Duncanville/Lancaster, TX - Barbara Jordan, June Trimble and Charlotte Watson were recently sworn in as Dallas CASA volunteer advocates for abused children
by The Hon. Derrick John Morrison, Dallas County Associate Judge, 305th Juvenile District Court. As CASA volunteers, Ms. Jordan, Ms. Trimble and Ms. Watson will serve as voices for children who have no one else to speak for them.
Dallas CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) is a non-profit organization of volunteers appointed by judges to advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children in the foster care system. CASA trains and supervises volunteers to gather critical information and make recommendations that help judges make crucial decisions about each child’s well-being.
“Dallas CASA volunteers are everyday heroes who give abused and neglected children powerful voices and better chances of finding safe, permanent homes where they can thrive,” Dallas CASA executive director & president, Kathleen M. LaValle said. “It’s an amazing gift to give a child whose only wish is to be safe and loved.”
Amidst an overwhelmed child welfare system, a CASA volunteer often is the only constant person during a frightening and uncertain time in a child’s life. The CASA volunteer will be with one child or one family of children for as long as they are under the protection of the court and help ensure that the children have safe homes with loving families.
“I became a CASA advocate to help the Court in its decision making regarding the custody and care of children taken into foster care. I want to be the voice for the children, to help them return to their families when possible or when not possible, work to find them a safe and loving home,” said Barbara Jordan.
“I decided to become a CASA volunteer because I believe every child should live and grow up in a healthy, loving and safe environment,” said June Trimble.
CASA volunteer advocates spend the time necessary to get to know everyone involved in a child’s life. The volunteers talk to family, teachers, attorneys, caseworkers and doctors so they have a full understanding of the child’s situation. Volunteers also help access the services that these children need to heal from their abuse.
“As an educator for more than 20 years, my passion has always been children. Being able to serve others without expecting anything in return is both fulfilling and satisfying. What makes it even more worthwhile, is that I am now the voice for a young child whose voice may have been silenced or who is too young to have a voice at all,” said Charlotte Watson.
About Dallas CASA:
Established in 1980, Dallas CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) is a nonprofit organization of community volunteers who serve as voices for abused and neglected children in court. CASA volunteers are trained and supervised to advocate for the best interests of children in protective care and to make recommendations that help judges decide what is best for each child. In 2015, 921 volunteers served more than 2,600 abused and neglected Dallas County children to help them find safe, permanent homes. Sadly, only 3 out of 5 abused and neglected children in protective care in Dallas have CASA volunteers to speak for them. To learn more about advocating for abused children, call 469.547.9454 or visit dallascasa.org.
Source: Dallas Morning News
New Dallas CASA volunteers Barbara Jordan, Charlotte Watson and June Trimble.