Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Denton County, Inc. is a volunteer-based non-profit organization serving Denton County. When a child is affected by abuse or neglect in their home, a judge may appoint a committed volunteer to help them. That volunteer is called a Court Appointed Special Advocate, or CASA.
CASA volunteers are screened, highly trained, and appointed by judges to represent and advocate for a child's best interests. CASA volunteers are each assigned to help one child or set of siblings at a time, so they can focus on individualized advocacy and knowing each child. CASA volunteers save taxpayer money and improve children's futures by making sure they will be safe and stable.
CASAs research each child's situation, collaborate with professionals serving the child and family, and make informed recommendations to the court. While most professionals in the child welfare system are overburdened with cases and frequently change positions, CASA advocates can be one constant in the lives of the children served.
In fiscal year 2022, CASA of Denton County volunteers advocated for 589 children served by 226 volunteer advocates from the community. In 2023, we launched our Early Advocacy program that allowed CASAs to serve on cases while children are still in the home, but allegations of abuse or neglect are present. Our volunteers will support families with resources while promoting safety for more children from our community.
Post-COVID, we have had difficulty finding volunteers for many children coming into our care, and more than 50 children currently need a volunteer assigned to them. It costs about $2,000 to serve one child with advocacy for one year, and any amount donated toward this total will help CASA of Denton County continue to serve every child who needs us.