Children have the right to a home with loving people to care for them. But each year, millions of children in the United States are abused, neglected or abandoned by their families.
That?s where CASA comes in.
Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) are community volunteers, just like you, who stand up and speak out to help abused and neglected children.
Last year in Collin County over 1,650 cases of child abuse or neglect were confirmed by Child Protective Services. In 2014, CASA served 515 children who suffered abuse or neglect so severe, that they were removed from their homes and placed in foster care. Unfortunately, the system that is supposed to protect children isn’t always equipped to ensure that their basic needs and rights are protected.
There is a simple and effective solution: A CASA Volunteer. CASA stands for Court Appointed Special Advocate. A CASA is a trained advocate who provides a consistent, strong and clear voice for abused and neglected children as they navigate a complicated legal system. CASA often serves as the only stable, trusted adult in their lives as children encounter the changing dynamics of the foster care system.
Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Collin County advocates for the best interest of children in foster care. Since 1994, we have served 100% of the abused and neglected children removed from their homes in Collin County. Within 24 hours of the removal, CASA is appointed by District Court Judges as the child’s guardian ad litem. As the child’s official voice in court, CASA works tirelessly to make sure the child (and parents) receives the services needed and the child’s case moves through the system as quickly as possible. The goal is for each child to be reunited with family if appropriate or to be placed in a safe and loving forever home if reunification is not possible.
CASA volunteers are everyday citizens appointed by judges to advocate for the safety and well-being of children who have been removed from their homes. One CASA Volunteer Advocate and one casework supervisor remains on each foster child’s case during the long and complicated process in search of a safe and loving forever home. Besides visiting face-to-face with each at least twice a month, CASA advocates obtain first hand information from all parties involved in the child’s life and provide independent testimony in court. A child who has a CASA volunteer by their side receives more services, moves through the system more quickly and has a better chance of a successful outcome, than a child without a CASA.
Simply put, all children deserve safe and loving homes. As our community grows and the number of abused children continues to grow, our goal is to ensure a CASA will be available to represent 100% of the abused and neglected children in our community.
CASA of Collin County promotes and protects the best interests of children who have been abused or neglected by training volunteer advocates to improve the child’s quality of life and serves as their voice within the court system to ensure they are placed in a safe, permanent and loving home.
All children deserve a safe and loving forever home, free from abuse or neglect. CASA of Collin County is committed to providing well-trained Volunteer Advocates for 100% of children removed from their homes under jurisdiction of the Collin County Courts.
Since its creation by a family court judge in Seattle, Court Appointed Special Advocates has become one of the most effective programs of its kind. Today there are almost 1,000 CASA programs around the country. It is a unique blend of private support, public need and the kind of people power that comes from 70,000 volunteers all committed to the rights of every child in the foster care and child welfare system. For more information on CASA’s effectiveness, please clickhere.
CASA’s program works. Research shows that a child with a CASA moves through the system more quickly, receives more services, does better in school and has better peer and adult relationships. Most importantly, a child with a CASA is significantly less likely to reenter the foster care system, meaning we are helping stop the cycle of abuse and allow for the children to heal and thrive.
If you are looking for a meaningful and enriching volunteer opportunity in Collin County and want to do something about child abuse, CASA is right for you.
CASA of Collin County’s Commitment to Equal Opportunity is an important part of our core values. In order to provide the best quality advocacy for children in our community, we believe that we must be responsive to the needs of everyone who may provide, receive or be affected by our services. To that end, all policies, practices and recommendations are administered without discrimination on the basis of race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, age, gender, gender identity and gender expression, marital status, physical abilities or national origin.
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Once we receive your application, we will call you to schedule a Pre-Training Interview.
Contact our Volunteer Recruiter/Trainer, Debi Williams, at 972-529-2272 x 117 or via email.
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