What is CASA
CASA of Travis County exists to promote and protect the best interest of children who have been abused or neglected, by training volunteers to advocate for them in courts, in schools, and in our community to help them find safe, permanent, and loving homes.
How can you help?
Court Appointed Special Advocate
Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Volunteers get to know the child(ren) while also gathering information from the child’s family, teachers, doctors, therapists, caregivers, and anyone else involved in the child’s life in order to make independent and informed recommendations to help the judge decide what’s best for the child. They are a consistent adult presence for a child or family of children throughout their entire CPS case.
Early Family Engagement
Early Family Engagement (EFE) Volunteers focus on ensuring that children remain connected to their families from the earliest stage of a CPS case. This short-term, fast-paced role conducts initial visits and assessments with children, their caregivers, their parents, and other relatives, to represent CASA at the first case hearing.
Family Finding (FF) Volunteers provide specialized support to a CASA volunteer in finding and engaging relatives, by conducting data-mining, reviewing case files, doing online research to locate disconnected relatives, and contacting relatives in an attempt to engage or re-engage them in the lives of children.