Susan Etheridge, the executive director of CASA of Collin County, announced that CASA of Collin County is the recipient of a grant award from The Texas Bar Foundation in the amount of $7,500 to help fund CASA’s Diligent Recruitment Program.
“CASA is fortunate to have received this generous donation from The Texas Bar Foundation” shares Susan Etheridge. “The generous support will specifically support a CASA program called Diligent Recruitment, designed to help find permanent care for children who have remained in foster care for a long period of time and run the risk of “aging out” of the system. Specially trained volunteers work to meet the unique needs of these children and help remove the barriers to permanency in order to reduce their time in care, and help them achieve a permanent connection to supportive adults.”
“CASA of Collin County is an agency that focuses on our most vulnerable citizens, abused and neglected children”, shares Cheryl Vaughan, CASA board president. “The support of the Texas Bar Foundation is a great example how the legal community is lending their support to vulnerable young citizens, our children.”
Over the past 22 years, CASA of Collin County has advocated for over 7,750 abused and neglected children under jurisdiction of the Collin County Courts. Over 200 well trained volunteer advocates work under close supervision of CASA Program Staff to ensure the District court judges have an independent assessment of the child’s individual needs as they make important decisions about the child’s future. Studies have show that a child with a CASA spend less time in foster care and are more likely to find a permanent home than a child without a CASA. Extensive volunteer training pre-service and in- service training is an important component for CASA volunteers who are often the only stable, consistent adult in the life of a child in foster care. The grant funds will enhance volunteer training efforts for CASA.
Story submitted by Jamie Stafford