The Children We Serve: 
Each year, thousands of children in Tarrant County are confirmed victims of child abuse and neglect. These children have experienced terrible trauma, and their lives are turned upside down. Child Protective Services takes legal responsibility for them, and may place them in a foster home or other facility. Due to too few foster homes, siblings are often split up into different places. Children are rarely able to stay in their own schools, day cares, or communities. Everything they have known is gone. 

Through no fault of their own, these abused children have become a part of an overburdened child welfare system. They deserve a voice in the courtroom. They need a CASA volunteer!

Our Volunteers: 
CASA of Tarrant County has over 400 active volunteers who come from all walks of life. They span all age ranges. Some are just beginning in the workforce, and others are retired. Over half our volunteers work full-time and have families. Some have backgrounds in the criminal justice system, social work, or child welfare. Other volunteers have no such experience at all. 

Click here to hear from real CASA volunteers about why this work matters

 "These children in care need someone who is a consistent presence, someone to speak up for their needs. It doesn’t take much time but can make all the difference in the trajectory of a child’s life. We can’t wait around and hope someone else will step in and help—it is up to us to get into the fray and do what we can to make our little part of the world a better place." —CASA volunteer Richelle Tilghman

"These children in care need someone who is a consistent presence, someone to speak up for their needs. It doesn’t take much time but can make all the difference in the trajectory of a child’s life. We can’t wait around and hope someone else will step in and help—it is up to us to get into the fray and do what we can to make our little part of the world a better place."—CASA volunteer Richelle Tilghman

 "As a police officer I respond from one tragedy to the next and I don't usually get to see restoration, but becoming a CASA was a way for me to see it through to the end." —CASA volunteer Bobby

"As a police officer I respond from one tragedy to the next and I don't usually get to see restoration, but becoming a CASA was a way for me to see it through to the end."—CASA volunteer Bobby

 "I chose to be a volunteer because kids matter to me. When you get removed from your home and into the foster system, everything about your life changes. Kids need stability and familiarity, and that is what I can provide for them as a CASA." —CASA volunteer Fernando Ospina

"I chose to be a volunteer because kids matter to me. When you get removed from your home and into the foster system, everything about your life changes. Kids need stability and familiarity, and that is what I can provide for them as a CASA."—CASA volunteer Fernando Ospina

 "These kids deserve someone who is willing to ride the rollercoaster to help them end up in safe, stable environments.  I have become a better, stronger person because of the challenges I have faced as a CASA."  —CASA volunteer Emily Mauz

"These kids deserve someone who is willing to ride the rollercoaster to help them end up in safe, stable environments.  I have become a better, stronger person because of the challenges I have faced as a CASA."
—CASA volunteer Emily Mauz


HISTORY

In 1977, a Seattle Superior Court Judge named David Soukup was concerned about trying to make decisions on behalf of abused and neglected children without enough information. He conceived the idea of appointing community volunteers to speak up for the best interests of these children in court. He made a request for volunteers; 50 citizens responded, and that was the start of the CASA movement.

In 1983, Judge Scott Moore, presiding judge of the 323rd Judicial District at that time, along with community volunteers Rhoda Bernstein and Monna Loftis, and CPS Director Wayne Hairgrove, formed the original steering committee that brought the CASA concept to Tarrant County.

Through the years, CASA of Tarrant County has shown consistent growth in the number of children served each year. The ultimate goal is to provide every child in foster care who needs one with a highly trained CASA volunteer. 

CASA of Tarrant County provides an unduplicated service in our community. Our program is highly respected within the judicial system and maintains an excellent working relationship with all parties associated with the legal process. Additionally, CASA of Tarrant County is an affiliate in good standing with both National CASA Association and Texas CASA.


MISSION

CASA of Tarrant County and its court-appointed volunteers advocate
for the best interest of abused and neglected children

VISION

Provide a CASA volunteer to every child who needs one

PROMISE

Raising a voice against the unspeakable


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