“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.”
CASA Volunteer Advocate since 2011
My name is Karla
CASA Makes A Difference
“I am the oldest of three girls and was often responsible for my sisters-sometimes taking care of them and missing school. Then Kim came along and I was thinking, how can she help me and take time for me when she could be doing things for herself?
Before I met Kim, I was failing all my classes and was not expected to graduate on time. Kim immediately started to help me with my education. She would come and see me once a week. She would organize appointments with everyone in my life : my therapist, social worker, foster mom, and case manager. She made sure everyone was doing what was necessary to help me succeed.
My CASA, Kim, said that I was working so hard that I deserved to have fun and participate in the senior activities. She convinced me to go to my senior prom. Kim and I searched for a dress. It was so special to me that she was by my side. I picked a magenta dress that had diamonds around the top and a fluffy bottom. I still have memories about that prom thanks to her. If I had not gone to the prom, I know I would have regretted it. I am forever thankful for that role that Kim, my CASA, played in my life.”
A Special Thank You
Applause to Advocates
Thank you to the 262 active CASA Volunteers who served 510 children and youth in 2016. Your dedication and commitment help make a difference in the lives of local children and teens. Every day you lift up children’s voices and life up their lives.
It takes all of us, every single one of us, to stand up and commit to making a meaningful difference in the lives of abused and neglected children. And it starts very simply with one volunteer at a time. By becoming a CASA Volunteer, you become a hero to a child who needs you most.
For more information on becoming a CASA Volunteer contact Lacy Dembicki at 972-529-2272 X117 or click here to email her.
Advocates spend a significant amount of time with their CASA children on outings away from the foster homes or group homes. These outings help create a bond of trust, and are an important component of the CASA volunteer’s role. The Advocates do this out of the kindness of their heart, but also out of their own pocket. Can you help them with these activities?
Needs for Children:
- Tickets for local experiences including the Dallas Zoo & Aquarium, the McKinney Heard Museum, Jump Street, Main Event and other child-friendly places
- Gift cards to food and clothing places for our teens
- Gas gift cards
For more information about our 2017 Voice For Children Gala, please click here.
Meet Our Newest Team Member
“I graduated from Texas A&M University in May of 2015 with a degree in Community Health. In my last semester of college, I received an internship with Voices for Children, CASA of the Brazos Valley. Upon completion of my internship, I was hired as a CASA Supervisor and a Mentor Supervisor for the mentoring program. I married my wife, Kristin on August 29, 2015, and less than three months later, we were very surprised to learn that Kristin was pregnant! Nine months later our son, Denver, was born and we were reminded that surprises are often the best things in life. Denver is now 5 months old, and he loves being social and chewing on anything he can get his hands on. We decided to move to the Dallas area because this is where most of our family lives. CASA of Collin County had an open position at the same time that we were wanting to move. I feel very fortunate to have this job, and I am looking forward to working with our volunteers to provide strong advocacy for our CASA kiddos in Collin County.”
Please join us in welcoming Kyle to our team!
To Children in Foster Care
It’s hard to say No to a child.
Even when the request is small – an extra cookie, a drugstore toy, five more minutes before bedtime – we want to see those bright smiles and happy eyes when we say Yes.
But when a child has suffered from abuse or neglect, when their lives have been turned upside down in an unfamiliar foster home, when they feel they have no one they can count on, saying No isn’t just hard. It’s agonizing.
At CASA of Collin County, we never want to say No to a foster child who needs us. Support from people like you means we won’t have to. Your tax-deductible investment in the nonprofit CASA of Collin County allows us to recruit, train, supervise and support more than 250 CASA volunteers every year – caring, knowledgeable people who make sure children have everything they need to heal, to thrive and to find a forever home.
Thanks to support from our community, CASA volunteers can be the dedicated champions that foster kids need – kids like Cierra. When Cierra came to us, she’d already been shuttled between three different foster homes after her mother went to jail on theft and drug charges. CASA volunteer Michelle made sure she found her way to a stable home and also arranged regular visits with Cierra’s three brothers. After eight months, Cierra’s mother had turned her life around and asked the court to reunite her with her kids. Michelle monitored the mom’s progress, reported back to the court and made sure Cierra was adjusting well during frequent family visits. Today, the family is back together and doing just great.
Will you please consider gift to help every story like Cierra’s have a happy ending? Your donation to CASA of Collin County, will make it possible for us to say Yes when foster children in our community need an advocate who will let nothing stand between a child and a happy future. Say yes to CASA of Collin County and change the life of a child who needs us.
Please join us as we celebrate the 2017 Voice for Children Gala, The Magic of WONDERLAND, Saturday, April, 22, 2017 at the always beautiful and timeless InterContinental Hotel Dallas.
Visit this page on our web-site to view details and to purchase tickets/tables.
“Don’t be late for a very important date…” Believe in MAGIC! Please join us in WONDERLAND.
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