Texas CASA Receives $250,000 Grant from The Meadows Foundation to Support Local Program Growth and Improve Outcomes for Children and Youth in State Care
AUSTIN, Texas (July 20, 2015) – Texas CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates), the state association of 71 local CASA programs that recruit and train volunteers to speak up in court and represent the best interests of children in the child protection system, was recently awarded a $250,000 grant by The Meadows Foundation.
"Texas CASA is grateful for the continued funding from The Meadows Foundation," said Texas CASA CEO Vicki Spriggs. "This generous grant will help us maintain the great momentum gained in strengthening local program operation and advocacy as well as expand capacity to serve children in long-term foster care."
With this third consecutive year of support from The Meadows Foundation, Texas CASA will be able to provide capacity-building assistance to six more local CASA programs over the next year, reaching a total of 27 programs overall. The organization will also continue to strengthen its focus on its Legislative Advocacy Teams (LATs), groups of local program staff, board and volunteers that provide grassroots advocacy and education to policy makers. In addition, the grant will support a model to increase the number of CASA volunteers serving children designated under Permanent Managing Conservatorship (PMC) across the state – children in long-term foster care who have been permanently removed from their homes with little chance of rejoining their families.
"Texas CASA is creating meaningful change in the child protection system, and helping the CASA programs across the state make a positive impact in their communities," said Bruce Esterline, senior vice president for strategic initiatives and grants with The Meadows Foundation. "We are proud to continue our partnership with this organization in assisting programs and enhancing their capacity to serve the vulnerable children and youth in the system."
The ongoing support of The Meadows Foundation will allow Texas CASA to further its mission of supporting local CASA volunteer advocacy programs and advocating for effective public policy for children in the child protection system.
About Texas CASA
Austin-based Texas CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) is the statewide association of 71 local CASA programs that recruit and train volunteers to advocate for children in the child protection system. In 2014, 8,066 well-trained volunteers served 24,742 children in 207 of Texas’ 254 counties. Texas CASA supports the local CASA programs by providing funding, training and technical assistance to program staff, board and volunteers.
CASA volunteers are everyday members of the community doing extraordinary work by choosing to speak up for abused and neglected children in their communities. They are screened and trained, then appointed by the court to advocate for the best interests of a child or sibling group in the foster care system. Often the CASA volunteer is the one constant in a child’s life while he or she goes through the overburdened system. CASA volunteers work to move the children through foster care and into safe, permanent homes as quickly as possible.
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About the Meadows Foundation
The Meadows Foundation is a private philanthropic institution established in 1948 by Algur H. and Virginia Meadows to benefit the people of Texas. The Dallas-based foundation has enriched the lives of countless Texas in the areas of arts and culture, civic and public affairs, education, health, and human services, as well as initiatives focusing on the environment, mental health, and public education. Since its inception, the Foundation has disbursed more than $775 million in grants and direct charitable expenditures to more than 3,000 Texas institutions and agencies.