Dallas’ Doswell Foundation has awarded Dallas CASA four years of funding, totaling $584,931, to create a post-case mentoring pilot program.
As part of Dallas CASA’s new strategic plan, which aims to expand the agency’s impact in ways that match the most critical needs of children and families, the agency is launching a post-case mentoring program with staff support for advocates to mentor youth and young adults after their legal case has ended and they leave the child welfare system.
The program initially aims to support youth aging out of foster care. When a youth ages out of foster care, the formal relationship with their Dallas CASA volunteer ends, too. These young adults face increased risks of homelessness, unemployment, incarceration, human trafficking and many other challenges as they move into independent adulthood without support. More information on the program will be available in coming months.