Judges appoint Dallas CASA volunteers to advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children, helping these children gain safe, permanent homes as quickly as possible. Dallas CASA exists so that abused and neglected children in protective care have the chance to become successful adults. More than 1,300 volunteers serve more than 3,100 children annually in Dallas County.
CASA volunteers are a source of hope and support for child victims as they wait for the courts to decide where they may safely live. Advocates help children access the services they need to heal from their abuse, and the information and recommendations CASA volunteers provide help to expedite the court process and provide better outcomes for children under the state's protection. CASA volunteers undergo 30 hours of initial training and 12 hours of continuing education each year. Each volunteer advocate works with a CASA staff supervisor, who provides guidance throughout the court process. To learn more about becoming a CASA volunteer, head here to find an upcoming information session.
At their annual Champion of Children Award Dinner, Dallas CASA presents the prestigious Judge Barefoot Sanders Champion of Children Award to recognize community leaders who significantly improve the lives of children in the community, particularly those whose young lives have been marked by abuse, neglect, or other adversity.
Dallas CASA's Voices of Hope giving society recognizes individual donors who make annual gifts of $1,000 or more and corporate, foundation, and organization donors who make annual gifts of $5,000 or more to Dallas CASA, through one-time or recurring gifts. The hope is that this society will help Dallas CASA sustain their ability to serve every abused child who needs them, year after year. Member benefits include recognition in the Dallas CASA annual report, invitations to register early for Dallas CASA educational opportunities with limited seating, and invitations to special annual donor briefings and informal receptions at Dallas CASA.