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Court Appointed Special Advocates Of Collin County

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Article by Tricia Clifton and Amanda Gaumer

Photography by CASA and Kristin Jewell

Originally published in Celina Lifestyle

Advocating for a Safer Tomorrow: The Importance of Child Abuse Prevention and the Vital Role of CASA

Child abuse is a persistent and tragic issue that can have devastating and long-lasting effects on the physical, emotional and psychological well-being of a child. Court Appointed Special Advocates of Collin County, or CASA, is a local nonprofit agency that plays a pivotal role in preventing child abuse and ensuring the safety and welfare of our youngest community members by training and supporting court appointed volunteer advocates to provide powerful, best-interest advocacy and meaningful connections for children impacted by abuse, abandonment and neglect.

CASA volunteers are specially trained to meet the unique needs of children who have entered the child welfare system at no fault of their own. Appointed by judges as the Guardian ad Litem, CASA volunteers protect the best interests of their assigned children in court and in collaboration with the myriad of professionals working on the case. A CASA volunteer ensures
their assigned children's well-being remains paramount.

Unlike often overtaxed caseworkers, volunteer advocates typically work with one child at a time. This allows CASA volunteers to provide each child with the individualized attention they need and deserve. By forming personal connections with these children, CASA volunteers can better understand their specific needs and make the best recommendations to the court for appropriate services, interventions and placements.

CASA's commitment to serving these vulnerable children extends beyond the courtroom, as volunteers often become trusted mentors and positive role models in their lives. CASA of Collin County has been a beacon of hope for children impacted by abuse and neglect with unduplicated advocacy for over 30 years.

Sierra (4 years old) and Casey (6 years old) entered the child welfare system after their biological mother passed away and their father was struggling with substance abuse. Sierra and Casey were placed with a relative to ensure their safety. During this time, their father would attend supervised visits under the influence, failed weekly drug tests and was not completing courses ordered by the court. The girls and their family were losing hope until Linda, a CASA volunteer, was assigned to their case. Linda developed a trustful bond and became someone the girls could confide in. She was a resource and support for their family, and eventually their father. She became a light in the girls’ lives when they felt all hope was lost.

The court granted Sierra and Casey’s dad the opportunity to turn his life around. Through the support of his daughters, his family, and CASA volunteer, Linda, he was motivated to maintain his sobriety, hold a job, and was able to fight for his family. After continued success, dad reunited with Sierra and Casey, and mended family relationships that were once strained and broken. CASA volunteer, Linda, remains a family friend.

Child abuse prevention is a collective responsibility that requires the active participation of individuals, communities and organizations. CASA of Collin County needs your support to continue making a positive impact in our community: learn more about becoming a volunteer advocate, make a tax-deductible donation or volunteer your time in other single events, by yourself or with a group.

For over 30 years, CASA of Collin County has provided unduplicated court-appointed advocacy for children removed from their homes and placed into the child welfare system due to abuse and neglect. Court Appointed Special Advocates is a national association in the United States that supports and promotes court-appointed advocates for abused or neglected children. CASA are volunteers from the community who complete training that has been provided by the state or local CASA office.

For more information about CASA of Collin County and to donate today, please visit

CASA's commitment to serving these vulnerable children extends beyond the courtroom.