When children are unsafe to be with their own families, Child Protective Services petitions the court to remove the children from their homes—and placed temporarily with relatives, a foster family, or an emergency shelter. After removal, the children are at the center of a 12-month legal process to determine permanent placement. CASA volunteers represent the best interest of the children in court. Volunteers are trained to act as first-hand experts on the individual needs of abused and neglected children in foster care, giving them the best possible chance at a hopeful future.
When a youth in foster care turns 18, they age out of foster care. CASA helps guide them through the process of transitioning into adult-hood by obtaining vital documents, obtaining resources and assistance they are entitled to, and exploring options with them. Without CASA, this transition is overwhelming and most youth are not adequately prepared; some become homeless, turn to crime or become sex-trafficked. CASA works diligently to provide hope, resources and healthy options, while standing along-side them during the journey.
Mission: The mission of CASA for Kids of East Texas is to make life-changing differences by advocating for the best interests of children who have experienced abuse or neglect. Our Staff and trained community volunteers achieve this by identifying children’s needs, recommending services, connecting with support systems, and advocating for safety and permanency.
Vision: We envision a community where every child who has experienced abuse or neglect is given the opportunity to thrive in a safe and loving environment.
About: CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) is a national volunteer movement founded in 1977. Since 1990, CASA for Kids of East Texas has been a member of the National and Texas CASA Associations. There are more than 1,000 CASA programs nationwide and 72 CASA programs in Texas. We are assigned by the court to represent foster children.
Volunteer: CASA volunteers are everyday people committed to making a difference for children in an overburdened foster care system. Judges appoint volunteers to guide one child or one set of siblings through the system to a safe, permanent home as quickly as possible. CASA volunteers research case records and speaks to each person involved in a child’s life. They monitor the progress of the child and family throughout the case and advocate for the child’s current and future needs in court, school, and agency meetings. Their independent evaluations allow the court to make better-informed decisions. https://casaforkidsofet.org/how-to-help/become-casa-volunteer/
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Location: 3616 West Way Street, Tyler, TX 75703
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