“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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It's Staff Spotlight Saturday! This time featuring Layla Beaty, Volunteer Coordinator.

When asked who inspires her, Layla answered "my advocates."
Layla has dedicated the past six years to social work, the past year of which has been spent right here at CASA!

THANK YOU Layla for your hard work!
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On this day of love, we celebrate our love for our amazing volunteer advocates!

Think you have what it takes to become part of this club? Visit our website to learn more. ow.ly/FfIK50yajA1

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Love is in the air! We have the perfect valentine idea for the special people in your life - make a donation in their honor and we will send them an e-card. It's a total win-win!

Donate today at ow.ly/U0eJ50ykZZL!
Make sure to click "I would like to dedicate this donation" to personalize the donation in your Valentine's name.
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CASA of Collin County

We were touched that Embrace Texas invited our staff to be part of serving our Collin County CPS caseworkers a love filled breakfast today! ... See MoreSee Less

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Imagine being a child or a parent that speaks a foreign language but those assigned to help you do not. It can be frustrating and scary to not understand fully what is going on. An advocate who is fluent in English and another language is a very valuable asset to CASA.

Do you speak multiple languages? Do you have a desire to help children in the foster care system? CASA NEEDS YOU!

The next training session begins in March. Will you answer the call to serve?

For more information on bilingual advocacy, please contact Debi Williams, Program Director - DWilliams@CASAofCollinCounty.org

Can't volunteer or aren't bilingual? Consider sharing this post so we might be able to reach those who can help!
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Staff Spotlight Saturday!!
Featuring: Natasha Lawry, Training Manager

Natasha is the guru when it comes to the training of our beloved advocates and helping hands! She works tirelessly to prescreen potential applicants, execute amazing and engaging training sessions, plans all the amazing CASA Talks and SO much more! In so many ways, Natasha is the face of CASA of Collin County. Every new recruit interacts with Natasha for many long hours to ensure this is the right fit for all involved.

Facts about Natasha:
-She has worked for CASA for 22 years!!
-Natasha learned the ropes the hard way by starting out as a volunteer advocate herself.
-She is inspired by the late Dr. Karyn Purvis, Dr. Davis Cross, Dr. Bruce Perry and Brene Brown.

Natasha's favorite part of her job: "Seeing the flicker in the eyes of a trainee who suddenly gets it in class."
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A smile can change someone's day and there's no better day to do it than on National Give Kids a Smile Day!

What's something you've done recently to brighten a child's day?

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Male volunteer advocates are in short supply but are very necessary. Let us tell you a story about a case we had previously and WHY male advocates are needed:

We had two teenage boys who, along with their single mom, were homeless. They never had a positive male role model. They never really had ANY male role model. That was until they were brought into care and assigned to a male advocate. This male was there for them. He was constant. He wanted the very best for them and fought to achieve that. The case closed, the kids were returned to their mom and the CASA is still there for these young men.

Want to have a lasting impact? Volunteer advocates absolutely do. Find out more here: casaofcollincounty.org/what-is-a-casa/
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"We don't have to engage in grand, heroic actions to participate in change. Small acts, can transform the world." - Howard Zinn

Amity and Anthem is changing the world, one small act at a time. You can too! Purchase from their online shop - currently all the proceeds come to CASA of Collin County. amityandanthem.com/
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February kicks off National Children's Dental Health Month! It probably comes as no surprise that dental care is something our advocates address along with their other health concerns.

CASA of Collin County Advocacy Manager Francesca Inman reminisced recently about a case several years ago that involved a lot of dental issues. A 5 year old boy that came into care had severe bottle rot to his teeth. One of the things that stuck with Francesca after all these years was the child commenting on how beautiful his advocate Ann's teeth were upon their first meeting. Ann went above and beyond to address this child's needs and effort to achieve more normalcy, as he was beginning school and was very self aware of his teeth's condition. Long story short, due to a collaborative effort with local CPS and a supportive dentist, this child gained a healthier mouth and boost to his self esteem.

This is the kind of thing that our CASA advocates do day in and out for the children in our community!

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CASA Wins $100,000 from Reliant Energy!

Reliant Energy, an NRG Company, donated $100,000 to CASA of Collin County following its Reliant Gives campaign. Reliant President Elizabeth Killinger and other employees presented the big check on May 10 at CASA offices in McKinney. The Reliant Gives campaign involved a week-competition between three Texas nonprofits (including CASA). Supporters could vote once a day from April 30 – May 6 by entering in mobile phone numbers on the Reliant Gives website. THANK YOU to Reliant Energy and to all who voted CASA of Collin County!

CASA of Collin County Under New Leadership

For CASA of Collin County’s new executive director, Tricia Clifton, the organization’s mission is personal. As an infant, Tricia was removed from her home, moved to multiple foster homes, until being placed for adoption at 18 months. Tricia understands, firsthand, the magnitude of CASA’s mission to promote and protect the best interests of children who have been abused and neglected.

“Most people understand that CPS removes severely abused children from their homes, but few people realize the difficult, lengthy court process these vulnerable children face as they search for a safe, loving, permanent home,” said Clifton. “Our advocates are the eyes and the ears of the court, working to ensure children receive the services they need to heal and thrive.” With a passion for giving back to the community, Tricia Clifton has spent more than a decade serving at risk youth and underserved populations around the world. She has led both corporate and nonprofit teams at WorldVentures and WorldVentures Foundation, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, Back on My Feet and Youth Villages by successfully turning challenges into opportunities to enhance programmatic outcomes.

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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