Learning with Dallas CASA: Chronic Maltreatment
For many families, their first encounter with the child welfare system is a life-changing one. They receive support services, and the children experience positive and hopefully permanent changes in their home lives. For other families, reports to Child Protective Services (CPS) add up over the years, with reports accumulating and little real change occurring. What can Dallas CASA volunteer do to support families on repeated involvement with the child welfare system?
Two Boys Needed a Break From Chaos
For Bryson and Kason, ages 10 and 11, home life was chaos. They dreamed of the simple summer pleasures of childhood - swimming, backyard games and freedom. When their Dallas CASA volunteer Ashley found a sleepaway camp that would take them for one week, the boys jumped at the chance. Could a week away be the break everyone needed?
Dallas CASA Volunteer Guides Youth Through College Application Process
For Dallas CASA volunteer Dionne Peniston, a college professor, guiding the youth she's serving through the college application process felt like second nature. For him, Dionne's support has been life-changing.
Protecting Children | Restoring Childhood
Juan prioritizes teaching each child the value of their uniqueness, heritage, and native language. He says being a bilingual advocate who can provide comfortable communication and understanding to their story and the pressures they face is invaluable. “I let them know they are valued, have a lot to offer, and have so many things to be proud of. It is so important to understand and value where you come from before you can be anything else.
This child has opened my heart wide open. He’s become part of who I am.
Dallas CASA Supporter
Wonderful organization doing absolutely fantastic things for the community.
I want to be a stabilizing influence for young men who need that. I tell them I won’t quit on them as long as they don’t quit on me.
Dallas CASA Supporter
Dallas CASA is an amazing organization that helps abused and neglected children all over the Dallas area. Thanks for all the great work y’all do!
Volunteering with Dallas CASA has taught me so much about the child welfare system and has helped me meet so many wonderful people. There is a reason advocates remain advocates for several years – they see a difference in children’s lives. I love hearing advocate testimonies. There are many different ways to get involved and directly or indirectly change a child’s life for the better! To change the world, you have to start with our future generation and CASA gives these kids a chance to be happy, loved, and have every opportunity for success in the future!
I’m proud to be a small part of a major influence to end the cycle of abuse and neglect and ensure every child finds a safe, permanent home in Dallas county. Dallas CASA has opened my eyes and my heart to the needs of those in protective care in Dallas county and I’m humbled to support their mission.
Being a CASA volunteer has expanded horizons for me. It has given me a better understanding of people.