CASA of Cameron and Willacy Counties Inc. (Brownsville, TX)


  • Name:Mrs. Somer Robb
  • Title:Casework Supervisor

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:CASA of Cameron and Willacy Counties Inc.
  • Address:647 E Saint Charles Street
    Brownsville, TX 78520
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:956-546-6545
  • Main fax:956-546-6612

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  • Mission:
  • Our mission is to find the safest, most nurturing permanent homes for abused and neglected children. The CASA program recruits volunteers from the community to stand up and be a voice for abused and neglected children. CASA volunteers provide factual information on behalf of a child caught in a difficult legal process. In a court system challenged by increasing caseloads, a CASA volunteer can make the single greatest difference in the life of a child.

  • Overview:
  • CASA of Cameron and Willacy Counties Inc. is a 501 c 3 nonprofit, volunteer based organization appointed by the Child Protection Court to children who have been removed from their homes because of abuse and/or neglect. We recruit community members and train them to become highly qualified advocates for abused and neglected children. CASA volunteers complete thirty hours of training before being assigned a case and complete twelve hours of continuing education training per year. Once assigned a case, CASA volunteers conduct their own investigation by interviewing all parties involved in the case and visiting the children at least once per month. The volunteers put all of the information they have gathered into a report that is filed with the court before each hearing and attends the court hearings to stand up for the children they are serving.

    CASA volunteers are guided by their Casework Supervisors who are full-time staff members. Casework Supervisors guide and assist volunteers in their casework to ensure the children that are appointed to CASA are receiving effective advocacy. Staff members receive ongoing training in areas of case management, supervision, abuse and neglect and advocacy. Casework Supervisors are directly supervised by the Program Director who works under the Executive Director. The organization is overseen by the Board of Directors who monitors the program.

  • History:
  • The original volunteer Guardian Ad Litem program was established in 1977 in Seattle, Washington by Judge David Soukup. Judge Soukup conceived the idea of having community members advocate for abused and neglected children after seeing so many children come through his courtroom with no one to stand up for the them. His program was so successful that other jurisdictions began to adopt the idea. In 1982, a national organization was formed to bring consistency to the Guardian Ad Litem programs that were being formed throughout the nation. This organization was named Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA).

    On June 20, 1994 All Valley Court Appointed Special Advocates was formed in Brownsville, Texas. Then name was changed to CASA of Cameron and Willacy Counties, Inc. on January 20, 2000. CASA of Cameron and Willacy Counties, Inc. is one of 70 CASA programs in Texas and is a member in good standing of the Texas CASA program.

  • Year established:1994
  • Endowment:No


  • Executive / Trustee board size:10
  • Advisory board size:
  • Staff size:6

Board and Executive Names

  • Board Members / Trustees:
  • President: Berta A Guerra

    Vice President: Irene Romero

    Treasurer: Daniel Chio Jr.

    Secretary: Anna B Lerma


    Christina Bridgewater

    Alex Dominguez

    Sarah Dziubanek

    Amelia Cisneros

    Denise Saenz Blanchard

    Anne M Serrato

    Ben Vera

  • Executive Director / President:
  • Executive Director: Richard Alaniz

Staff Names

  • Key Staff:
  • Program Director: Dora Martinez

    Casework Supervisor: Somer Robb

    Casework Supervisor: Erik Estrada

    Recruitment, Training and Casework Supervisor: Claudia Ortiz

    Office Manager and Casework Supervisor: Ivonne Garcia


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • IRS Subsection:None
  • Tax ID:74-2713912

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IRS Business Master File Information

  • EIN:742713912
  • Care Of Name:
  • Organization Address:1740 BOCA CHICA BLVD STE 300
  • Organization City:BROWNSVILLE
  • Organization State:TX
  • Organization Zip:78520-8145
  • Group Exemption Number:0000
  • Subsection Code:03
  • Classification Code(s):1
  • Subsection/Classification Desc.:Charitable Organization
  • Affiliation Code:3
  • Ruling Date:August, 1995
  • Deductibility Code:1
  • Foundation Code:15
  • Foundation Code Desc.:Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general publicĀ 170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
  • Activity Code(s):994, 327
  • Activity Code Desc.(s):Described in section 170(b)1)(a)(vi) of the Code, Prevention of cruelty to children
  • Organization Code:1 (Corporation)
  • Exempt Org. Status Code:01 (Unconditional Exemption)
  • Tax Period:August, 2016
  • Filing Requirement Category:01 (990 (all other) or 990EZ return)
  • Accounting Period:August
  • NTEE Code:R200
  • Asset Amount:$69,572
  • Asset Code:3 ($25,000 - $99,999)
  • Income Amount:$359,302
  • Income Code:4 ($100,000 - $499,999)
  • 990 Revenue Amount:$359,302
  • Last Updated:2/19/2018 9:45:44 pm

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