CASA of the Coastal Bend
Advocating for Children in Nueces, Aransas and San Patricio Counties
Emily’s Dragon is an 8-minute film from the point of view of Emily, a child who has been removed from her home and placed in foster care. The film tells an emotional story of how a CASA volunteer can make a difference during a critical point in a child’s life.
There were 7,475 alleged victims of child abuse or neglect across the coastal bend. 1,760 of those cases were confirmed.
1,116 of those children entered foster care. Up from 2015's 741, This equates to about 45 classrooms.
Only 324 of those children are currently being served by CASA volunteers. That leaves 792 children waiting for you.
Every child has a chance- it's you.
Nobody longs for a safe and loving family more than a child in foster care. As a CASA, you are empowered by the courts to help make this dream a reality.
The first step to becoming a CASA volunteer is to attend a 45-minute information session to hear about the roles and responsibilities of a CASA. Get all your questions answered in a commitment free session at the CASA office.
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When I first met John he was 12 years old and had just entered foster care. He and his four siblings had been homeless. He and his twin took turns taking care of the two youngest so that each could go to school every other day.
While in state care, John was moved 15 times in two years. A child used to no rules was forced into strange houses, three hospitals, emergency care facilities and residential treatment centers in five different cities.
John watched as his siblings found permanent homes: An aunt took custody of his older brother and twin sister, but not him.......
The 2017 Coastal Bend Day of giving raised over $32,000 in online donations and over $17,000 in matched donations.
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