WACO, Texas — Court Appointed Special Advocates of McLennan County, a non-profit organization that provides a trained volunteer for neglected or abused children, listed their top priorities for the 86th Texas Legislative Session.

With funding as one of the organization's major needs, the Texas CASA is asking for an increase from $13-to-$15 million this legislative session. 

John Moorman, a CASA of McLennan County supervior, said the money is divided among the state's 72 programs.

In 2018, Moorman said McLennan County's state funding was $111,810, which is about 1% of the $13 million.

"That helps CASA grow," Moorman said. "It helps train more volunteers and get more volunteers to reach out in different areas."

Texas CASA had more than 10,000 volunteers who served more than 30,000 children in 2018.

For McLennan County, their 92 advocates served 251 children and gave more than 5,000 hours of volunteer advocacy time. Despite this, Moorman said there were not enough advocates for the 650 children in foster care.

A goal of the county hopes to reach is having enough volunteers for every child in foster care, he said.

Texas CASA volunteers and supervisors will meet with representatives at the state capital Feb. 5 to advocate for the children they serve.

The Texas CASA Board of Directors approved the legislative priorities in June. For a full list of the organization's top legislative priorities, visit texascasa.org.