Lake Country CASA - Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children. 218 Connally St.  Sulphur Springs, TX 75482  903/885-1173Court Appointed Special Advocates - Children's Advocacy Organization for Hopkins County, , Rains County and Franklin County Texas. CASA Headquarters 218 Connally St.  Sulphur Springs, TX 75482  903/885-1173
CASA Vision
A CASA volunteer for every child
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Mission
To provide trained, court appointed volunteers to be the voice for the children who are under the protection of the state to assure them a safe, permanent environment.
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"CASA volunteers play a unique role on behalf of some of our most vulnerable children. Their commitment, vigilance and persistence offer hope where there has been little." — Marian Edelman, Founder and President, Children's Defense Fund

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There are over 500,000 children in foster care in the United States.  Of the near 170,000 in the state of Texas.

Through no fault of their own, these children have endured childhood abuse, neglect, or abandonment, often followed by years of instability as they are moved from one foster care placement to another.

Nobody longs for a safe and loving family more than a child in foster care. As a CASA volunteer, you are empowered by the courts to help make this dream a reality. You will be the one consistent adult in these children’s lives, vigilantly fighting for and protecting their fundamental right to be treated with the dignity and respect every child deserves. You will not only bring positive change to the lives of these vulnerable children, but also their children and generations to come. And in doing so, you will enrich your life as well.

A child who enters the foster care system, faces a number of challenges including separation from their family and siblings, mental health, medical issues, and educational concerns.  Every time a child changes foster care or group home placement, their school placement may also change - resulting in a 6 month loss of the educational progress.

Foster children also face a lack of consistency among the professionals involved in their case.  Heavy caseloads for child welfare workers and frequent case reassignments result in little time for them to develop relationships with the child.  Not only do child welfare workers change, children often lack continuity among other professionals including caregivers, attorneys, teachers and therapists.  They lose friends as well.

This is where a CASA Advocate can make a significant difference.  Advocates monitor progress toward established goals and follow up with professionals to ensure tasks are completed in a timely manner.  They make sure the child is receiving all services available to them.  They advocate for sibling visitation, educational support, extracurricular activities, mental health services and much more.  The CASA Advocate is often the one consistent adult for a foster child.

Advocates can be the difference between success and failure in a child's life.  They listen, encourage and guide the child.  They speak up for the child.  They help the vulnerable children and teens reach their full potential.  A child having a CASA Advocate in their life feels, sometimes for the first time, that they are cared for with no fear of being abused or neglected.  They know they matter to someone.

CASA believes that society has a fundamental obligation to ensure that every child has a compassionate adult who will fight to assure that a child's safe passage to find permanency in the safe embrace of a loving family

CASA volunteers listen first. Then they act.

Volunteers get to know the child by talking with everyone in that child's life; parents and relatives, foster parents, teachers, medical professionals, attorneys, social workers and others. They use the information they gather to inform judges and others of what the child needs and what will be the best permanent home for them.

CASA trains and supports passionate adults who fight for a child's right to be safe, to be treated with dignity, and to learn and grow in the security of a loving family.

Do you have more questions about volunteering? Read our Frequently Asked Questions. Then call us to find out how you can become a CASA vounteer and support children in need.