The Mission of Great Plains CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) for Kids, Inc., is to train and supervise community volunteers to be a leading voice in advocating for safe, permanent, nurturing homes for children in need of our services.
A CASA for every child.
Great Plains CASA for Kids is part of a national volunteer movement that began in 1977 when Judge David Soukup in Seattle decided he needed to know more about the children whose lives were in his hands. His solution was to ask community volunteers to act as a “voice in court” for abused and neglected children. These Court Appointed Special Advocate® (CASAs) provided him with the detailed information he needed to safeguard the children’s best interests and ensure that they were placed in safe, permanent homes as quickly as possible. The program was so successful that it was copied around the nation.
The first CASA program established in Texas was Dallas CASA in 1980. Today, the CASA movement has evolved into one of the largest volunteer organizations in the country.
Great Plains CASA for Kids is a non-profit organization that provides trained community volunteers to represent the child’s best interest in the court. Great Plains CASA for Kids serves abused and neglected children in Deaf Smith, Bailey, Castro, Oldham and Parmer Counties. Our program was 60th program in Texas and was formed in June, 2003. We were appointed to our first case in November, 2003 in Bailey county.
Great Plains CASA is a member of the National and Texas CASA Associations. Great Plains CASA is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization governed by a volunteer board of directors.
Who are our Advocates?
The need in the Great Plains
- CASA Advocates help break the cycle of child abuse
- National statistics report a child is abused or neglected every 35 seconds and as a result, a child dies every 6 hours
- The Texas Panhandle has one of the highest rates of confirmed cases of child abuse in the state of Texas.
- 80% of people in Texas prisons today were in foster care yesterday.
- 90% of foster children without a CASA volunteer come back into the system
- A child without a CASA volunteer spends 2+ years in foster care while a child with a CASA volunteer spends 1 year in foster care.
- Great Plains CASA supported over 40 volunteers in 2019 who advocated for 126 children