Bluebonnet CASA is affiliated with Texas CASA Association and National CASA Association.
Bluebonnet CASA came into existence in September, 2002. Since our inception every child in Mason, Menard, McCulloch and Kimble Counties who has come into custody of the state of Texas because of abuse or neglect has been assigned a CASA Guardian ad Litem Volunteer. There are currently 33 children in state custody in our four county area and our CASA volunteers are advocating for all of these children.
Since September, 2002, Bluebonnet CASA Volunteers have advocated for 100 abused and neglected children!
CASA stands for Court Appointed Special Advocates - trained volunteers from the community who are appointed Guardian ad Litem by a judge to advocate on a one-to-one basis for a child who has been a victim of abuse or neglect.
CASA Volunteers are ordinary people who are committed to the
concept that every child has a right to grow up in a safe and permanent home.
After undergoing 30 hours of certified pre-volunteer training,
criminal and Children's Protective Services background checks and an in depth personal interview, volunteers:
Get to know a individual child
Talk to parents and family
Attend court hearings
Interact with attorneys
Meet with case managers and therapists
Visit schools and talk to teachers.
After exploring the history of the child, a CASA Guardian ad Litem volunteer makes recommendations to the Judge regarding the child's best interests. The CASA volunteer remains involved with the child for the life of the case, until the child is placed in a safe and permanent home.
Tax deductible donations can be made to:
P.O. Box 130
Mason, Texas 76856
These donations are used to cover the costs of training and supervising CASA Guardian ad Litem volunteers. When possible, Bluebonnet CASA also uses these funds to buy items that the children may need at home or at school.