Williamson County CASA, Inc


Williamson County CASA was established in 1993, and the mission of Williamson County CASA is to advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children. The vision is to ensure that each CASA child is in a safe and permanent home. A CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) is a trained citizen who is appointed by a judge to advocate for a child in Juvenile Court. Volunteers are trained to collect information and present recommendations to help the judge make sound decisions regarding the child’s future. CASAs are not therapists or attorneys, but rather responsible advocates committed to securing a safe home for a child. The funds requested in the application will support a portion of the salary for the full-time Williamson County CASA Advocate Supervisor. The agency’s outcomes include: 93% (14 of 15) of new advocates will be matched with a child within three months of being sworn in and will advocate for their safety and well-being in Juvenile Court. 94% (75 of 80) of advocates will be active at the end of the calendar year maintaining consistency in the life of a vulnerable child and continuing to provide compassionate care by developing relationships that matter. The judge will accept the CASA recommendations for needed services and permanent placement in 90% (315 of 350) of cases, decreasing the likelihood that the child will re-enter the child welfare system. 90% (135 of 150) of CASA children will continue to remain in safe and permanent homes 6 months after case closure.