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Casa Of Central Texas, Inc.
April 15, 2011

I was a CASA volunteer in Missouri for over six years and have recently joined as a volunteer advocate for CASA of Central Texas. It is truly amazing what CASA does on behalf of abused and neglected children all across the US. In general, the case workers at the departments that handle child protective services for each state carry very heavy case loads that prevent them for focusing on individual cases to truly advocate in the best interests of individual children who are removed from their homes. As a volunteer, I am able to zero in on specific needs of a child (or children) and make meaningful recommendations to the court on what will best protect the child. While our hope is for reunification with the parents of a child, our primary goal is insure the child is able to return to a permanent, stable, safe and nurturing home as quickly as possible. I particularly appreciate CASA of Central Texas because permanancy within 12-18 months is a goal that is supported by Texas Child Protective Services, and the courts.

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I am currently in training to learn the specific policies and procedures for CASA of Central Texas, and very much respect the level of training that is required - as it should be considering the responsibilties that we have as volunteer advocates. CASA of Central Texas is striving to serve 100% of the children in our communities.

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I do not know of any changes I would make at this point. Oh, I can think of only one --- because they use the training manuals over again, we are not allowed to write in them. This has taken great restraint for a doodler like me!

Volunteer & I will be advocating for abused and neglected children who are removed from their homes by the Texas Child Protective Services.