Courtesy CASA & Courtesy Collaboration
UPDATE: March 16, 2020
Texas CASA is dedicated to ensuring the health and safety of the CASA network, those we serve and the public as a whole. We have been carefully following the news, recommendations and expertise of health officials as the situation with COVID-19 has continued to evolve. We recognize that this is a serious concern and are making the well-being of the network our highest priority. In addition to postponing all meetings and events, Texas CASA is suspending the Courtesy CASA program effective immediately through March 31. All scheduled visits are postponed and new requests for March will not be accepted. We will reevaluate at the end of the month and let the network know once we are able to resume visits. We greatly appreciate your understanding. Our highest priority remains the safety of CASA volunteers, staff, providers, community partners and of course the children and families we serve.
Courtesy CASA visits give local programs who have children placed outside of their region the unique benefit of still having a trained CASA visit their child face-to-face. Local CASA programs can request Courtesy CASA visits for children who are in urgent need of an in-person visit that their volunteer or program cannot currently provide.
Once a visit has been made, the Courtesy CASA can report their findings and provide pictures of the children and their placement directly to the local CASA program. The information gathered during the visit allows the primary CASA and their supervisor to make informed recommendations to the judge, and ensure the child’s needs are being met.
The child’s CASA is encouraged to participate in the visit via phone or video chat in order to help maintain their relationship with the child.
To request a visit from a Courtesy CASA:
- Find your Courtesy CASA contact closest to where your child is placed using the Courtesy CASA Regional Map .
- Email the following information to the appropriate Courtesy CASA:
- Completed CASA Courtesy Assistance Visit Request Form
- Most recent court report
- Court Order Appointment
- Once the Courtesy CASA receives the above information, they will contact the local CASA program with next steps.
*If you would like to request a Courtesy CASA visit for you child, please contact your local CASA program’s advocate supervisor.
Download the forms used in requesting a Courtesy CASA visit below:
If you are a Courtesy CASA, download the forms below: