April 2, 2022
Welcome to East Texas CASA!
Advocating for children in Gregg, Rusk and Upshur Counties.
What it means to be a CASA volunteer
When a child enters the foster care system because his or her home is no longer safe, a judge may appoint a committed volunteer to help them. That volunteer is called a Court Appointed Special Advocate®, or CASA.
CASA volunteers are screened and highly trained and then appointed by judges to represent and advocate for a child’s best interests in the child protection system. CASA volunteers are each assigned to help one child or set of siblings at a time, so they can focus on giving that child or sibling group the individualized advocacy and attention they need.
East Texas CASA provides valuable volunteer advocacy for every abused child in this area. CASA volunteers serve as the “eyes and ears” for the judge in child welfare cases. This includes researching each child’s situation and making objective recommendations to help them reclaim their childhoods from abuse and neglect. CASA volunteers are frequently the only stable presence in these children’s lives as they navigate the foster care system.
These volunteers bring three critical qualities to their work: they focus on one case at a time; they bring a unique perspective to the court case; and their sole objective is representing the best interests of the child.
BECOME A CASA
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.
A lot is happening at East Texas CASA! From our upcoming Superhero 5K to trainings, we’ve been going nonstop to raise awareness and grow our program so that we can continue to advocate for children in care. See what all we have on the calendar.
SUPPORT OUR CAUSE
With your gift to CASA, you can help our program provide the very best volunteer advocacy for children in our community who have been removed from their homes due to abuse and/or neglect.