How did this program begin?
Senate Bill 78 by Senator Jane Nelson was passed during the 85th Legislative Session, giving CASA programs access to Texas’ state agency surplus computers. All of the computers that CASA programs access through this program are required to be distributed directly to foster children and youth served by CASA and in need of a computer for educational and normalcy activities.
Who gets a computer?
While each CASA program is the best judge of the children and youth they are serving and can request a computer for any youth they choose, Texas CASA recommends prioritizing the following populations:
1) Youth emancipating out of the child welfare system,
2) High school students,
3) Middle school students, and
4) Children over the age of 10 in kinship homes without a computer.
Children and youth who already have a personal computer are not eligible to receive one from a CASA program. Additionally, a CASA volunteer or staff person should talk with the child prior to giving him/her any equipment to ensure that the child is interested in receiving it.
How do I request a computer for my CASA kid?
Casework Supervisor Lee Brown in our Palestine office has already completed the required training and made a request on behalf of our program. If you would like to request a computer for your CASA child, please get in touch with Lee below.