Texas CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates®) announced the addition of Andrew Homer, director of public affairs; and Shari Hanrahan, director of development; to the state association of independent nonprofit organizations that recruit, train and support volunteer advocates for children in the foster care system.
Homer brings more than 25 years public policy experience to Texas CASA. Most recently, Homer was director of government relations for the Texas Public Employees Association, the largest non-union public employees group in the state.
Homer will lead Texas CASA’s legislative advocacy efforts and work on public policy issues affecting the Texas child welfare system.
Hanrahan comes to Texas CASA with more than 22 years fundraising, public policy and communications experience. She previously served as vice president of outreach and director of development for the Texas Public Policy Foundation. She will be responsible for planning, managing and implementing all of Texas CASA’s fundraising efforts, including increasing individual, corporate and foundation support for the statewide agency.
“Andy and Shari add extraordinary bench strength to our agency with their wealth of experience, knowledge and connections,” said Texas CASA Chief Executive Officer Vicki Spriggs. “That is especially critical as we prepare for the next era of CASA in Texas as we move toward our vision of providing a well-trained CASA volunteer for every child in the foster care system who needs one.
About Texas CASA
Austin-based Texas CASA is the statewide association of 71 local CASA programs that with more than 7,600 well-trained volunteers served more than 23,600 children in 207 of the 254 counties. Texas CASA provides funding, training and technical assistance to the staff, board and volunteers of the 71 member programs.
CASA volunteers are regular people who have chosen to speak up for abused and neglected children in their community. CASA volunteers are screened and trained then appointed by the court to advocate for the best interests of a children in the foster care system. Often the CASA volunteer is the one constant in a child’s life while he or she goes through the over-burdened foster care system. CASA volunteers work to move the children through foster care and into safe permanent homes as quickly as possible. More than half the children in foster care do not have CASA volunteers. For more information, please visit www.TexasCASA.org.