CASA of the South Plains

CASA stands for Court Appointed Special Advocates. The CASA Advocate is appointed by a judge to advocate, or speak for, a child or children in foster care.

CASA began in 1977 when a judge in Seattle decided he was uneasy about making quick decisions that would affect children for the rest of their lives.� The judge launched a program to train and appoint community volunteers to research the cases of children who had been removed from their homes for various reasons.� Today, there are almost 955 CASA programs across the nation with 70,000 volunteers.

A Lubbock County Judge first appointed a CASA advocate to serve as an abused child's advocate in October 1993.� Since that time, more than 5,000 children have been provided more than 1,000 advocates.Since 1995, the program has grown from two employees to 13 full-time and approximately 186 advocates.� They are governed by a board of directors representing a diverse population of our community, with representation from six counties in the area.

In 2014, at the Third Annual Champions for Children

Breakfast for CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) of the South Plains recognized Bart Reagor as the 2014 Todd Monroe Reno Champion for Children. The RDAG was also recognized at the Texas Plains Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) as they celebrated the 29th anniversary of National Philanthropy Day (NPD) for their efforts of charitable work as an Outstanding corporation.

Mr. Reagor along with Coach Kliff Kingsbury have encouraged more community involvement with CASA's volunteer advocacy program through a strong marketing campaign.� Reagor has committed to CASA's vision of providing a CASA volunteer advocate to every child in foster care by 2020. �

"Mr. Reagor is committed to ensuring CASA's vision is fulfilled and ensuring all foster children have a strong consistent adult presence in that child's life," said Jennie Hill, Executive Director of CASA of the South Plains. "It will take the collaborative effort from the community of Lubbock and the South Plains region to ultimately reach our vision, but Mr. Reagor has demonstrated such outstanding civic engagement and philanthropy that we know this vision can be reached."

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