Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteers get to know the child and gather information from everyone involved in their 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.
Enter your the zip code or city below to find the local CASA program that’s closest to you, or check out the full list of 72 local CASA programs in Texas.
Not in Texas? For a CASA program outside of Texas, please visit the National CASA website.
What is a CASA?
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
By becoming a CASA volunteer, you can help provide a voice for children 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.
To learn more about the role of a CASA, watch Emily’s Dragon to see the emotional story of a young girl removed from her home and placed in foster care, and how her CASA volunteer made a difference during this critical point in her life.
Other Ways to Get Involved: 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!