Cor Appointed Special Advocates of Harrison County, TexasKids having fun

 

“All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”

Edmund Burke 

 

Healing 100 Hearts

CASA makes all the difference in their world.

Each year, local judges appoint CASA volunteers to represent the best interests of about 100 children in Harrison, Marion and Panola counties who have been removed from their homes due to abuse or neglect. But we give them much more than just a voice in court. In many cases we give them the closest thing to a normal childhood they have ever known.

A safe home

CASA kids in foster care come from homes torn apart by marital disputes, alcoholism, drug addiction, criminal activity, mental disorders and more. We work with the courts and Family Protective Services to help families resolve the issues contributing to abuse and neglect. If those efforts fail, we facilitate adoption or other appropriate permanent solutions.

A normal life

In addition to mentoring and counseling, CASA also gives kids some of the things that kids normally get from caring parents. Like clothing, birthday, graduation and holiday gifts, prom dresses, and money for driver’s education. Things that help erase shame, and enhance self-esteem.

“A child is waiting.”
Vernia Calhoun, CASA Advocate

“CASA volunteers are ‘the voice in court’ for children who are victims of neglect as well as physical, sexual and emotional abuse. It’s not just about feeling good when a child smiles. It’s hard work, struggling with ripped families and children in clouds of pain, anger dancing ’round their hearts in the turmoil of a world made crazy.”

“Our goal is to get each child in a safe home, a permanent home, as quickly as possible. If you want to be a hero in a child’s life, CASA is the place to be. It’s about caring, yes, but most importantly it’s about what is just.”