Texas CASA’s Cristina Masters Appointed to National CASA Association Legal and Advocacy Committee
AUSTIN, TX (March 9, 2016) – Texas CASA is pleased to announce that Legislative Advocacy Coordinator Cristina Masters has been appointed to serve National Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) Association as a member of the newly formed Legal and Advocacy Committee.
Network committees will advise and provide support to National CASA Association in its work on behalf of the state CASA organizations and local programs, by sharing expertise and providing input and guidance. The newly formed Legal and Advocacy Committee will focus its efforts over the next year on cultivating growth and providing support to National CASA in this key functional area.
“Through strong partnerships and collaborative strategies, together we will strengthen the foundation of the CASA/GAL member network, create pathways for sustainable organizational growth, and generate better outcomes for the abused and neglected children served in the communities we serve,” said Tara Perry, Chief Executive Officer of National CASA Association.
Masters has worked as legislative advocacy coordinator for Texas CASA, the statewide organization of 72 local programs that recruit and train volunteers to advocate for children in the child protection system, for more than three years. After earning an undergraduate degree in political science from Manhattanville College and a master’s degree in international politics from the University of Edinburgh, she began her career managing political issues for a political newsmagazine in Scotland before returning to the U.S. to work for a statewide political party. Along with 11 other CASA colleagues from across the country, Masters will be sharing her expertise in legislative advocacy and public policy.
“I am honored to be among this select group appointed to the National CASA Legal and Advocacy network committee,” said Masters. “I look forward to not only sharing experiences from my work with Texas CASA, but also learning from my peers’ expertise in local, state and national legal and government relations.”
“This engagement with state and local members is rooted in the National CASA Association Strategic Framework,” said Perry. “We are very appreciative and excited to have this level of talent serving on this committee.”
About National Court Appointed Special Advocate Association
National Court Appointed Special Advocate Association is a network of almost 1,000 programs that recruit, train and support citizen-volunteers to advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children in courtrooms and communities. The only program of its kind, Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteers are empowered by the courts to provide children with one-on-one advocacy. CASA volunteers see their assigned children regularly and interview all the adults who impact their lives. Volunteer advocates offer judges the critical information they need to ensure each child’s rights and needs are being attended to while in foster care, staying with the child until she is placed in a loving permanent home. For many abused children, their CASA volunteer is the only constant adult presence in their lives.