“It is rewarding-and sad- to see and hear the gratitude for very small acts of kindness, from kids who have never felt they had anyone to depend on. I told one of my CASA kids recently how much I admire his ability to make the best of a bad situation after his father- his one parent abandoned him and left the state. He said that if the person who was supposed to love him and care for him treated him that way….. He’d better learn to take care of himself. That saddens me, but it also inspires me to help him achieve his goals. There would be some justice in that.”

– Ken,
CASA Volunteer Advocate since 2011



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Today is a day to reflect on what we have. Here at CASA, we have much to be grateful for! We are grateful for the over 520 children who do not have to navigate the child welfare system alone. Grateful for the 99 new volunteers who have done an extraordinary thing and become a new CASA this year. Grateful for the brand new families who will celebrate their first official family Thanksgiving today. Grateful for our staff who have made it their life's work to advocate for abused and neglected children. Grateful for our incredible community, city and county partners who do this difficult and important work with us. And we are grateful for YOU. Grateful for the way that you support CASA's mission so faithfully. Thank you for believing in the work that we do and thank you for supporting our community's most vulnerable children. Happy Thanksgiving from our family to yours! ... See MoreSee Less

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When thinking about National Adoption Day, we are moved and inspired by the lives that were forever changed that day. It makes us so happy to think about the families celebrating their first official Thanksgiving as a family, one of many to come. NAD would not have been possible without the incredible passion and dedication of so many in our community! We are unable to thank everyone, but know that we are grateful for whatever role you played in making such a special day possible! Thank you to The Bouncy Kingdom for the fantastic photo booth! Thank you to Wally Helton and the Cinemark McKinney Theater for lending us your popcorn machine! A HUGE thank you to Lizzie Mace and her team for putting together the games and activities and thank you to all of the volunteers who made last Saturday a day to remember! We hope that National Adoption Day will be an incredible memory for the new forever families formed that day. We are cheering you on in your new beginning! ... See MoreSee Less

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We agree! Today is a good day to smile! Thank you to all the precious kiddos who worked together to sort candy and bundle up these Holiday Ornament Bags, each with a special and encouraging message! We LOVE to see kids helping kids! ... See MoreSee Less

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Thanks Photobooth Experts for these awesome photos! Just a little glimpse into the fun had on National Adoption Day 2017!

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Great event by Casa of Collin County

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2017 Sheriffs' Shoot-Out “Fore” Kids A heartfelt thank you goes out to all participants and sponsors of this year's event for their continued support!

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There wasn't a dry eye in the courtroom as five siblings were officially welcomed into their new forever family. The new Mom embraced the CASA Volunteer as the CASA shared with the court how excited she was that these children were receiving such a happy ending. As we enter into the season of thankfulness, today was a reminder of all that there is to be thankful for. ... See MoreSee Less

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It is not often that a courtroom is filled with giggles and squeals of joy. Two CASA children couldn't contain their excitement as they ran around a room full of their new family and friends. Thank you to all who make this day possible and thank you to all the adopting families for changing the lives of these special children. ... See MoreSee Less

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"On a scale of 1 - 10 how sure are you about this decision?"

"12!"

Congratulations to the new families who start forever TODAY! We applaud your decision!
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Today is the day! National Adoption Day is finally here! We are so excited for the new forever families that are starting today! ... See MoreSee Less

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April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month

April is National Child Abuse Month

I Am For The Child

Sak No To Child AbuseWe believe that every child has a right to a safe childhood free of violence. April, Child Abuse Awareness and Prevention Month, is an important time to start the conversation in our communities about how we can keep our children safe.

The first federal piece of legislation to protect children from abuse and neglect, the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA), was passed in 1974. In 1982, Congress took further steps toward identifying and preventing child abuse and recognized the first Child Abuse Prevention Week. Shortly after, the first National Child Abuse Prevention Month was designated in April. Since those early days, the focus on recognition and prevention has widened to include promoting healthy parenting and strong families through education and community support.

By rallying our neighbors, business, schools, friends and families, we can make a difference in the lives of children across the country. By promoting safety, awareness and dialogue, we can prevent abuse from happening in the first place and help keep our children safe.

It’s Not Too Late To Purchase Your Tickets!

