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CASA of Collin County Awarded $40,000 Grant from ORIX Foundation for

Child Advocacy Program

 

CASA of Collin County has received a generous grant of $40,000.00 from ORIX Foundation in support of our Child Advocacy Program.  Funds will be used for training and supervising of 250 volunteers to advocate for children removed from their homes because of severe abuse, neglect or family violence.

 

For 25 years, CASA has played an essential role in the community, having served over 10,000 children from Collin County in foster care. CASA Volunteers are appointed as the guardian ad litem by District Judges, who rely on CASA’s impartial investigation to provide them with clear, concise information allowing an informed decision on the future of the child. These well trained and dedicated volunteers develop a trusting relationship with the child in order to help them navigate a complicated court system in search of a safe home. CASA serves over 500 vulnerable children every year.

 

“Most people understand that CPS removes children when they suffer serious abuse and their home is unsafe. Few truly realize the difficult and lengthy process these vulnerable children must endure as they search for a loving, stable and permanent home.” said Susan Etheridge, Executive Director of CASA of Collin County.  “The generous funding from The ORIX Foundation will help ensure that every child in Collin County has a CASA Volunteer Advocate looking out for their best interest and doing everything possible to make sure no one neglects or abuses them ever again.”

 

CASA’s impact is best described through the words of one of our advocates, Marilynn, who has advocated for 7 children. She believes the monitoring and friendships advocates provide keep children from getting lost in an overburdened system and ensures their individual needs are met. “These children start out so traumatized, so disadvantaged that they need every helping hand available. I have learned to think of difficult behavior not in terms of “what is wrong with this child” but in terms of “what has happened to this child?” Knowing I have made a significant impact on the life of a child has impacted my life so positively”.  

 

Child abuse and neglect is an ongoing epidemic in our community that has a lasting negative impact on the victims, our society and our economy. At CASA we believe that nothing is impossible and that we are all an essential part of the solution. We are grateful to the ORIX Foundation for their generous support. Together, we are helping break the cycle of abuse and neglect, but we couldn't do it without the support of a caring community.

 

For information on our Child Advocacy Program or how to become a volunteer, please visit www.casaofcollincounty.org.

ABOUT ORIX FOUNDATION

ORIX Foundation is a charitable foundation sponsored and managed by ORIX USA Corporation and its employees to advance education, strengthen communities and improve lives. The foundation awards direct grants to not-for-profit organizations and matches the charitable contributions and fundraising of each ORIX USA employee up to $10,000 each year. Since it was founded in 2009, ORIX Foundation has committed over $10.5 million to nonprofit organizations primarily in ORIX USA’s headquarters region of North Texas. For information, visit www.orixfoundation.org

ABOUT CASA OF COLLIN COUNTY

Established in 1991, CASA of Collin County plays an essential role in the community by training volunteers to advocate for children who have been removed from their homes because of severe abuse, neglect and family violence. Since 1991, CASA has served over 10,000 children under jurisdiction of the Collin County District Courts.  Since 1997, CASA volunteers have been appointed in 100% of cases where children are removed from their homes by CPS in Collin County. Volunteers are appointed as the guardian ad litem by District Judges, who rely on CASA’s impartial investigation to provide them with clear, concise information allowing an informed decision on the future of the child. These well trained and dedicated volunteers develop a trusted relationship with the child in order to help them navigate a complicated court system in search of a safe home. As a result, children with a CASA spend less time in foster care, resulting in a more positive outcome for the child.

 

For more information, contact Lori Geer, Development Director at 972-529-2272 x 103 or email at lgeer@casaofcollincounty.org. If you would like more information on how to become a CASA volunteer, please visit our website at www.casaofcollincounty.org.

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