CASA in the Heart of Texas (Court Appointed Special Advocate) believes that a child’s right to a safe, permanent home should be acted on by the court in a sensitive, expedient manner. CASA in the Heart of Texas is a non-profit organization that provides trained community volunteers to represent the child’s best interest in the court. CASA in the Heart of Texas serves abused and neglected children in Brown, Comanche and Mills Counties.
A safe, permanent, loving home for every child.
CASA in the Heart of Texas is part of a national volunteer movement that began in 1977 when Judge David Soukup in Seattle decided he needed to know more about the children whose lives were in his hands. His solution was to ask community volunteers to act as a “voice in court” for abused and neglected children. These Court Appointed Special Advocate® (CASAs) provided him with the detailed information he needed to safeguard the children’s best interests and ensure that they were placed in safe, permanent homes as quickly as possible. The program was so successful that it was copied around the nation.
The first CASA program established in Texas was Dallas CASA in 1980. Today, the CASA movement has evolved into one of the largest volunteer organizations in the country with over 1000 CASA programs nationwide. In Texas, there are 71 local CASA programs with more than 7,600 volunteers serving over 23,600 foster children in 207 counties.