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Texas CASA’s story began 30 years ago in 1989, and without you, we would not have reached the many milestones over the course of our history. Thank you for being a part of the CASA Story!

Each of you is an integral part of the solution and each of you has a story to tell – and we want to hear that story! Scroll through our timeline of events within the CASA network in Texas as well as in the child welfare system, and then share your CASA story of how you first joined the CASA network to help us complete a visual timeline of our network. All you have to do is submit a photo and brief description of how your CASA story got started and we will add it to the timeline below.

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1989-1999


1989

Jane Quentan Piper (R) with Marty Braniff, founder of Child Advocates Inc., forming Texas CASA at Marty’s kitchen table.

Jane Quentan Piper Founds Texas CASA

Our story started in 1989 when a passionate CASA volunteer and our state’s original 13 local CASA programs had a wonderful vision of a statewide hub. That individual was Jane Quentan Piper and their idea was, and is, Texas CASA.

While Texas CASA’s story officially started in 1989, Jane’s CASA Story started in 1980 when she became a volunteer with Dallas CASA.

1991

Texas CASA Receives First State Funding

During the 72nd Legislative session, Texas CASA was awarded our first state funding of $200,000 thanks to the efforts of our staff and Rep. Parker McCollough.

1991

Texas CASA hosts first Conference

The Texas CASA Annual Conference first kicked off in 1992. The conference is now a signature event with more than 600 attendees each year!

1992

growing the CASA community

 

1996

Legal changes open new doors for CASA

The federal Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA) helped transform the child welfare system and the role of CASA. CAPTA reauthorized and codified that Guardian Ad Litem (GAL) representation could be provided by volunteers. The Texas Family Code then added the requirement that all children were to have a GAL – thus CASA’s appointment as a GAL began.

1998

CASA & CPS SIGN FIRST MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING

CASA and Child Protection Services solidified our partnership to work together to protect the children in the child welfare system with the first Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). This very important MOU created a partnership that has only grown in its success over the past 20 years of serving Texas children.

1999

First CASA License Plate Revealed

The Lone Star Proud license plate rolled out across the state giving the network the chance to purchase a CASA license plate with the proceeds benefiting CASA. An updated design of the license plate can still be purchased!

Get your plate!

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2000-2009


2004

CASA Reaches 60 programs serving 175 counties

Texas CASA was founded originally to help form new programs across the state so that every child in the foster care system could have a CASA. 2004 marked a historic milestone as we grew to 60 local programs were serving 16,413 children with 4,258 volunteers.

2006

growing the CASA community

2006

Generosity of Beth Swalm

Beth Swalm, a long-time volunteer and supporter of CASA programs gifted our current building and endowment to Texas CASA in honor of her husband. These funds continue to help our network grow and thrive.

2008

growing the CASA community

2008

Texas CASA supports the state during times of crisis

Texas CASA stepped in to support the local programs after more than 435 children were taken into CPS custody following an FBI raid on a ranch in El Dorado owned by a polygamist cult. The state also experienced one of its worse natural disasters with Hurricane Ike. Many programs along the coast were devastated but were able to rebuild with support of the CASA network.

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2010-2019


2010

Growing the CASA Community

2012

TBri transforms advocacy & understanding of Trauma

A partnership began in 2011 between Texas CASA and Dr. Karyn Purvis and TCU’s Child Development Institute that redirected how we respond to the behaviors of the children we serve. Texas CASA began educating the programs around the Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI) concept of healing children from hard places that have experienced trauma. Learn more about TBRI.

2013

Growing the CASA Community

2013

CASA Day at the Capitol

2014

Texas CASA Launches PMC Project

With the support of a grant from BCBSTX, Texas CASA formed a working group of CASA staff from around the state to address the unique challenges of an often overlooked group of children – children in Permanent Managing Conservatorship (PMC). Learn more about the PMC Project.

2015

Every Child has a chance – it’s you!

Texas CASA, in partnership with GDC Marketing & Ideation, created a statewide awareness campaign to make CASA a household name. Now in it’s fourth year, the campaign continues to help spread awareness of CASA and recruit volunteers to support the local CASA programs.

2015

CASA Day at the Capitol

2015

Growing the CASA Community

2016

CFE Launches & It’s Not Business As Usual

Texas CASA and CPS began collaboratively working to implement an adaptation of the Family Finding model called CFE. This structured approach for extensively searching for and engaging with family and other caring, supportive adults helps build a lifetime network around the child and family – ultimately creating better outcomes for children in care. Learn more about the PMC Project. Learn more about CFE.

2016

Growing the CASA Community

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2017

CASA Day at the Capitol

2017

Emily’s Dragon Premieres

2018

Growing the CASA Community

2018

Stand Up for children in Style


Texas CASA revealed our new online store, Stand Up for Children in Style! The first collection, State of Well-Being, is now available. This design is a custom image created as a special tribute to the wonders of childhood.

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2018

10,000 Strong

The CASA network reached an outstanding 10,000 CASA volunteers! Now serving more than half of the children in the child welfare system, we are growing faster than ever before. We look forward to what we can accomplish together in the next 30 years!

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