August, 2016 Newsletter
Adopted Foster Teen Gives Back

Gabby Hall was recently adopted in to a forever home in Collin County. She was seventeen, about to age out of care, when she was adopted. After her adoption was finalized she decided that she wanted to give back to other children in foster care. Gabby set up a GoFund me account in hopes of raising money to donate back to CASA. She raised her goal of $1,000.00 in six short days. 

Read Gabby's story  here!





 
Being a CASA will most likely stir new levels of
emotions in you. Your heart will probably break
for the child whose father is fatally shot. You might
be angry when her mother does not show up for a
scheduled visit. You might even be frustrated when
you sit in an important meeting listening to people discuss who should have custody of her and why. However, you might feel loved when the child looks at you in the eyes and thanks you for things. You might feel infinitely proud when they are adopted by a loving family or are reunified with their biological family. There are a lot of different emotions that you may feel throughout the duration of a case. However, one thing is for sure, it will all be worth it. You will probably learn hat love thrives in all places, not just for "picture-perfect" families.


CASAs are ordinary citizens, who do extraordinary things. They listen closely to their case children and then speak up when it matters most - in the courtroom, in the classroom and community. And in the process, a child's life is changed forever. With just 10-15 hours a month as a CASA, you can create a brighter future for a foster child. No prior experience is necessary - CASA of Collin County will provide all the training you need. Call (972)-529-2272 X117 to learn more.  Click here to download our volunteer application.
Party with a Purpose

Stephanie Doughty has held a party to benefit CASA of Collin County for four consecutive years. We look forward to her event every year. Recently we asked Stephanie, "why CASA?" and this was her response, "I drove past a CASA billboard outside of Wichita Falls back in 2004 or 2005, so I researched it online to learn more about it. I wanted to donate my time, but was not able to do so with time constraints with work. I turned 40 in 2012 so I decided to host a big bash to celebrate. I wanted to have fun, but also wanted to make it about something. I invited friends and acquaintances and they bought tickets with all the proceeds going to CASA. I decided to host another, less formal, event again in 2014 and have made it an annual event ever since. I just save up money throughout the year to then fund the event and have all the ticket sales go to CASA. Many folks donate extra during the event because they see it as a great cause. I am blessed by God in many ways, so I want to see if I can pass some of those blessings on where I can." 

The event that Stephanie hosts is an incredible example of thinking out of the box in regards to donating. There are many ways to donate to CASA outside of becoming a Volunteer Advocate. 

  • Inviting CASA staff to present a program to your community or civic group, recruiting volunteers, requesting a donation, etc.
  • Hanging CASA posters in your community
  • Organizing a fundraiser or contacting businesses for in-kind donations such as food, prizes in connection with a special event or for volunteer recognition, office supplies, etc.
  • Recruiting volunteers: public speaking, staffing tables at events, talking to friends
  • Getting CASA information out in your workplace via e-newsletter, posters, brochures, etc.
  • Serving on a special events committee

Donate Your Jury Pay to CASA
CASA of Collin County appears on the county courts list as a local charitable organization to whom jurors may elect to donate their jury duty pay.

If you serve as a juror, please look for our name and consider donating to CASA. 

Thank you County Judges, Commissioners and Administrators in Collin County.

Shout Hooray for Gotcha Day!

Izzie is the precious little blonde girl with the pink bow in the photo below. She was adopted in July by the Holley family. Izzie's story is one of  tremendous neglect and abandonment.  The Holley's are an amazing family who stuck with Izzie through every trial and took her back when the only relative placement option that was available gave Izzie back to CPS after less than two days. The Holley's have five boys and have always wanted a girl. Izzie is now reigning as the queen of the house!  Anne Bradstreet, Izzie's CASA Volunteer pictured on the right, walked with the Holley family through the entire adoption process. Izzie will now be able to experience what it is like to have a normal family life and know what it is like to feel wanted, protected and loved! 

Say hello to our newest staff member!
Lacey Dembicki is CASA's new Volunteer Recruiting and Training Coordinator. She attended Baylor University where she attained a Bachelors and Masters degree in Social Work, with a concentration in Children and Families. After graduation, she moved to College Station where she worked at Voices for Children, the CASA program of the Brazos Valley. She started there as a CASA Supervisor and then became the Program Coordinator for the pilot mentoring program for current and former foster youth ages 16 to 25. She is so excited about the opportunity to be a gatekeeper and equipper of CASA volunteers through this position!

Join our staff and board in welcoming Lacey to CASA!

Save the Date for a Beneficiary Event

What: Costumes & Cocktails for CASA
When: October 29th, 2016 7pm-10pm
Where: WIndsong Ranch in Prosper
Why: This is a Gift Giving Party to benefit Silent and Live Auctions for the CASA Gala April 22, 2017





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