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Court Appointed Special Advocates Of Collin County, Inc.

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Nonprofit Issues:

Children & Youth, Crime & Law

Address:

101 E. Davis Street McKinney TX 75069 USA

Mission:

.Our Program In 2012, there were 4,758 cases of child abuse reported to Child Protective Services in Collin County. Of those, 414 children were determined to have suffered abuse or neglect so severe, that they were removed from their homes and placed in foster care. Unfortunately, the system that is supposed to protect children isn't always equipped to ensure that their basic needs and rights are protected. There is a simple and effective solution: A CASA Volunteer. CASA stands for Court Appointed Special Advocate. A CASA is a trained advocate who provides a consistent, strong and clear voice for abused and neglected children as they navigate a complicated legal system. CASA often serves as the only stable, trusted adult in their lives as children encounter the changing dynamics of the foster care system. What We Do Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Collin County advocates for the best interest of children in foster care. Since 1994, we have served 100% of the abused and neglected children removed from their homes in Collin County. Within 24 hours of the removal, CASA is appointed by District Court Judges as the child’s guardian ad litem. As the child’s official voice in court, CASA works tirelessly to make sure the child (and parents) receives the services needed and the child’s case moves through the system as quickly as possible. The goal is for each child to be reunited with family if appropriate or to be placed in a safe and loving forever home if reunification is not possible. How We Do It CASA volunteers are everyday citizens appointed by judges to advocate for the safety and well-being of children who have been removed from their homes. One CASA Volunteer Advocate and one casework supervisor remains on each foster child’s case during the long and complicated process in search of a safe and loving forever home. Besides visiting face-to-face with each at least twice a month, CASA advocates obtain first hand information from all parties involved in the child’s life and provide independent testimony in court. A child who has a CASA volunteer by their side receives more services, moves through the system more quickly and has a better chance of a successful outcome, than a child without a CASA. Why We Do It Simply put, all children deserve safe and loving homes. As our community grows and the number of abused children continues to grow, our goal is to ensure a CASA will be available to represent 100% of the abused and neglected children in our community. Our Mission CASA of Collin County promotes and protects the best interests of children who have been abused or neglected by training volunteer advocates to improve the child’s quality of life and serves as their voice within the court system to ensure they are placed in a safe, permanent and loving home. Our Vision All children deserve a safe and loving forever home, free from abuse or neglect. CASA of Collin County is committed to providing well-trained Volunteer Advocate

Target demographics:

abused children

Direct beneficiaries per year:

414 abused chidren

Geographic areas served:

Collin County

Programs:

CASA volunteers are everyday citizens appointed by judges to advocate for the safety and well-being of children who have been removed from their homes. One CASA Volunteer Advocate and one casework supervisor remains on each foster child’s case during the long and complicated process in search of a safe and loving forever home. Besides visiting face-to-face with each at least twice a month, CASA advocates obtain first hand information from all parties involved in the child’s life and provide independent testimony in court. A child who has a CASA volunteer by their side receives more services, moves through the system more quickly and has a better chance of a successful outcome, than a child without a CASA.

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