CASA of Travis County Recognized for Effective Use of Volunteers to Help Children in Foster Care System

The Foundation recently honored CASA of Travis County for effectively leveraging the time and talent of nearly 750 diverse volunteers per year to speak up for children who’ve been abused or neglected. These trained and empowered community volunteers actively ensure that in the overburdened child welfare system the needs of each child are understood and all decisions about a child’s care are informed by what is in their best interest.  

Just last year, CASA volunteers advocated for almost 1,850 children in Travis County, donating approximately 90,000 hours of their time and energy. The value of CASA volunteers’ work totals more than $2.26 million, a cost the community could not pay for. 

CASA is able to leverage the extensive time and talents donated of volunteers by employing staff Child Advocacy Specialists to supervise the volunteers and assist them in their efforts to advocate for the best interests of children who’ve been abused or neglected. CASA volunteers complete an intensive screening process and 39 hours of training before being assigned to a child. Volunteers spend an average of 15-20 hours a month for at least a year advocating for a single child or sibling group. CASA is always looking for new volunteers seeking to make a difference in a child’s life and in our community.  Learn about becoming a CASA volunteer. 

Created in 1999 by retired psychiatrist Wylie Jordan, the Jordan Award provides a grant of $6,000 to a selected nonprofit organization that effectively utilizes volunteers to further their mission. The next deadline for the Jordan Award is December 20, 2017.