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Judicial Survey Shows Volunteers Make the Difference In A Life Of A Child
Wednesday, May 20, 2009 • Posted May 20, 2009

A new survey states that Judges rely heavily on the opinions of Court Appointed Special Advocates™ (CASA) when hearing cases about abused and neglected children.

“I am gratified but not surprised at the results, said Nancy Holt, Executive Director of Bluebonnet CASA of Mason, Menard, McCulloch & Kimble Counties.

“CASA volunteers represent the best interest of foster children in court, added Holt. CASA volunteers are everyday people that step forward to help make the very difficult decisions and speak up for the best interest of the child in court. The volunteers get to know the child and talk to everyone involved in that child’s life from doctors to teachers to parents.”

The survey, conducted by the University of Texas at Austin, showed 94% of all the surveyed said when CASA is involved; the odds of a positive outcome for these children go up. 97% of the Judges said the personal knowledge that CASA brings to the legal processing helps their decision making.

Associate Judge Rob Hofmann of the Child Protection Court of the Hill Country added, “CASA volunteers are invaluable in serving these most precious children. Bluebonnet CASA does an excellent job supporting those volunteers. I urge any citizen willing to make this commitment to find out more.”

Last year, Bluebonnet CASA served 29 children in Mason, Menard, McCulloch and Kimble Counties.

“A CASA volunteer is the child’s voice and hope in the courtroom”, said Holt, “we urge any citizen interested in making a difference in a foster child’s life to contact Bluebonnet CASA at 325-347-6474 or visit www.becomeacasa.org.”

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