Improving the lives of children in foster care through powerful volunteer advocacy ensuring that each is placed in a safe and permanent home.
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. These Court Appointed Special Advocate® (CASAs) provided him with the detailed information he needed to safeguard the children’s best interests and ensure that they were placed in safe, permanent homes as quickly as possible. The program was so successful that it was copied around the nation.
Voices for Children was incorporated as an organization in 2000, with the first group of CASA Volunteers completing training in July 2001. Voices for Children expanded to include Grimes County in 2007 and Burleson County in 2009.
CASA is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization governed by a 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.