Ryleah and Her Six Siblings Had Never Eaten Dinner at a Table

When Ryleah and her six younger siblings came into foster care, they expected to eat their meals on the floor. They were used to sleeping in one bed together, and when they were in stores they shoplifted, filling their pockets as they'd learned to do. Their CASA volunteer Linda spent the next year advocating for safe, permanent homes for the children. The children told Linda they loved foster care because they had clean clothes, food and their own beds, but Linda wanted more for the children. She wanted them to know love.

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Friends Celebrate Ten Years of Dallas CASA Volunteer Advocacy

Marian Glass and Stephanie Roberts were neighbors and friends who shared a love for children. As their own children began to leave home, they went through Dallas CASA training and decided to partner on cases. Ten years later, they're still going strong, having worked 11 cases involving 42 children. Marian and Stephanie share their tips on successful advocacy on  Dallas CASA's blog .
Dallas CASA Will Honor Nowitzkis as Champions of Children

Dallas CASA is pleased to share that we'll be honoring Jessica and Dirk Nowitzki with the 2019 Judge Barefoot Sanders Champion of Children Award at our annual dinner Nov. 14 at the Omni Dallas Hotel.  Known most for his storied 21 years with the Dallas Mavericks, Dirk Nowitzki has made supporting children in need a priority since the earliest days of his professional basketball career. His behind-the-scenes personal involvement at Children's Medical Center earned him the nickname "Uncle Dirk," and he's supported the Heroes Special Olympics softball and Heroes Celebrity baseball games as well. Through the family's Dirk Nowitzki Foundation, numerous organizations serving children and families have benefited from the Nowitzkis' generosity. By lifting up children and families impacted by poverty, abuse, neglect and illness, Jessica and Dirk are helping Dallas children find pathways to health and well-being, education and success.  The award is named in honor of Judge Barefoot Sanders, the revered United State District Court judge for the Northern District of Texas, a past award recipient and a steadfast supporter of children. For more information or to buy tickets to the dinner, visit Dallas CASA's website . The deadline for sponsorship for the evening is November 1.  To read more about the evening's speaker Judge Rosemarie Aquilina, visit  My Sweet Charity .
Supporters Rally for Dallas CASA on North Texas Giving Day

Dallas CASA's supporters contributed $83,652 to the children we serve on North Texas Giving Day in 2019. The single day of giving, hosted by Communities Foundation of Texas on September 19, raised a record-breaking $50,192,976 for 2,988 nonprofit agencies through 169,464 donations. In eleven years, North Texas Giving Day has grown into a community-wide effort to support local nonprofits through both funds and time.
Voices for a Cause Benefit Concert Supports Dallas CASA

Voices for a Cause, the benefit concert hosted by Dallas CASA's Young Professionals Sept. 26, drew a record-breaking crowd to The Rustic. The Rich Girls and the Vinyl Countdown bands entertained the crowd with 1980s music. The event was chaired by  Bela Cooley, Elise Nichols and Megan Sterquell and presented by The Hiduke Foundation.  To read more, visit My Sweet Charity or Park Cities People.
Last Call to Join Dallas CASA's 2019 Angel Tree Program

Most children dream of finding special gifts under the tree on Christmas morning. For children in protective care, life is so uncertain and full of change they can't be sure Christmas is coming. But each child with a CASA volunteer can be assured their holiday dreams will come true. Their advocates gather their holiday gift wish lists, along with practical things like clothing and shoe sizes, and submit them to Dallas CASA. Our very generous corporate and organizational partners along with individuals in the community then fulfill these wish lists, checking the lists off one by one. Gifts are dropped off at Dallas CASA's offices, with the help of Children's Council volunteers. As Christmas approaches, advocates retrieve the gifts for their children and deliver the gifts, ensuring every child's holiday wishes really will come true. To learn more about individual donations or to engage your company or organization to become a 2019 Dallas CASA Angel, contact Sharon Balaban by Oct. 30. Dallas CASA also accepts Walmart gift cards for children who have recently come into care or for teenagers who might prefer to shop for them own gifts. Click here to purchase a Walmart gift card. They may be sent to Dallas CASA, 2757 Swiss Avenue, Dallas TX 75204.

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 
F acebook page for photos from our new volunteer swearing-in ceremonies.

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Save the date
February 1

Save the date for Dallas CASA Young Professionals' annual CASAblanca casino night at The Hall on Dragon. All funds raised go to support the children served by Dallas CASA.
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Cherish the Children
April 3

Save the date for Dallas CASA Children's Council Cherish the Children luncheon April 3 at the Omni Dallas. More details coming soon!

noon to 1 p.m. Nov. 1
6 to 7 p.m. Nov. 21
noon to 1 p.m. Nov. 22

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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