Our 2017 Voice for Children Gala is happening THIS month. All children deserve a safe and loving, forever home, free from abuse or neglect. Your support of the 2017 Voice for Children Gala will help ensure that each child removed by CPS due to abuse and neglect in Collin County has a CASA Volunteer by their side.

We will have amazing live and silent auctions, exciting entertainment, delicious dinner, dancing and much more!

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Calling Residents to Action for Child Abuse Prevention Month

The needs of Collin County’s children coming into care are more complicated than ever before, and life in foster care can be chaotic. Every child deserves the support of a caring, consistent adult with the training to help them heal and thrive. Throughout the month of April, CASA of Collin County is calling on members of the community to help our program serve our most vulnerable children. Without intervention, the odds are stacked against children in foster care. A child with a CASA volunteer, however, will leave the foster care system two-and-a-half months earlier, on average, compared to a child without a CASA volunteer. Studies show children with a CASA volunteer receive more services that are critical to their well-being than children without an advocate, and those children are more likely to achieve educational success.

CASA of Collin County is a member of the National Court Appointed Special Advocate Association (National CASA), a nationwide network of programs in nearly 1,000 communities. At the heart of the movement are nearly 77,000 highly trained volunteers who advocate for the best interests of more than 250,000 of America’s children who have been abused or neglected.

How One Casa Made A Difference

Alyssa's StoryALYSSA’S STORY
For Alyssa, found in a drug raid in an abandoned house when she was three, success is all of those things, thanks in part to her CASA. When she was found by law enforcement, she was dirty, scared and wasn’t able to communicate clearly except to say “no”. No one knew her name. No one in that house full of drugs and guns and strangers was watching out for her.

Her communication was so unclear that at first, her CPS worker thought she only understood Spanish. She was placed in a foster home with a foster parent who also happened to be a kindergarten teacher. From the first time her CASA Advocate visited them in their home, she could sense that there was a strong bond beginning to develop and that Alyssa was going to get the loving care and attention she so desperately needed.

IN HER ADVOCATE’S WORDS
“I was very worried about the possibility of Alyssa being returned to them. While reviewing the CPS file from the previous case, I discovered the name of the CASA volunteer that had been involved with the case more than 5 years before. There was only a name, no contact information, but through the wonders of Facebook we connected. She provided us with important details about the disturbing circumstances of the removals and volunteered to come at her own expense to testify should we need her at any point. We stayed in touch over the next few months. Meanwhile, I continued tracking down family, neighbors, landlords and anyone else who had contact with the parents, and I started watching the parents’ Facebook pages. On the day of trial, the CASA volunteer was scheduled to testify in the afternoon, so she began driving the 5 hours it would take to get here before the trial started. Two hours into her drive, it became clear we wouldn’t need her testimony, and we called to tell her she could turn around. New evidence had come to light that proved the parents hadn’t changed their lifestyle at all and their rights were terminated. But that shows the determination of Advocates – ready and willing to do whatever is needed for the best interest of the child!”

A BETTER FUTURE FOR ALYSSA
Alyssa was adopted by her foster mom, just a little more than a year from when she was found in a home surrounded with drugs, a loaded handgun and nobody living there knew her name. Today, she dresses like a princess, bakes cookies, enjoys doing crafts, reads books, and loves using her rapidly growing vocabulary. She talks and talks! All in all, it’s a story with a great outcome and demonstrates the positive effect CASA can have in the life of a child.

Host A Beneficiary Event

CASA relies on supportive community partners to help raise awareness and vital funds for the organization. Many local individuals and businesses support CASA by hosting beneficiary events. To schedule a beneficiary event for CASA, please call Madison Durr at  972-529-2272 X113.

Become a “Hero Of Hope” Today

We have a special group of supporters who are extremely invested in our mission by joining us as monthly donors. Their recurring contributions mean that our work continues, and more children can find a safe and loving place to call home.

We’d ask for your to consider becoming one of these exceptional individuals, who we fondly call CASA of Collin County Hero’s of Hope. One of the biggest things we depend on as a nonprofit is consistency so that our work can continue.

As a Hero of Hope, you will enjoy:

  • Hassle-free monthly donations.
  • Automatic donation payment from your credit card or checking account.
  • The knowledge that your donation is put to work immediately.
  • Annual statement provided for tax purposed.
  • The ability to change or suspend your donation at any time.
Become a Monthly Donor Today!
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