By becoming a Court Appointed Special Advocate, or CASA volunteer, you can help provide a voice for children, like Emily, who have been abused or neglected. CASA volunteers are individuals from all walks of life who speak up for a child’s best interests in court. You are not a foster parent, you are a voice making a real difference at a critical turning point in the child’s life.
CASA volunteers get to know the child and gather information from everyone involved in his or her daily life, including family members, foster parents, teachers, daycare providers, doctors, lawyers, social workers and other relevant persons. CASA volunteers use the information gathered to report to the judge, advocating for the child’s needs while in the foster care system. As a volunteer, you commit to represent a child’s best interests while they are in care.
To Become a CASA volunteer means you are:
- Willing to commit at least one year of your time (on average, volunteers spend 10-15 hours a month on their case);
- Able to effectively communicate orally and in writing;
- Willing to participate in an in-depth training program;
- Able to pass criminal and CPS history background checks; and
- Over age 21
Ready to Speak Up for a Child Who Needs You?
There are 72 local CASA programs across Texas. Use the zip code search to find your local CASA program to learn more about how you can become a CASA volunteer. Enter your zip code or city below.
Not in Texas? For a CASA program outside of Texas, please visit the National CASA website.
nominate a casa
Whether or not you decide to take the first step to becoming a CASA volunteer today, you can continue to keep the CASA momentum moving forward in your community by nominating someone else like you! If you know someone who you feel has the heart, strength and compassion to speak up for abused and neglected children, let them know by nominating them today.
To nominate a potential volunteer, visit NominateACASA.org. We’ll send them information on becoming a CASA volunteer and let them know you think so highly of them!