Dallas CASA President and CEO Kathleen LaValle shares her thoughts on a recent study of CASA programs and permanency outcomes for children.
Marian Glass and Stephanie Roberts were neighbors and friends who shared a love for children. As their own children began to leave home, they went through Dallas CASA training and decided to partner on cases. Ten years later, they’re still going strong, having worked 11 cases involving 42 children. Marian and Stephanie share their tips on successful advocacy on Dallas CASA’s blog.
When Ryleah and her six younger siblings came into foster care, they expected to eat their meals on the floor. They were used to sleeping in one bed together, and when they were in stores they shoplifted, filling their pockets as they’d learned to do. Their CASA volunteer Linda spent the next year advocating for safe, permanent homes for the children. The children told Linda they loved foster care because they had clean clothes, food and their own beds, but Linda wanted more for the children. She wanted them to know love.
Dallas CASA volunteer Mark Barbaree recently went the extra mile – or miles – for a teenager he’s advocating for. The child was on runaway status from a foster home, and Mark traveled to East Texas and spent hours looking for the teenager. For Mark, this was all in a day’s work.