Each year, more than 1,200 children living in Jefferson County are victims of abuse and/or neglect. With an overwhelmed child welfare system, the needs and interests of these children can be overlooked. These children need someone to speak up for them to ensure their timely placement in safe and permanent homes.
CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) recruits, trains, and supports community volunteers to empower abused and neglected children and give them a chance for a bright future. CASA Volunteers are powerful, effective and caring individuals. They play a crucial role in a child’s life by monitoring a child’s case and reporting findings to the court. This helps to ensure better, more informed decisions are made regarding the life of a child.
With nearly 90 trained advocates and some 2,245 volunteers hours dedicated to children, CASA of Southeast Texas serves over 350 local children each year. All these children have a friend and advocate working to ensure their placement in homes with hope for a positive future. In some cases, this means returning to their parents once the child's safety is assured. In others, it means releasing the child for adoption. In either situation, CASA and our volunteer advocates are focused on the same goal – to give each child a chance at happiness and the stability that a child needs to thrive.
Our vision is to provide safe and permanent homes for all abused or neglected children in Jefferson County.
For more information or to get involved, please visit our website.