The Voice | September 2022
Aaron Needed Help at School
Five-year-old Aaron loved school, but due to neglect he was behind academically, socially and emotionally. Together, his CASA volunteer, teachers, therapists, foster parents and others came together to try to get Aaron the support he needed to thrive in the classroom.

Back to School Means Back to Educational Advocacy
Educational advocacy can mean a lot of different things for the children served by Dallas CASA. One child might need reading support while another would benefit from classroom accommodations, but where do you start?

Dallas CASA's recently promoted program director Nicole Bienusa offers tips for advocates serving children as they return to school this fall.

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Join Dallas CASA for Big D Reads '22
Join Dallas CASA for Big D Reads '22, a project to bring the city together for conversations about Jim Schutze's recently re-published book "The Accommodation - The Politics of Race in am American City." Schutze, a former reporter for the Dallas Times Herald and The Dallas Observer, and now a columnist with D Magazine, recounts the history of race and racism in Dallas from slavery through the city’s desegregation efforts in the 1950s and ‘60s.

Dallas CASA is hosting one of the Big D Reads conversations, and all Dallas CASA supporters are invited. Dallas CASA CEO will interview the author and moderate a discussion with a panel of community leaders at 6 p.m. Wednesday, September 28 via Zoom. Free copies of the book are available at Dallas CASA while supplies last. Click below to register and receive a Zoom link for the event.

Dallas' Plot Twist Lends Support to Dallas CASA Mission Statement
When Dallas CASA looked to update it’s messaging, reaching out to longtime board member Dave Kroencke and his Plot Twist Creativity team made total sense. “Dave’s long history as a Dallas CASA board member provided the perfect background to contribute to a new messaging campaign. We are so grateful to Dave and his Plot Twist Creativity team who generated and provided expert input and feedback for options for Dallas CASA’s messaging campaign.”

The new mission message: Protecting Children | Restoring Childhood says it all. Protecting children from revictimization is key. Dallas CASA volunteers also make that caring connection to be sure children are not limited or defined by their time in foster care. 
Champion of Children Brings Cory Morrow for a Dinner and Concert
Champion of Children will return to The Rustic on October 27 with an outdoor dinner and concert featuring Texas country musician Cory Morrow. All proceeds from the event support children living in the protective care of the state.

The evening’s featured performer, singer-songwriter Cory Morrow, based in Austin, is part of the “Texas Country” or “Red Dirt” music scene. Morrow’s most well-known songs include “Lonesome,” “21 Days” and “Lead Me On.” For more information on tickets or sponsorships for this fun event, contact Megan Dion.
Angel Tree Giving at Dallas CASA
Each year, Dallas CASA seeks to fulfill the holiday wishes of children living in the protective care of the state through Angel Tree giving. Corporations, organizations and individuals can participate with Angel Tree in several different ways - purchasing gifts, donating gift cards or making contributions to the Angel Tree program. For more information, contact Sharon Balaban.

Dallas CASA 2021 Impact Report
In 2021, more than 1,500 Dallas CASA volunteers served the best interests of children in pending child welfare court cases, representing the highest annual count in the agency's history. Last year also marked the third consecutive year that Dallas CASA maintained the capacity to accept 100% of the court appointments for foster children in Dallas County.

To learn more about 2021 at Dallas CASA, please review our Annual Impact Report.

Dallas CASA in the News
Dallas CASA President and CEO Kathleen LaValle wrote an Op-Ed for The Dallas Morning News about recent changes in child welfare.
North Texas Giving Day
North Texas Giving Day is coming to Dallas September 22. Donate to Dallas CASA on this one special day, and your gift is amplified!
Become a Volunteer
Attend a virtual information session:
  • noon to 1 p.m., Friday, Sept. 9
  • 6 to 7 p.m., Thurs., Sept. 15