Every 8 minutes a child experiences abuse and/or neglect in Texas. Many of these children will be removed from their homes and families. Throughout it all, there is one person who offers stability and hope. A CASA Volunteer fulfills society’s most fundamental obligation by advocating for a child’s right to be safe and treated with dignity and respect.
Brush Country CASA’s mission is to provide trained and qualified community volunteers who advocate for the best interests of children who are before the court as a result of abuse or neglect as defined by the State Child Welfare Laws. Brush Country CASA’s goal is to place these children in safe, nurturing environments as quickly as possible.
Brush Country CASA’s vision is to have a CASA for every child who has been abused or neglected, to provide support and hope to the Child Victims, to be the Child’s voice in Court, to seek what is in the Child’s best interest, to help families mend, to offer encouragement so that the cycle of abuse can be broken, to provide education and awareness of Child Abuse to the community so that others will be moved to make a difference in the life of an abused Child and to put an end to Child Abuse.
Brush Country CASA 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 advocate for their needs while in care. The program was so successful that it was copied around the nation.
Brush Country CASA has continued to serve children who have been abused and neglected in our community by providing trained volunteers to be a voice for these children.