WHEREAS, The Senate of the State of Texas is pleased to
  honor Texas Court Appointed Special Advocates and to recognize
  January 30, 2013, as CASA Day at the State Capitol; and
         WHEREAS, CASA is a national volunteer movement, begun in
  1975, that enlists community volunteers to serve as court
  advocates for abused and neglected children; these volunteers
  research the child's situation, provide critical information and
  recommendations to judges about what is best for the child, and
  help ensure that children in the foster care system find safe,
  permanent homes as soon as possible; and
         WHEREAS, The first CASA program in Texas began in Dallas in
  1979; Texas CASA was formed in 1989 and provides funding,
  training, technical assistance, coordination, and strategic
  tools and assistance to local CASA programs statewide; and
         WHEREAS, There are 69 local CASA organizations and
  thousands of volunteer advocates throughout the State of Texas;
  dedicated to giving children in the foster care system hope for a
  better future, CASA volunteers provide courts with the
  information they need to make well-informed decisions in child
  protective services cases, and their efforts help ensure that the
  state's child protection system functions as intended; and
         WHEREAS, All those associated with CASA are truly
  deserving of recognition for their service to the State of Texas,
  its courts, and its children; now, therefore, be it
         RESOLVED, That the Senate of the State of Texas, 83rd
  Legislature, hereby proclaim January 30, 2013, as CASA Day at the
  State Capitol and commend the organization for its noble efforts
  to aid abused and neglected children; and, be it further
         RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution be prepared as an
  expression of high regard from the Texas Senate.
        President of the Senate
        I hereby certify that the
    above Resolution was adopted by
    the Senate on January 30, 2013.
        Secretary of the Senate
         Member, Texas Senate