Being involved in CASA has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. I have had the honor and the privilege to serve both as a CASA volunteer and a CASA board member on the state and local level. Each of these responsibilities has shown me the difference that can be made when a community of people, wanting to improve the lives of children, band together.
Texas CASA is dedicated to supporting the 69 CASA programs our state while strenghtening those programs in effectiveness, quality, knowledge, training, and integrity. As a CASA volunteer, with the training provided to me by the CASA network, I am confident in seeking the best interest of my child so that she might also have an opportuinty to experience the joys of family, education, careers, and pursuit of happiness. Being a CASA has made a true difference in the lives of the children I have served, Become a CASA!
While the CASAs in Texas provide assistance to many neglected and abused children. there are several that are run by corrupt individuals in positions as Executive Directors, e.g., one who embezzled funds, one who committed credit card fraud, and one who committed fraud by documenting personal time off as work time. The latter was reported to National and Texas CASAs with no action against the executive director. In addition, local board members failed in their fiduciary responsibility by ignoring the fraudulent documentation. The State CASA Executive Director, in my opinion, swept the incident under the rug. The State CASA couldn't cover up the former violations since law enforcement became involved and both executive directors were prosecuted. It's a sad state of affairs when both National and State CASAs did not take proactive action against such violators. It brings to question how much other public and donor funds have been stolen.