Our Programs

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA)

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) speak for the best interests of abused or neglected children whose home will be determined by a court of law.

The group became formally incorporated as CASA of the Tom Green County on March 26, 1987. CASA joined the Children’s Advocacy Center in 1998. The program’s mission is to speak for the best interests of abused and neglected children whose home will be determined by a court of law. Volunteers embody the spirit of the program and CASA’s goal is to provide each child a safe, permanent and nurturing home.

Who are CASA volunteers?

When home is no longer safe for a child, and the child must enter the foster care system, a judge may appoint a committed volunteer called a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate). The CASA volunteer stands beside the child throughout their journey to provide hope and help guide the child to a safe and permanent home. CASA volunteers are ordinary people from all walks of life, ages, and ethnic groups who are committed to doing what is best for a child in the foster care system. These volunteers get to know the child and gather information from everyone involved in their daily life, including family members, foster parents, teachers, daycare providers, doctors, lawyers, social workers, and other relevant persons. CASA volunteers use the information gathered to report to the judge, advocating for the child’s needs while in the foster care system. As a volunteer, you commit to represent a child’s best interests while they are in care.

How to Volunteer:

Visit our CASA Application Page or call 325-653-4673 (HOPE)

Volunteers must be at least 21 years of age.

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Hope House

Hope House is a safe place for children and families to visit after an outcry of abuse.

Historically, when responding to reports of child abuse and neglect, numerous problems have been encountered, including excessive interviews of child victims, development of physical evidence and lack of communication among involved agencies and individuals. Having recognized these issues, Tom Green County developed a cooperative team approach to the investigation of child abuse and neglect. Beginning in November of 1992, the first child was interviewed at Hope House. This program provides free services to victims of child abuse and neglect, including forensic interviews, case coordination, and therapy services on behalf of law enforcement and Child Protective Services (CPS). Hope House staff coordinates and reviews each child’s case with local, state, and federal law enforcement, medical personnel, CPS, district attorneys, and therapists and determine if there is enough evidence to pursue prosecution against the alleged perpetrator.

The services are critical for the investigation, criminal prosecution, justice, and healing for the child and family. Hope House staff works directly with families to ensure the child and non-offending family members have an opportunity to rebuild their lives. Hope House ensures every child receives the hope, healing, and life-changing services they so rightly deserve.

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Family Enrichment Services

Parenting is not easy, and we all need help from time to time. Family Enrichment Services (FES) provides services to build stronger families in Tom Green, Concho, and Runnels counties through four free programs.

Parents as Teachers

Parents as Teachers is a home visitation program that addresses child development and encourages positive parent-child relationships for prenatal to five years of age. The program screens for developmental delays and health issues, referrals to community resources, and a monthly Play and Learn family event.

Parent Mentor Program

Parent Mentor Program is for parents or guardians of children in the Juvenile Justice Center that are seeking parenting tips or guidance. This program provides parent education, resource coordination, and case management to help parents meet the needs of children and prevent child maltreatment. Case managers meet with families weekly and create a tailored plan to identify and build upon strengths.

Circle of Parents®

Circle of Parents is a weekly support group led by trained facilitators and parent leaders. Anyone in a care-giving role discuss the successes and challenges of raising children and exchange ideas, support, information, and resources. A children’s group is offered simultaneous to the adult meeting.

Counseling Services

FES Counseling Services offers both individual and group counseling services free of charge to children and families in our community. Our counseling staff work closely with clients to determine an individualized treatment plan.

How to Volunteer:

Please call 325-653-4673 to volunteer for Family Enrichment Services

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Child Fatality Review Team

Child Fatality Review Team (CFRT) valuates every child death in a 13-county region. The goal is to reduce the number of preventable child fatalities by establishing reporting guidelines, identifying gaps, and dispersing awareness material to the community.

Ultimately, the goal is to reduce the number of preventable child deaths by establishing an effective review and standardized data collection system for all child fatalities. Child fatality review teams are multi-disciplinary, multi-agency panels that review all child deaths regardless of the cause. Members include law enforcement, prosecutors, medical examiners, justices of the peace, health care professionals, child protective services, public and mental health professionals, educators and child advocates. These teams are uniquely qualified to understand what no single agency or group working alone can: how and why children are dying in their community.

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Partner Programs

Child & Family Well-being Initiative

Child & Family Well-being Initiative is a partnership between parents, agencies, business leaders, and other community residents committed to building a unified community that strengthens families.

Child & Family Well-being Initiative (CFWI) is a coalition comprised of parents, agencies, business leaders, churches, and other community residents steadfast in the mission of building a unified community to strengthen families. CFWI has modified and established programs and initiatives aimed at better meeting the needs of families and children.

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