Last weekend CASA of Walker, San Jacinto & Trinity Counties hosted the 2nd Annual Parade of Playhouses featuring imaginative children’s playhouses to benefit abused and neglected children. Generous architects, builders, organizations, corporations and individuals design, build and donate these extraordinary playhouses to be auctioned off to raise funds so that CASA can provide more volunteer advocates to help abused children have safe, permanent homes where they can thrive. This community gathering also featured “Cocoa with CASA” and offered all attendants cocoa, cookies and free photos with Santa.
Markham Realty and other local community Realtors® and businesses participated in the recent fundraiser in Huntsville, TX. The non-profit organization raised $10,050 from the auctioning of these precious playhouses. Great job everyone!
When a child enters the foster care system because his or her home is no longer safe, a judge may appoint a committed volunteer to help them. That volunteer is called a Court Appointed Special Advocate®, or CASA.
CASA volunteers are screened and highly trained and then appointed by judges to represent and advocate for a child’s best interests in the child protection system. CASA volunteers are each assigned to help one child or set of siblings at a time, so they can focus on giving that child or sibling group the individualized advocacy and attention they need. CASA volunteers save taxpayers money and children’s futures by helping children find a safe, permanent homes as soon as possible.
CASA of Walker, San Jacinto & Trinity Counties continues to provide valuable volunteer advocacy for every abused child in this area. CASA volunteers serve as the “eyes and ears” for the judge in child welfare cases. This includes researching each child’s situation and making objective recommendations to help them reclaim their childhoods from abuse and neglect. CASA volunteers are frequently the only stable presence in these children’s lives as they navigate the foster care system.
These volunteers bring three critical qualities to their work: they focus on one case at a time; they bring a unique perspective to the court case; and their sole objective is representing the best interests of the child.
As of December 2018, there are approximately 72 volunteer advocates servicing 165-170 kids in Walker, San Jacinto and Trinity Counties. For additional information, check out the website https://casaofwalkercounty.org/ or Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/casaofwalkercounty/