Texarkana, TX – While many children eagerly await candy and cards this Valentine’s Day, children in the child welfare system wait for something much more permanent – a loving home. When children are removed from their homes due to evidence of abuse or neglect and placed in the child welfare system, they are frequently placed far away from their friends and family – forcing many of them to navigate the system on their own without a reliable adult presence to look out for them. Volunteers with CASA for Children strive to find loving homes for these children by guiding them through their time in foster care and speaking up for their best interests in court and other settings. CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) volunteers are everyday people using their voices to improve the life of a child. Each volunteer is specially trained and appointed by a judge to advocate for the best interests of children in foster care. Continue Reading →
The Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) program is seeking adults who are at least 21 years old to act as advocates for children who have been removed from their homes because they have been abused and neglected. With 17 children in foster care in Cass County not being served by a CASA volunteer, the CASA for Children program urges members of the community to consider becoming CASA volunteers. When a child enters foster care because his or her home is no longer safe, a judge appoints a committed volunteer from the CASA for Children program to represent a child’s best interests. The volunteer guides the foster child through the overburdened and complex child protection system with the goal of reaching a safe and permanent home. CASA Volunteers are everyday members of the community doing extraordinary work by choosing to speak up for abused and neglected children in their communities. They are screened and trained, then appointed by the court to advocate for the best interests of a child in the foster care system. Often the CASA volunteer is the one constant in a child’s life while he or she goes through the overburdened system. CASA volunteers work to move children through foster care and into safe, permanent homes as quickly as possible. The work of a CASA volunteer also involves gathering information from everyone involved in a child’s daily life, including family members, foster parents, teachers, doctors and social workers. Continue Reading →
Texarkana, USA-CASA of Texarkana is having their fifth annual Colorful 5K for children and families on Saturday, September 23, 2017 at Trinity Baptist Church on the corner of loop 245 and Trinity Boulevard. This year CASA is delighted to add “Run as Your Favorite Super Hero” to the annual family fun event. The new twist came from the idea that every one of our children needs a Hero, but abused and neglected children need Super Heroes! Join in the excitement and fun of a color powder 5K at Trinity Baptist Church’s cross-country track and come dressed as your favorite Super Hero. There will be an opportunity to get your child’s photo taken with our Super Heroes that are real advocates for abused children. You can register online for the race at www.runsignup.com/casacolorful5k or at www.casatexarkana.org/colorful5K. The day of the event, late registration will begin at 8:00 a.m. A children’s fun run will be at 8:30a.m. (ages 5-12). Continue Reading →
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CASA for Children has a big event coming up next week!
We are raffling off an actual 8’ x 20’ tiny house and will draw for the winner on Thursday, December 1 at our Tiny House, Giant Cause Raffle Party at Hopkins Ice House on Gibson Lane from 5:00pm – 8:00pm.
All proceeds will benefit CASA for Children and our programs, Court Appointed Special Advocates, Texarkana Children’s Advocacy Center and Family Matters. Please help us spread the word about this event and/or the opportunity for people to win CASA’s Tiny Casa. Tickets are only $20 each and available online and at the event December 1st, www.casatexarkana.org/tinyhouse
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