Prioritizing the health and safety of children, volunteers and staff, Dallas CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) recently suspended face-to-face child visits, but Dallas CASA’s committed volunteers are staying in close contact with the children they serve in a variety of ways.
Over the past five years, Amanda Paredes has worked six Dallas CASA cases involving eight children, most of whom came into care speaking Spanish. Raised speaking both English and Spanish at home, Amanda says making connections through shared language and culture with the children she serves has been critical for them.
Edgar spent six years in foster care, beginning when he was just five years old. Moved from home to home, assigned to different caseworkers and changing schools constantly, Edgar was assigned a Dallas CASA volunteer when he was 11 years old. Could his volunteer help find Edgar a permanent, loving home?
Jace, Zaria, Frank and Inez were in three different foster homes, feeling frightened and alone. Their mother was struggling to stay sober and attend counseling without transportation. What they all wanted most was to be home together for the holidays. With CASA’s support, the children’s mother found a way forward. But would it be enough for reunification?