Court Appointed Special Advocates for the Highland Lakes Area, Inc. (CASA) swore in 11 CASA volunteers on October 11 at the Burnet County Court Annex. The volunteers were sworn in by Hon. Robert Hofmann, Associate Judge of the 33rd Judicial District Court of the State of Texas.
The new volunteers will be empowered to advocate for abused and neglected children in out-of-home placements. Many family members of the volunteers, the CASA staff, and a member of the CASA Board attended this special ceremony. This volunteer class represents the newest generation of court-appointed advocates in our five county areas of Burnet, Llano, Lampasas, San Saba and Blanco.
CASA volunteers are a carefully selected, group of individuals devoted to representing a child's best interests in court. Each member completes 30 hours of intensive training that includes information from CASA supervisors, current volunteers and lectures from professionals in the legal, child welfare, and educational fields as well as 3 hours court observation. After the swearing-in ceremony, volunteers will be able to begin accepting cases.
CASA for the Highland Lakes Area, Inc. is a non-profit charitable organization which works through professionally trained and supervised volunteers to promote the welfare of children in foster care. CASA is a nationwide organization that began in 1977, with approximately 950 programs across the country providing support and direction to more than 50,000 CASA volunteers. Those interested in becoming a CASA volunteer should contact the office at 325-388-3440.