Edgar Spent 6 Years in Foster Care

Edgar spent six years in foster care, beginning when he was just five years old. Moved from home to home, assigned to different caseworkers and changing schools constantly, Edgar's first break came when he was 11 years old and was assigned a Dallas CASA volunteer. Could his volunteer help find Edgar a permanent, loving home?  Read more on Dallas CASA's blog .
Bilingual Dallas CASA Volunteer Finds Common Ground

Amanda Paredes was looking for a way to give back. She'd tried serving meals or passing out water bottles, but she was ready for a deeper, more lasting connection and found Dallas CASA. Over the past five years, she has worked six cases involving eight children, most of whom came into care speaking Spanish. Raised speaking both English and Spanish at home, Amanda says making connections through shared language and culture with the children she serves has been critical. Read more at Dallas CASA's blog.
Young Professionals' CASAblanca Casino Party Draws a Crowd

More than 400 of Dallas' young professionals gathered at The Hall on Dragon Feb. 1 for Dallas CASA's 5th annual CASAblanca.  The evening featured casino games, a live band and a room full of people committed to fighting child abuse. Hosted by Dallas CASA's Young Professionals group, CASAblanca raised funds to support child victims of abuse and neglect living in foster care because they weren't safe at home.  The black tie event was chaired by Bela Cooley, Megan Sterquell and Elise Nichols (pictured) and presented by The Hiduke Foundation. To see more, visit CultureMap Dallas. To get involved with Dallas CASA Young Professionals, visit here.
Comerica Bank Prom Dress Drive Benefits Dallas CASA

Your dress could make a teen's prom dream come true. Now through Feb. 29, Comerica Bank is collecting gently used and clean formal dresses for teenagers served by Dallas CASA and Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas to wear to prom. All sizes, shoes, purses and accessories are welcome, and formal wear for boys is also accepted. Items will be collected at six area Comerica bank locations. For a list of locations accepting dresses and other donations though Feb. 29, visit here. To read more, visit CultureMap Dallas or My Sweet Charity.
Dallas CASA to Honor Former Executive Director and President Beverly Levy

Dallas CASA will honor retired executive director and president Beverly Levy with the Caroline Rose Hunt Cherish the Children Award at the agency's annual award luncheon.  The Cherish the Children luncheon is Friday, April 3 at the Omni Dallas Hotel and is hosted by Dallas CASA Children's Council.

Retired since 2014, Beverly led Dallas CASA for more than half of its 40-year history, bringing her unique blend of care and nurturing, relationship-building and relentless cheerleading to the role.  Beverly valued children above all else, and that legacy lives on at Dallas CASA today. Dallas CASA will thank her for putting the children of Dallas County first and for positioning Dallas CASA and the agency's remarkable volunteers at the forefront of child welfare. Dallas CASA is currently forming the host committee for the event. If you'd like to participate , please email Michelle Mai.

Luncheon co-chairs are Leigh Danley and Leslie Wayne. Guest speaker will be Liz Murray, author of Breaking Night: A Memoir of Forgiveness, Survival, and My Journey From Homeless to Harvard. Murray transformed her own life of despair into one of remarkable strength, determination and hard-won success. Today a mother, wife and college graduate, Murray speaks powerfully about the impact of having advocates in the lives of vulnerable children.  For more information, visit My Sweet Charity or Park Cities People .
Dallas CASA Launches Training to Fight Child Sex Trafficking

Dallas CASA debuted a new program to train community volunteers to advocate on behalf of trafficked and exploited children, a growing threat to the safety of children and teenagers, particularly those in foster care.  The first-of-its kind pilot program, co-created by Dallas CASA and California-based Saving Innocence, educates volunteers to recognize signs of trafficking victims as well as perpetrators. Advocates learn about safety planning, trauma, recruitment, victim manipulation and many other challenging issues, allowing them to better support and protect high risk and trafficked youth. The digital content of the training program is being made available to all 72 CASA programs in Texas.
"The particular children we serve are at an exceptionally higher risk of being victimized by commercial sexual exploitation," said Kathleen LaValle, president and CEO of Dallas CASA. "More than a set of procedures or instructions, this course is a tool box for our volunteer advocates. They can use these tools to provide the highest level of care and support to our community's most vulnerable children. The effort to combat human trafficking of the youth we serve begins with educating and equipping our volunteers."

To learn more, watch the segment on Fox 4 News, this Texas CASA video or visit My Sweet Charity.
Dallas CASA Welcomes
New Board of Directors Chair

Dallas CASA welcomes Corey Anthony as the new chairman of the agency's board of directors.

A Grand Prairie resident, Anthony is senior vice president for human resources and chief diversity officer at AT&T. Not only does Anthony serve on Dallas CASA's board of directors, he is a volunteer advocate for Dallas CASA. Anthony and his wife Priscilla Anthony, also a CASA volunteer advocate, work together and are assigned to cases of child victims of abuse and neglect living in foster care. He also serves on the board of Junior Achievement of Dallas.

Cynt Marshall, CEO of the Dallas Mavericks, will serve as vice chair and chair-elect. New members of the board include Jamal Carty, Margaret Cervin, Beth Cholerton and Megan Sterquell, To see all members of Dallas CASA's award-winning board of directors, visit our website.
New Dallas CASA Volunteers

Dallas CASA welcomes volunteers who have completed 30 hours of training and courtroom observations and are ready to begin serving abused and neglected children in need. Click here to read the names of the newest volunteers.

Thank you to everyone who serves abused and neglected children! Check out Dallas CASA's Facebook page for photos from our new volunteer swearing-in ceremonies.

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Save the date
Saturday October 3

Mark your calendars to celebrate Dallas CASA's 40th anniversary Saturday Oct. 3 with a special event at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center. More details coming soon!
Champion of Children Award Dinner

Read more about Dallas CASA's 2019 Champion of Children Award Dinner at My Sweet Charity. The event honored Jessica and Dirk Nowitzki.
6 to 7 p.m. Feb. 27
noon to 1 p.m. March 6
6 to 7 p.m. March 12

Please invite friends and colleagues to attend an upcoming  information session  to learn more about becoming a Dallas CASA volunteer. We have day and evening  classes  for volunteer training.

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