We may be sheltering in place, but the critical work of Dallas CASA volunteer advocates continues. Visits and court hearings are occurring virtually, and the children we serve know we are still here for them as they struggle through unsettling times.

Volunteers like Hannah Pearson are at the heart of our program's success. Hannah, a 23-year-old nurse, volunteered to serve on the COVID-19 floor at Parkland Memorial Hospital. But she didn't forget about the two young boys she serves as an advocate. Before her overnight shift one day, she dropped carefully sanitized Easter baskets on the boys' front porch and returned to her car to watch the boys' delight from afar. Read more about Hannah here.
Our focus remains on the most vulnerable children in our community. Families are stressed and safety nets are strained. Unfortunately, when social distancing rules are relaxed and children return to schools, daycares and camps, we expect an increase in the number of reports of abuse or neglect, and children coming into the protective care of the state. We pivoted quickly in March to online training of new volunteers so that every child will have that one caring, constant adult by his or her side. We are proud that since the beginning of social distancing, we've sworn in  50 volunteers to serve as child advocates. With your support, we can make the lives of Dallas children better.

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