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What is a Legislative Advocacy Team?

Legislative Advocacy Teams (LATs) work with Texas CASA and their local CASA programs to build relationships with legislators, develop policy agendas to improve the child welfare system in partnership with Texas CASA, and motivate and empower others in their program to advocate for those improvements. LATs are led by volunteer advocates and/or board members, and work with staff liaisons in each CASA program.

As a part of a LAT, CASA volunteers are able to advocate for children on a larger scale and work toward solutions to systemic problems they encounter in their role. This gives them the chance to be a voice of change not only for the children they serve, but for every child in the child protection system!

For more information about LATs or to inquire about how to start one in your CASA program, contact the Public Policy team at .


Resources

How to Develop a LAT & Helpful Tips for LAT Members

Outline of the steps needed to start a LAT for your CASA program as well as helpful tips for LAT members to help your LAT program be successful.

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Where are the Current Legislative Advocacy Teams?

1. Amarillo

Amarillo Area CASA, Inc.
Jim Taylor, Chair

2. Athens

CASA of Trinity Valley
Roy Talbot, Chair

3. Austin

CASA of Travis County
Alisa De Luna, Chair

4. Brenham

CASA for Kids of South Central Texas
Pat and Vickie Smith, Co-chairs

5. Bryan

Voices for Children/CASA of Brazos Valley
Nicole Gueck, Chair

6. Cleburne

CASA of Johnson County
Cathy Anderson and Karen Tucker, Co-chairs

7. Conroe

CASA Child Advocates of Montgomery County
Clay McCollor, Chair

8. Corpus Christi

CASA of the Coastal Bend
Seana Towler, Chair

9. Corsicana

CASA of Navarro County
Barbara Long, Chair

10. Dallas

Dallas CASA
Chad Frymire, Chair

11. Dalhart

CASA 69, Inc.
Wayne Smith, Chair

12. Denton

CASA of Denton County
Chanel Knott and Mike Fitzsimmons, Co-chairs

13. Edinburg

CASA of Hidalgo County
Ignacio Almaguer, Chair

14. El Paso

CASA of El Paso
Sandy Moody, Chair

15. Fort Worth

CASA of Tarrant County
Caitlyn Ussery, Chair

16. Georgetown

CASA of Williamson County
Lisa Birkman, Chair

17. Granbury

CASA of Hood & Somervell Counties
Gaye Dixon, Chair

18. Hillsboro

CASA of Hill County
Barbara Aydlett, Chair

19. Kingsland

CASA of the Highland Lakes Area
Debbie and Dave Johnson, Co-chairs

20. Kingsville

Brush Country CASA
Anna Morris, Gina Smith and Nicole Poritsanos, Co-chairs

21. Liberty

CASA of Liberty/Chambers Counties
Pat Baker and Bill Baker, Co-chairs

22. Lufkin

CASA of the Pines
Natalie Thornton, Chair

23. McKinney

CASA of Collin County
Jo’anna Snowden, Chair

24. Nacogdoches

CASA of Deep East Texas
Chair Vacant

25. Midland

CASA of West Texas
Chair Vacant

26. Mt. Pleasant

CASA of Titus, Camp & Morris Counties
Judy Kent, Chair

27. New Braunfels

CASA of Central Texas
John Barthel, Chair

28. Orange

CASA of the Sabine Neches Region
Kevin Norton, Chair

29. Rosenberg

Child Advocates of Fort Bend
Rhonda Kuykendall, Chair

30. Temple

CASA of Bell & Coryell Counties
Chair Vacant

31. Victoria

Golden Crescent CASA
Stephen Hunter, Chair

32. Waco

CASA of McLennan County
Paula Hayward and Ramona Cooper, Co-chairs

33. Waxahachie

CASA of Ellis County
Rhodie Rawls, Chair

34. Witchita Falls

Child Advocates/CASA of Red River
Laura Grimsinger, Chair