What is a CHILD ADVOCATE?
A Court Appointed Special AdvocateTM(CASA) is an adult who is willing to stand up for an abused and neglected child. A Child Advocate is appointed by a judge to provide factual information on behalf of a child caught in a difficult legal process. In a court system challenged by increasing caseloads, a Child Advocate can make the single greatest difference in the life of a child.
What does a CHILD ADVOCATE do?
Once you are sworn in as a child advocate by a judge you will receive a case, gather new data and become familiar with the child’s background, so that ultimately you may present recommendations for the judge to consider when making decisions regarding the child.
Who can be a CHILD ADVOCATE?
You do not have to be a lawyer or a social worker to become a Child Advocate.These children simply need dedicated and devoted men and women who are willing to advocate for their best interests.
All Child Advocates are equipped with guidance, tools, and training from professionals in the field, to understand and work effectively within the child welfare system.
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Why choose to be a CHILD ADVOCATE?
Every year the State of Texas removes thousands of children from their home because of abuse and neglect. These victimized children are drawn into an overburdened child welfare system that is charged with addressing every child’s individual needs.
When there is a Child Advocate on the case, the judge is afforded a unique and comprehensive picture of the child’s situation, needs, and best potential outcomes.