voices for children is on a mission, and you can help…
To give a voice to children by improving the lives of children in foster care through powerful volunteer advocacy, ensuring that each is placed in a safe and permanent home.
County judges hear the wishes and interests of kids in foster care because of our hard-working volunteers. Our Court Appointed Special Advocates® (CASAs) go to court and talk about the best interests of abused or neglected children. CASA volunteers get to know their appointed children very well through meetings, interviews, and reviewing records. We ensure that despite their ages, children in the Foster Care system still get a say in important matters.
Voices for Children is part of a national volunteer movement that began in 1977 when Judge David Soukup in Seattle decided he needed to know more about the children whose lives were in his hands. His solution was to ask community volunteers to act as “a voice in court” for abused and neglected children. Because CASAs began providing him with more detailed information on children’s best interests, Judge Soukup was able to place children in safe, permanent homes more quickly and efficiently. Due to the program’s extreme success, courthouses across the nation began creating CASA programs.
As for Voices for Children specifically, we joined the CASA program in 2000, and our first group of CASA Volunteers completed training in July 2001. In 2007, Voices for Children expanded to include Grimes County, and in 2009 Burleson County joined too.
CASA is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization with a governing, volunteer board of directors. CASA of Brazos Valley is a member of the National and Texas CASA Associations. There are over 1,000 CASA programs nationwide and 71 CASA programs in the state of Texas.