Keeping Texas children safe is a primary goal not only of Texas Health and Human Services but also of the Children's Advocacy Centers of Texas (CACTX) and the Court Appointed Special Advocates (Texas CASA) programs.

In September 2015, HHS assumed responsibility for these 2 programs from the Office of the Attorney General (S.B. 354, 84th Regular Legislature, Regular Session, 2015).

Under this contract, HHS trains, provides technical assistance and evaluates services for these organizations.

What is CACTX?

The Children's Advocacy Centers of Texas is the statewide membership association for children's advocacy centers in the state.  Founded in 1994, CACTX currently includes 70 developing and established centers in both large, urban cities and in small, rural communities.  Their mission is to restore the lives of abused children by supporting CACs in partnership with local communities and agencies investigating and prosecuting child abuse.  

For more information on CACTX and their local programs, please go to

What is Texas CASA?

Texas CASA is the statewide organization for volunteer advocate programs.  Texas CASA and its 72 local programs ensure that every child has an advocate to speak for his or her best interest before the courts.  The advocate is a caring adult, trained to help a child through this difficult period in life.  Their mission is to support local CASA volunteer advocacy programs and to advocate for effective public policy for children in the child protection system.  

For more information on Texas CASA and becoming a CASA volunteer, please go to