Did You Know?

  • The first CASA program began in Seattle, Washington in the 1970s.
  • In 2015, more than 212,000 cases of child abuse and/or neglect were reported. Of this number 176,868 investigations were completed and 40,506 were confirmed and put into the custody of Texas Department of Family Protective Services in Texas.
  • CASA of McLennan County was incorporated in 1994 in Waco, Texas with only a handful of advocates who completed the first training class. In just over 22 years since we began, our organization has grown to more than 80 volunteers, who served thousands of abused and neglected children in McLennan County.
  • In 2015, the combined child population in our counties was 70,037. Of these children, 3,707 were alleged victims of abuse/neglect and 727 children were removed from their homes and placed in State Protective care.
  • CASA of McLennan County served 197 of those 727 children – about 27% of those children in care.  This was a great accomplishment, but 530 children were left without that strong voice.
  • As the total population in our counties rises, so does the number of reported cases of child abuse/neglect.
  • CASA provides our volunteers with a free, 32-hour training curriculum including classroom instructions, courtroom observation, homework and a post training interview.
  • The CASA volunteer and/or supervisor attends all hearings and staffings concerning the child victim and works alongside TDFPS, judges, attorneys, foster families, mental health professionals and others who are involved in the child’s situation.
  • CASA advocates provided nearly 18,000 hours of volunteer time in 2015 to help abused and neglected children aged from birth to 18 years who were removed from their homes and placed in State Protective custody.
  • With CASA’s services, we are preventing the cycle of abuse, replacing destructive adult role models with protective adults that model positive values and behaviors, benefiting not only the child but also the community where that child will become an adult member.

If you would like to be a hero in the lives of children who are desperately in need of help, please contact CASA of McLennan County at (254) 304-7982. Become a child advocate or help by making a donation.