Every 7 minutes a child is abused or neglected in Texas. There are several ways you can make a difference in these children's lives. We are always in need of someone to help with a variety of situations. If you are not able to give a lot of your time, join us at one of our fund raisers and volunteer just for the event. Check out the ways listed below that you can help.
Volunteer to be a Court Appointed Special Advocate
CASA volunteer advocates are ordinary men and women from all walks of life, education levels, and ethnic backgrounds who volunteer to serve as an advocate to a child or sibling group. A CASA volunteer advocate is a trained volunteer who speaks for children who are brought before the court. Volunteer advocates are committed and they can make a difference in the life of one child.
Social workers and attorneys are generally assigned to work with many children at a time. The CASA volunteer, on the other hand, is usually involved with only one child at a time, and therefore has considerable time to devote to the child. Time and attention translates into more complete information being provided to the court.
CASA volunteer advocates serve as a resource for the Judge by thoroughly researching the background of each assigned case; represents the child's best interest; and acts as an expedient and permanent conclusion.
CASA Volunteer Advocates may offer the only stable relationship these children experience as they move from foster homes to permanent placement.
CASA Volunteer Advocates speak for the best interests of the child after research, review, and, most importantly, learning the wishes of the child.
CASA Volunteer Advocates are ordinary people who are committed to standing up for the “best interests” of abused or neglected children.
CASA Volunteer Advocates are thoroughly trained in courtroom procedure, social services, juvenile justice system and the special needs of these vulnerable children. CASA Volunteer Advocates
are appointed by judges to be a voice for these children in court.
The result is that a child is placed into a safe, loving home where he or she can thrive. What It Takes
Qualifications of the Position:
- Willingness to work within guidelines, policies and standards of CASA.
- Good human relations skills and the ability to be objective.
- Must have conviction of the importance of providing for best interests of children at risk.
- Must have time, interest and energy to do the job.
- Must have access to transportation.
- Must have the ability to stand up for convictions.
- Must have the willingness to receive guidance and direction and work as part of a team.
- Must be sensitive to cultural/ethnic differences.
Requirements of the Position:
- Must be 21 years of age.
- If working, secure permission in advance of basic training for time off from work to attend periodic hearings.
- Complete application and background check form for position.
- 3 completed Reference Questionnaires
- Make appointment and come to the CASA office for interview prior to initial training.
- Complete an in-depth 30-hour initial training course.
- Appear before the court to be sworn in as a Court Advocate.
Volunteer Advocate Application
If, after reading about the importance of CASA and the role a volunteer advocate plays in a child's life, you are interested in taking the next step, there are several options.
If you have decided you would like to help abused and neglected children by being a volunteer advocate and are ready to start training, please download an application and background check form, fill it out, and send it to the Golden Crescent CASA office at P.O. Box 1627, Victoria, 77902. Training takes place in various cities in our eight-county region throughout the year. Someone will contact you. Volunteer Application Background Check Application
If you need additional information or questions answered, there are occasional informational meetings throughout the nine-county Golden Crescent region. Please check the calendar or call the office at 361-573-3734 or 877-473-3734.
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Volunteer to be a Board Member
The purpose of the Board of Directors is to promote organization, determine policies, procedures and regulations for the conduct of the agency; to raise funds to finance the organization and its programs; and to monitor organizations performance.
Golden Crescent CASA serves eight counties and we would like to have a minimum of one director from each county. We currently have openings in Dewitt, Lavaca and Refugio counties.
Board Member Application
Background Check Application
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Volunteer to be a Friend of CASA
What organization couldn't use a Friends group? The Friends of CASA is a vibrant group of individuals who support the agency as a fundraising arm and volunteer base for our many special events
Our Friends Volunteers put on their volunteer hats for annual events like the annual Wine Pairing and Spring Event, back to school supply drive, Child Abuse Prevention Month, and the holiday giving tree.
Who are the Friends of CASA?
The Friends of CASA are a group of energetic people who work as a volunteer arm and financial partner with Golden Crescent CASA. They raise vital funds to support the organization’s mission to utilize trained volunteers, appointed by the court, to advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children and assist in placing them in nurturing and permanent homes. Founded in 1995, Golden Crescent CASA has helped abused and neglected children in our community for over 20 years.
How do the Friends of CASA help abused children?
The Friends have a direct impact on the children served by Golden Crescent CASA in three distinct ways. We host and participate in several fund-raising activities, provide critical volunteer support at Golden Crescent CASA events and locate thousands of dollars of in-kind donations for the children annually. Our largest fund-raising event is our annual CASA dinner and silent auction. We are proud to say that this event raises a significant amount of our annual revenue needed to continue our mission in our eight county region. Our members also plan and produce several smaller scale fundraisers throughout the year and serve as volunteers at other CASA events. Friends volunteer to chair and coordinate our back-to-school supply drive by providing school supplies to more than 200 children each year. Our friends also chair and coordinate our holiday Giving Tree program by securing holiday presents for each of the children that CASA serves. The members make ornaments, collect the gifts and deliver them to CASA children.
How can I become involved?
Through our Friends program, you have the opportunity to contribute your time and talents in a variety of ways. You can help make happy endings for abused children by joining today. To join, please call 361-573-3734. Your donation also entitles you to the CASA newsletter, monthly in-service luncheons, and invitations to the Golden Crescent CASA fundraisers.
Call the CASA office at 361-573-3734 or 877-473-3734 if you are interested.
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Buy A CASA License Plate
Court Appointed Special Advocates “CASA” is one of several specialty license plates offered by the Texas Department of Transportation. For an extra $30, you can get one of these license plates to show your support of abused children. For each plate purchased in any of the nine-county golden crescent area, $11 will be given to Golden Crescent CASA, $11 will go to Texas CASA to support our statewide efforts for kids. The remaining $8 goes to the Texas Department of Transportation. Support abused children, advocates and volunteers everywhere with this special license plate.
Click on the image of the license plate above to order yours or visit rts.texasonline.state.tx.us/NASApp/txdotrts/SpecialPlateOrderServlet.
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