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April, 2016
CASA of Collin County Newsletter
 


"There's no place like home, there's no place like home..." The magic words that Dorothy whispered are a fitting theme for the 16th Annual Voice for Children Gala, "There's No Place Like Home" to be held on Saturday, April 16, 2016, at the beautiful InterContinental Hotel Dallas. Follow the yellow brick road to the magical Land of Oz for a memorable and elegant evening benefiting CASA of Collin County, an organization that provides advocacy services for hundreds of abused and neglected children removed from unsafe homes in Collin County.Arrive early and try your luck in the casino or shop for unique treasures during our silent auction. You won't want to miss the excitement as we celebrate the beauty of the Land  of Oz while enjoying fine dining, live music and an exciting live auction. Along with highlighting the life changing work at CASA, the inspirational message will show how your support changes young lives for the better. Finally, end the evening with a little late-night fun out on the dance floor or revisit the casino for another chance to try your luck. 

By supporting CASA, you are making a significant impact in the fight against child abuse in our community. Together we can help ensure that every child in Collin County knows the joy of a safe and forever HOME. 


 
BE HOPE. SHARE HOPE. GIVE HOPE. 

THRIVING & STRIVING IN HIS FOREVER HOME 
HIS CASA NEVER GAVE UP
 

Hayden (the precious little boy in the photo) officially became part of the Wells family in 2014. Ever since he has been with the Wells he has been thriving and striving in almost every aspect. The Wells family attributes so much of their adoption story to their amazing CASA Amanda Phipps. CASA's impact spans way past the final court date. CASA's make a lasting impact and difference in the lives of children.  Here is what adoptive mother, Mary Wells has to say about Hayden's CASA.

"Not all volunteers are created equal. Amanda Phipps is an individual who rises above all expectations. We first met Amanda in March 2013 when our son, Hayden, came into our home as a foster placement. She visited our home regularly, invested in Hayden's biological mother, and attended weekly visitation meetings. During this process she went through surgery for cancer - but not once during this did she stop being active as our CASA worker and advocate. The courts had scheduled Hayden to return to his biological mother and overnight visits had begun. Even though Amanda was still recovering from surgery she asked the court if they could collect one more hair sample. Hayden's biological mother did not comply to this request. Three months later Hayden's biological mother asked us to adopt him. In June of 2014, Hayden became our son forever. Without Amanda's insight, who knows how this little guys' life would of turned out."

 
BECOME A CASA 
APRIL TRAINING 

In order to continue to serve EVERY child removed from unsafe homes in Collin County we
 need ordinary people like you that are willing to do extraordinary things for the well being of children in our  local community. If you are interested in becoming a CASA contact Debbi Williams at 972-529-2272 extension 117 or at dwilliams@casaofcollincounty.org. We have new training dates starting on Saturday April, 30th, 2016.

CASA MAKES A DIFFERENCE
  •  Children with a CASA are more likely to be placed in a safe, permanent home and are significantly less likely to re-enter the foster care system than a child without a CASA
  •  Children with a CASA receive more help and services while in the system. 
  • Children with a CASA spend an average of eight months less in foster care and are less likely to be bounced from foster home to foster home. 
  • Children with a CASA do better in school, pass more courses, have better conduct and are more likely to stay in school. 
  • Collin County District Court Judges agree with CASA's recommendations over 98% of the time.

    "Nothing is more rewarding than seeing a child placed in a safe and loving home. Being a CASA has enriched my life beyond all expectations." - CASA Volunteer Advocate 
Texas CASA  Recruitment Initiative

 
VOLUNTEER SPOTLIGHT
MARGIE ROZELLE

CASA advocate, Margie Rozelle, is Kaylee's CASA. Kaylee reached out to CASA all by herself to tell us how amazing Margie has been. Kaylee informed us that she received the greatest belated Christmas present of all time. She told us that Margie made her a huge quilt for her. The quilt has her name stitched onto it and patterns that remind Margie of Kaylee. Kaylee reached out to us because she "wanted to show how truly amazing having my CASA is". It is stories like these and people like Margie that make us so incredibly thankful for all of our wonderful volunteers. We could not do what we do without volunteers that go above and beyond like Margie Rozelle.
 
The handmade quilt that Margie Rozelle made
 
HIP HIP HOORAY FOR ADOPTION DAY
WEDNESDAY'S CHILD ADOPTION
 
Moffatt family of Collin County officially adopted Michael after seeing him on Wednesday's Child. His CASA, Roger Carver, and his wife, Becky Carver, who is a CASA helping hand worked long and hard for this adoption. Roger really felt that everything, even some of the perceived roadblocks, contributed to this wonderful outcome. One voice really does make a difference. All children deserve a safe and loving forever home, free from abuse and neglect. Thankfully, Michael, now is in his forever home. 


Becky Carver, Michael Moffatt, Roger Carver
  
 
GO BLUE 
APRIL IS CHILD ABUSE PREVENTION MONTH

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. This month and throughout the year, CASA of Collin County encourages all individuals and organizations to play a role in making Collin County a better place for children and families. By ensuring that parents have the knowledge, skills, and resources they need to care for their children, we can help prevent child abuse and neglect by making meaningful connections with children, youth and families in our communities. Everyone has a role to play in preventing child abuse. From supporting a stressed parent to participating in an April event in Collin County to becoming a CASA volunteer.

Wear blue throughout the month in support of child abuse victims!



 
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