CASA Receives Generous Grant



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Court-Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) for Kids of East Texas recently received a $20,000 grant from the Texas Bar Foundation to implement volunteer recruitment.

“These funds will be used to increase our volunteer recruitment,” Patty Garner, CASA for Kids of East Texas executive director, said. “As of today, we need 32 more volunteers in Smith County, 15 more in Wood County and at least 20 more in Van Zandt County. The number of cases increases every day.”

Satellite offices were recently opened in Wood and Van Zandt counties. The Wood County CASA Office is located at First United Methodist Church, Ministry Center, 612 N. Newsom St. in Mineola and accepts volunteer applications on Mondays and Tuesdays. The Van Zandt County CASA Office is located at First United Methodist Church, 600 South Buffalo Street in Canton, accepting volunteer applications on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Last year, 14 CASA for Kids of East Texas volunteer advocates spoke for 60 abused and neglected children in Wood County. In Van Zandt County last year, 13 CASA for Kids of East Texas volunteer advocates spoke for 83 abused and neglected children. There are currently 70 volunteers in Smith County who are working with 246 children.

“A very serious concern for all citizens and community partners should be why child abuse continues to escalate and what can be done to slow down this life-threatening trend,” Garner said. “CASA for Kids of East Texas, as endorsed by the 321st District Court, is an important component in the proactive solution of breaking the cycle of child abuse.”

The CASA office phone number is 903.597.7725 and more information is available at CasaForKidsofEastTexas.org.

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