Since its founding in 1989, Texas CASA has striven to constantly improve and turn the vision of a safe, positive future for all Texas children into a reality by providing groundbreaking initiatives and strong leadership at the Capitol. Texas CASA is now in its 30th year of service, as a trusted partner of communities and legislators, and an investment in Texas CASA remains an investment in Texas’ future.
For the past several years, steps have been taken to enhance the CASA network at every level. The CASA eVOLution initiative proves CASA’s dedication to moving forward and ensuring that the heart of the network, the VOLunteers, have the foundational tools and skills needed to make a difference in the life of a child.
As part of efforts to continually improve CASA advocacy, in 2013 Texas CASA partnered with the local CASA programs and commissioned a Child Outcomes Study. This initial study was designed and conducted by Dr. Cynthia Osborne with the Child and Family Research Partnership (CFRP) at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin. To date, this is the largest study conducted of the contributions and effectiveness of CASA in child protection cases. The objectives of the study were to:
- Evaluate the contributions of CASA to the safety, permanency and well-being of children and youth in state care, and
- Identify the factors and activities that contribute to CASA’s effectiveness in attaining positive outcomes.
The results of this initial study provided Texas CASA with information key to growing its extensive network, informing policy and strengthening training. Texas CASA has established the CASA Advocacy Coalition that will determine a new logic model and strategic plans based off the findings of the initial survey, and looks forward to leveraging these findings to better support volunteer advocacy effectiveness and successful child outcomes.
If you have any questions about The CASA eVOLution initiative, contact Texas CASA at firstname.lastname@example.org.