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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 .


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.


Where are the Current Legislative Advocacy Teams?

1. Abilene

Big Country CASA
Garner Roberts, Chair

2. Amarillo

Amarillo Area CASA, Inc.
Jim Taylor, Chair

3. Athens

CASA of Trinity Valley
Roy Talbot, Chair

4. Austin

CASA of Travis County
Alisa De Luna, Chair

5. Brenham

CASA for Kids of South Central Texas
Susan Shifflett, Chair

6. Bryan

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

7. Cleburne

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

8. Conroe

CASA Child Advocates of Montgomery County
Clay McCollor, Chair

9. Corpus Christi

CASA of the Coastal Bend
Seana Towler, Chair

10. Corsicana

CASA of Navarro County
Barbara Long, Chair

11. Dallas

Dallas CASA
Chad Frymire, Chair

12. Dalhart

CASA 69, Inc.
Wayne Smith, Chair

13. Denton

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

14. Edinburg

CASA of Hidalgo County
Veronica Whitacre, Chair

15. El Paso

CASA of El Paso
Sandy Jackson, Chair

16. Fort Worth

CASA of Tarrant County
Caitlyn Ussery, Chair

17. Georgetown

CASA of Williamson County
Lisa Birkman, Chair

18. Granbury

CASA of Hood & Somervell Counties
Gaye Dixon, Chair

19. Hillsboro

CASA of Hill County
Barbara Aydlett, Chair

20. Kingsland

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

21. Kingsville

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

22. Liberty

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

23. Lufkin

CASA of the Pines
Natalie Thornton, Chair

24. Mason

Bluebonnet CASA
Shayne Smith, Chair

25. McKinney

CASA of Collin County
Jo’anna Snowden, Chair

26. Nacogdoches

CASA of Deep East Texas
Chair Vacant

27. Midland

CASA of West Texas
Chair Vacant

28. Mt. Pleasant

CASA of Titus, Camp & Morris Counties
Michelle Cobern, Chair

29. New Braunfels

CASA of Central Texas
John Barthel, Chair

30. Orange

CASA of the Sabine Neches Region
Kevin Norton, Chair

31. Rosenberg

Child Advocates of Fort Bend
Rhonda Kuykendall, Chair

32. Temple

CASA of Bell & Coryell Counties
Chair Vacant

33. Victoria

Golden Crescent CASA
Tim Hornback, Chair

34. Waco

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

35. Waxahachie

CASA of Ellis County
Rhodie Rawls, Chair

36. Wichita Falls

Child Advocates/CASA of Red River
Laura Grimsinger, Chair