CASA of the Coastal Bend
CASA hosts 45-minute Information Sessions every Wednesday at 12pm at the CASA office, 2602 Prescott.
These are Q&A sessions where someone just like YOU can learn about becoming a CASA volunteer.
Nobody longs for a safe and loving family more than a child in foster care. Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs) are empowered by the courts to help make this dream a reality. They are the one constant adult in these children's lives, vigilantly fighting for and protecting their fundamental right to be treated with the dignity and respect that every child deserves. CASA Volunteers not only bring positive change to the lives of these vulnerable children, but also their children and generations to come.
Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs) help break the cycle of child abuse.
66% of people in Texas prisons today were in foster care.
75% of foster children without a CASA volunteer return to foster care
A child without a CASA volunteer spends 2+ years in foster care. A child with a CASA volunteer spends 1 year in foster care.
In Nueces, San Patricio and Aransas Counties a Child Protective Services worker is responsible for 60-65 cases/children.
A CASA volunteer is responsible for 1 case at a time with one or more children, allowing the volunteer to give quality one-on-one time to each child.
To Become a CASA volunteer means you are:
Willing to commit to at least one year of your time
Able to effectively communicate orally and in writing
Willing to participate in an in-depth training program
Able to pass criminal and CPS history background checks
Over age 21
To receive an information packet, email Diana@coastalbendcasa.org
Ron was appointed by the Judge and became James' CASA. Ron describes their first meeting, "I first met James, a short, thin young man during a very difficult day. His skin was blotchy from crying and his hair was shooting in every direction." Ron took James to Dairy Queen and noticed an endearing personality - he held the door for several people before entering and insisted on cleaning the table when finished.
Over a course of three years, James went from a foster home to a Residential Treatment Center (RTC), to a family member for two weeks and then to another RTC. Even though James was always placed in another city, Ron visited at least once each month. When James was brought to visit his Mom and she did not show up, Ron was there. Over time James and Ron developed a bond and James was able to place his trust in Ron. During a trial to terminate parental rights, Ron's testimony was instrumental and it was evident he knew James better than anyone in the courtroom.
Termination of the adoptive mother's rights meant James was finally free for adoption. The odds were against him, however, and even his own attorney did not believe anyone would want to adopt him, due to his age and behavior issues. Ron and James' caseworker, Jamie, never gave up hope. James attended adoption picnics where he spent a lot of time helping with the younger children. There was a family there looking to adopt two young boys, but they said their mind kept coming back to James. They began with visits and James was living with them in a few short months.
James was adopted at the age of 14 and is now part of a huge, loving family. When the Judge granted the adoption he said, "James is forever yours and you are forever his." After the adoption, there was a huge family celebration and it was obvious that James had found his forever family. The pride and love for James was evident on Ron's face and James was not shy about letting everyone know about his CASA.
You can be the one person who sticks with a child in the system to make sure they can either return to a safe and stable home or find a forever family of their own.
Every Child Needs a Chance - It's YOU!