organization nationally so far. Read this announcement on the HRC website to learn more.
The CASA Community in Texas
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 abused and neglected children. 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 placed in safe, permanent homes as quickly as possible. 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 71 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. 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 find their forever homes.
Today, the CASA movement has evolved into one of the largest volunteer organizations in the country. In Texas, there are 71 local CASA programs with more than 9,100 volunteers serving nearly 28,000 foster children 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 welfare system has a CASA volunteer.