Hill Country Casa Inc

Hill Country CASA provides trained, court-appointed volunteers who passionately advocate for abused and neglected children in Kerr, Kendall, Bandera and Gillespie Counties.

aka Hill Country CASA   |   Kerrville, TX   |  hccasa.org

Mission

Hill Country CASA provides trained, court-appointed volunteers who passionately advocate for abused and neglected children in Kerr, Kendall, Bandera and Gillespie Counties.

Notes from the nonprofit

In 2020 we continued to provide volunteer Guardians ad Litem for 100% of the children in Child Protective Service custody in our four county service area.

Ruling year info

1990

Executive Director

Ms. Stephanie A Cash

Main address

P.O. Box 290965

Kerrville, TX 78029 USA

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EIN

74-2551029

NTEE code info

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Hill Country CASA (HCCASA) was established in 1989 to provide trained community volunteers to serve child residents of Kerr, Kendall, Bandera and Gillespie Counties removed from their homes and into state foster care due to abuse or neglect, and aid the courts making decisions about permanence for these children. A child removed from their home loses everything they know at once; their home, parents, friends, pets, school and other connections that provide a "normal" and stable childhood; in Texas' large and chaotic child welfare system, timely individual attention and services is difficult to achieve for each of them. HCCASA volunteers work under court appointment to assure every child in foster care from the Hill Country receives ongoing individual attention, necessary services & timely placement in a safe and permanent home. CASAs are trained to provide strong advocacy for the child's best interest, timely individual services, and family reunification whenever safely possible.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Hill Country CASA

Orientation and training of volunteers appointed by a judge to represent the best interests of abused and neglected children in the court system.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

National CASA 1989

Texas CASA 1989

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of children served

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Infants and toddlers, Children and youth

Related Program

Hill Country CASA

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Decreasing

Context Notes

We have served 100% of the population in need in each of the years reported. Due to significant changes in Texas' child welfare system, the population has decreased over the years.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

That every child taken into State conservatorship because of abuse or neglect from Kerr, Kendall, Bandera and Gillespie counties have a well trained volunteer advocate to work with the court during the term of the legal case.

Hill Country CASA will continue to recruit, screen, train, supervisor and support community volunteers to serve as advocates for the five courts in our service area. We will maintain service to 100% of the population eligible in our service area, via the service of well-trained, court-sworn community volunteers. We will continue to use annual written program evaluations by attorneys, the judiciary and our volunteers to identify strengths and weaknesses in our program. We will continue to work to maintain a strong program with positive community recognition.

At present we are able to serve 100% of the children in State conservatorship because of abuse or neglect in our four county service area. We will work to add volunteers to continue service at 100%. In 2020, we were the only one of the 72 CASA programs in Texas were able to achieve service to 100% of the population, and we are grateful for the community volunteers and supporters that have stepped forward to ensure safe permanence for the children we together serve.

At present we are meeting our goals and we hope to continue that achievement in the year ahead. Our current strategic plan makes these goals our chief priority.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Case management notes,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    Our stakeholder feedback informs our annual CASA volunteer training sessions.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Hill Country Casa Inc

Board of directors
as of 11/17/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Mike Hayes

Charlie Wetherbee

Kendall County

Cindy Fowler

Kendall County

Lucy Wilke

Kerr County

Paul Urban

Kimble County

Brenda Hughes

Kerr County

Melinda Huff

Kendall County

Elizabeth Oehler

Kerr County

Kathy Simmons

Kerr County

Ann Moss

Kerr County

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 10/27/2020

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

No data

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 11/14/2019

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.