Our vision is that no child is hungry, hurt, alone or rejected, and that all children and youth believe they are loved, respected and treated with dignity.
We have served almost 25,000 Georgetown children and youth of all ages and from all walks of life in the past 20 years. We believe positive intergenerational relationships can make all the difference for young people, which is the foundation of our Developmental Assets focus.
We are the community leader in defining, mobilizing, and building collaborative partnerships that fill important gaps in community services along the ages and stages in a child's life.
We empower youth to become caring, capable and resilient individuals. Through our early childhood and parent center, summer camps and afterschool programs, and homeless teen and shelter services, we build skills that help youth succeed socially, emotionally and academically.
We help Williamson County's sexually and physically abused children in a child-friendly facility, where investigative agencies collaborate to put the child victim's best interests first.
Our mission is to provide a safe place to report child abuse, reduce the emotional trauma for children and non-offending family members, and extend professional services that protect the integrity of an investigation.
All of our services continue to be free of charge to every family living in Williamson County. In the 20 years that we have been operational, we have conducted
Additionally, we have provided family advocacy for
When a child enters the foster care system because his or her home is no longer safe, a judge may appoint a committed volunteer to help them. That volunteer is called a court appointed Special Advocate, or CASA.
CASA volunteers are screened and highly trained and then appointed by judges to represent and advocate for a child's best interest in the child protection system. CASA volunteers are each assigned to help one child or set of siblings at a time, so they can focus on giving that child or sibling group the individualized advocacy and attention they need.
We provide valuable advocacy for every abused child in this area. CASA volunteers serve as the "eyes and ears" for the judge in child welfare cases. This includes researching each child's situation and making objective recommendations to help them reclaim their childhoods from abuse and neglect. CASA volunteers are frequently the only stable presence in these children's lives as they navigate the foster care system.
These volunteers bring three critical qualities to their work: they focus on one case at a time, they bring a unique perspective to the court case and their sole objective is representing the best interest of the child.