Community-based care is coming to Dallas, but what exactly does that mean for Dallas CASA volunteers and the child victims of abuse and neglect served by the agency’s volunteers? It's part of "foster care re-design," a change being implemented by the Texas Legislature and means changes for children in care, their placements and Dallas CASA volunteers.
For Ishfaq Ahmad, a faith-based call to love all of God's creation brought him to Dallas CASA. As a Muslim, he also hopes to share with other volunteers how best to serve children in protective care who are Muslim.
For Iris, marching band meant everything. Her band friends saw through the fact she was in foster care to the kind, nurturing girl underneath. Iris' Dallas CASA volunteer Kathryn advocated for Iris to stay in marching band, even through multiple placement changes and a challenging cross-town commute.
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?
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?