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Casa of Tarrant County, Inc.

aka Court Appointed Special Advocates   |   Fort Worth, TX   |  www.speakupforachild.org

Mission

CASA of Tarrant County and its court-appointed volunteers advocate for the best interest of abused and neglected children

Ruling year info

1983

Executive Director

Mr. Don Binnicker

Main address

101 Summit Avenue Suite 505

Fort Worth, TX 76102 USA

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Formerly known as

Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children

CASA of Tarrant County, Inc.

Child Advocates of Tarrant County, Inc

Child Advocates

Foster Child Advocate Services of Tarrant County, Incorporated

EIN

75-1895412

NTEE code info

Civil Rights, Advocacy for Specific Groups (R20)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (P01)

Foster Care (P32)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

CASAs (Court Appointed Special Advocates) advocate for children in the foster care system, that have been removed from their homes due to abuse and/or neglect. Every year children are removed and placed in new foster homes, relative homes, new schools, unfamiliar surroundings, unfamiliar people, subjected to court involvement, interaction with child protection investigators, caseworkers, attorneys, judges, therapists, and counselors, separated from their family, and at times, their siblings. There are many professionals that all have differing agendas that effect the lives and daily events of these children.

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?

Court Appointed Special Advocates of Tarrant County

Provides trained and supervised volunteers for the Tarrant County Courts.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

Member of National CASA 2023

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Charting impact

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

CASA has a goal to serve every child that needs an advocate by the year 2025. In order to accomplish this goal, CASA needs to increase the number of trained volunteers to match that need. To supervise those volunteers, CASA needs additional staff and resources to train, supervise and mentor volunteers to serve the children.

CASAs are appointed by the judges to be the eyes and ears of the courts and to advocate for the best interest of the children. CASAs visit the children in their homes, at their schools, at their foster homes, observe parent-child visits, attend court hearings, speak with educators, counselors, caseworkers, medical personnel, and attorneys to gather information about the functions, development and basic care of the children. These volunteer advocates report back to the courts, to provide a current picture of the status and well-being of the children, to assist the judges in making decisions that may effect the children's lives, permanency, parental rights, etc. CASAs work to locate family members and familial connections to support the children while in care and hopefully as they leave care. CASAs utilize different strategies to locate family members, help address the trauma that the children have been exposed to and maintain personal relationships with them as they move through the court systems, get returned home, adopted or age out of the CPS system.

CASA has 37 staff members and approximately 400 volunteers who go through extensive training to learn the best ways to advocate for the children, address the court systems, collaborate with CPS, judges, attorneys, caseworkers, teachers, etc. In 2018, CASA served 1155 children that were in care, in all stages of the legal process. CASA is working with other agencies to address child sex trafficking, runaways, and children leaving the foster care system after they turn 18 years of age. CASA has been operating for 35 years and every year the number of children served increases. With continued growth, CASA hopes to serve every child that needs a CASA.

CASA served 1155 children in 2018, an increase from 1022 in 2017, and 903 in 2016. 50% of the children in care are boys and 50% are girls. CASA also increased the percentage of male advocates from 15% to 16% in the year 2018. CASA will continue to monitor our measurables and strive to increase children served, diverse staff and male advocates, etc.

Financials

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Operations

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

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Casa of Tarrant County, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 05/08/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Charlie Scherer

CASA of Tarrant County Board of Directors

Charlie Scherer

Stefanie Mauler

Daniel Herron

Whitney Vaughan

Charlotte Kauffman

Clark Rucker

Andrew Norman

Kristy Odom

Kathleen Copeland

Elle Oberdick

Mary Barkley

Dwayne Smith

Debbie Cooley

Jeremy Bravo

Lindsey Freeman

Casey Gillespie

Ann-Maree Harrison

Nina Wollman

Jonathon McCartney

Matt Opitz

Ken Murphy

Michelle Marlow

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? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 10/6/2023

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 10/06/2023

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Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • 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.