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From his birth, baby Tobias lived with his abuela.


His drug-addicted parents lived in the home as well, but his grandmoher was the caregiver who fed him, changed his diapers, sang him lullabies and rocked him to sleep.


All that came to a sudden halt when his grandmother had to travel to Mexico to visit relatives, leaving his parents to care for him for one weekend. One weekend to parent. One weekend to feed, clothe and keep their child safe.

And in that one weekend, they were referred to Child Protective Services after neglecting Tobias while using drugs. Tobias was removed from the home. READ MORE.

Dallas architect Bob Borson reviews playhouse designs at his home.

Dallas CASA first asked Bob Borson to design and build a playhouse for Parade of Playhouses in 2009. 

He didn't have to be asked again.

Since 2009, the Dallas architect has designed and built nine playhouses. The challenge has so captured his imagination, he now runs an international playhouse design competition for architects and design enthusiasts on his website, Life of an ArchitectREAD MORE

Dallas CASA advocate Sydney flew to Houston to visit her child.

When advocate Sydney's CASA child was moved suddenly to Houston, she was afraid the relationship - and her ability to advocate for the teen - might stall out.


But with the help of Angel Flight, things got up and flying. Angel Flight South Central, the Dallas chapter of a national organization providing humanitarian air travel, agreed to connect Sydney with her child via a private plane flight from Dallas to Houston.


"I didn't get a chance to see her before she moved, to even say goodbye," Sydney said. "It had been three months since we last laid eyes on one another, and I wouldn't have easily been able to see her and attend an important meeting without Angel Flight." READ MORE

The April/May 2015 training class with Judge Andrea Martin at their swearing-in May 20.


Congratulations to the individuals who completed the CASA training class in May, allowing them to give voices to children in need.


This group will soon be assigned to cases involving children who have been removed from their homes due to abuse or neglect.They will serve as voices for children during a frightening, uncertain time, making a critical impact in their lives.


Connie Buckmaster * Mike Byrd * Lyndsey Campbell
Claudia Cortez * Nicole Davis * Gigi Eleyet * Nancy Evans * Peggy Evans 
Ardo Fuentes * Myrna Gomez * Laurie Harris * Kristian Hernandez 
Joniqua Howard * Julie Johnson * Nick Kuntz * Tara Mehundrew * Kanesia Mitchell Anna Priester * Debby Smith * Evan Spencer * Kenneth Wherry



Resounding Harmony gave a preview concert performance at the Cherish the Children luncheon.

Resounding Harmony, Dallas' premier community philanthropic chorus, will present a benefit concert for Dallas CASA at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, June 27 at Dallas City Performance Hall, 2520 Flora Street. The concert, entitled "Through the Eyes of a Child," will raise funds for Dallas CASA. Gloria Campos, longtime anchor at WFAA and former host of Wednesday's Child, will serve as the evening's masters of ceremonies. True to its mission of "give where you live," the 100-voice Resounding Harmony chorus has raised more than $200,000 for local charities in the last seven years. Tickets are $21.50 to $46.50 and are available HERE


The 20th anniversary Parade of Playhouses, presented by Crest Cadillac / Crest Infiniti, ORIX Foundation and FD House, will be open July 10 to 26 at NorthPark Center. Sixteen playhouses will be on display and raffle tickets to win a playhouse can be purchased online or in person.


For more information, visit HERE.


Please join Dallas CASA at The Closing Party from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday, July 23 at PIRCH at NorthPark Center. Help us launch the closing phase of Abused Children Can't Wait - The Campaign for Dallas CASA and celebrate the final days of the 20th annual Parade of Playhouses.


For more information and to purchase tickets, visit HERE.


Dallas CASA supervisor Judy Maloney tells us what makes her volunteer, Amie Plunk, so special.



"She walks the walk and talks the talk," Judy said. "She truly goes the extra mile in everything she does."

Click HERE to read more about Amie.


Advocates, working hard to find a way to connect with your preschool or elementary-aged child? Try GoNoodle for some fun and interactive "brain breaks" to get active with your child.


Spread the word about Dallas CASA to help abused and neglected children. Tell your friends, family and colleagues how they can become volunteer advocates and help us achieve our goal of serving every child in Dallas by 2019.

Upcoming CASA volunteer information sessions: 

* 6 to 7 p.m., June 25

* 6 to 7 p.m., July 2

* 12 to 1 p.m, July 17

* 12 to 1 p.m, July 31

For session schedule and registration, visit HERE.


When kids can't speak for themselves, CASA can.

On an average day in Dallas County, more than 2,000 abused and neglected children live in foster care because they cannot live safely at home. These children need powerful voices to speak for them. Dallas CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) is a non-profit organization of volunteers who are voices for abused children in court. CASA volunteers are appointed by judges to advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children in protective care.

Sadly, Dallas CASA can only serve about half of the children who need CASA volunteers. You can help. A child is waiting for your voice.

To learn more about helping abused children, please visit Dallas CASA.

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