Each year, thousands of reports are made to Child Protective Services in Dallas County. In 2015 alone, 23,981 reports were made, and of those, 5,847 children were victims of abuse or neglect.
Dallas CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) is focused on pairing children with volunteers who serve for the best of those children.
“I said, 'You know what? I’m from Dallas, and it sounds like there’s children in need in my community,'” said Chris Hollingsworth. He told WFAA's Sonia Azad he learned about Dallas CASA watching a story on Channel 8 several years ago, and that’s when he decided to volunteer.
Hollingsworth recently closed a case in which three children were adopted by their grandparents. The entire extended family — including aunts and uncles — rallied around the children to help create a positive new environment.
“Children in foster care need someone to rely on and trust to do what they actually say they’re going to do,” said Beth Glasgow, a supervisor for CASA volunteers like Hollingsworth. She said he has gone above and beyond at connecting with children to demonstrate what it means to be reliable and dependable.
Volunteers with Dallas CASA don’t need to be attorneys to represent a child’s best interest in court proceedings. The organization offers training before volunteers are paired with a child along with ongoing training to stay up-to-date on the court process and proceedings about foster care, placement, and adoption.
How can you help?
- Volunteer as a Court Appointed Special Advocate for abused children
- Donate to Dallas CASA to help train and support more volunteer advocates
- Join Dallas CASA Children’s Council or Young Professionals
- Let friends, family and colleagues know about Dallas CASA
Visit dallascasa.org to learn more, or to register for a volunteer information session.