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The Bailey children, 4, 3 and 2, lived in a filthy apartment with no furniture and rotting food on the floor. Their mother did not meet their most basic needs for food, comfort or protection, and she wasn't concerned that the oldest child, unable to talk at 4, appeared to have significant special needs. Their father was in and out of their lives, changing jobs and moving multiple times. A neighbor finally called Child Protective Services, concerned for the children's welfare and development.


CPS quickly removed the children to the safety of a foster home. READ MORE

Girl Scouts helped deliver the blankets to Dallas CASA offices Dec. 10.

Sleep Experts' Share the Warmth blanket drive brought more than 5,000 blankets to children and caregivers served by Dallas CASA this holiday season.

For the 12th consecutive year, the Share the Warmth drive collected new and gently used blankets, sheets, comforters, towels and pillows for children and families in need during the winter season. Items are donated by the community and collected at 40 Sleep Experts stores. Girl Scouts helped organize and promote the drive.

"For any child living in foster care, the holiday season can be sad and uncertain," said Kathleen LaValle, executive director and president of Dallas CASA. "This gift of warmth and comfort to kids in care is such a precious contribution from our community. It's a beautiful gesture that Sleep Experts chose our children as the beneficiary."
Kathleen LaValle, Jana Clemans and Mark Berg at the 2015 Admin Awards.

Jana Clemans was named the Community Champion Award winner at the Core24 Admin Awards for her work toward the annual success of the Dallas CASA Classic golf tournament.

As assistant to Kerry Scott, vice president of corporate reserves at Pioneer Natural Resources, Jana serves as Pioneer's key coordinator for the invitational golf tournament which last year raised $1.5 million for Dallas CASA. Drawing more than 700 golfers from around the country, the tournament is the largest single-day non-PGA related golf fundraiser in the country. Jana works closely with all stakeholders on the golf tournament and her enthusiasm for the work shows to everyone around her.

"Jana works incredibly hard pulling this amazing golf tournament together year after year," Dallas CASA Director of Finance and Administration Cindy Warner said. "She manages everything with grace, positivity and top-notch organizational skills. What I'm impressed with each year is the way she puts her heart into it. She sees beyond the day to day of the golf tournament into what really matters - the additional kids Dallas CASA can serve because of the funds raised from this tournament. I cannot imagine the Dallas CASA Classic without Jana."
Gifts filled the Dallas CASA lobby during the Angel Tree gift drive.

Each year, the Dallas CASA Angel Tree program provides Christmas gifts for the foster children Dallas CASA serves. Generous corporate, organizational and individual donors fulfill wish lists created by each child.

More than 2,100 gifts were received through the program this holiday season. From bikes to gaming systems, from practical clothes to fanciful dolls, gifts poured in, filling Dallas CASA's lobby with color and joy. Thank you to all those who participated in the 2015 Dallas CASA Angel Tree program.

Andrews Kurth LLP * AT&T * AT&T Pioneers Council * Baylor University Medical Center * Baylor Institute for Rehabilitation * Bowman Engineering & Consulting, Inc. * Brenham Capital * Celanese Corporation * Corrigan Family Holdings * CREST * DFW Nannies * Dolfin Swim School * Ernst & Young * freshbenies * Geoforce * Golden Living * The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. * Granite Properties * Highland Park CASA Club * Hewlett-Packard Young Employee Network * Hoglund Foundation * IIAT Services MGA * Imagine Solutions * JL Turner Legal Association * Kappa Alpha Theta * Klenchuk LLP * Marsh & McLennan Agency LLC * Maverick Capital * McKesson Corporation * ML Gray Partnership * Muncht Hardt Kopf & Harr PC * National Charity League - Dallas * National Charity League - Park Cities * North Dallas Suburban Foundation for Life Development  Northwood Woman's Club * Orange Theory Fitness * Outfront Media * Parmenter Realty Properties * PepsiCo FLNA - Marketing and Finance New Hires * Pinkerton Elementary PTO * Revision Skincare * RSF Partners * Sidley Austin LLP * SMU - Community Engagement & Leadership Center * SMU - Student Foundation * SMU - Women in Law * Speakeasy * State Farm Insurance Companies * SWS Re-Distribution Company, Inc. * Technologent * UCR * UT Dallas - NSSHLA * UT Southwestern - School of Social Work * Wick Phillips * Workday

Martin White has always had a passion for helping people in need. When he retired from his active business career, he found Dallas CASA and now stays more active than ever.
"I've always had a strong passion for helping kids," he said. "They have no say in their lot in life. Most of us are pretty fortunate and I wanted to give back to those who were not so fortunate as me." READ MORE
Join Dallas CASA's Young Professionals for the first ever CASAblanca event 8 to 11 p.m. on Jan. 30. The party will include casino games, food, drinks, prizes and lots of fun.

Attorneys Serving the Community sponsors the Heart & Sole 5K race, benefiting Dallas CASA, at 9 a.m. on Saturday Feb. 13 at Winfrey Point at White Rock Lake.

Dallas CASA's Children's Council hosts the Cherish the Children luncheon 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on April 5 at the Omni Dallas Hotel. This year's honoree is Caroline Rose Hunt. Laura McBride, author of "We Are Called to Rise," will be the guest speaker.

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 protective care in Dallas by 2019.

Upcoming CASA volunteer information sessions:

* 12 to 1 p.m., Jan. 15

* 6 to 7 p.m., Jan. 21

* 12 to 1 p.m., Jan. 29

* 6 to 7 p.m., Feb. 4

* 6 to 7 p.m., Feb. 11

For session schedule and registration, click 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.

CASA and Court Appointed Special Advocates are registered trademarks of the National CASA Association.