Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins and Commissioner Elba Garcia debut CASA PSA for abused and neglected children

Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins and Commissioner Elba Garcia debut CASA PSA for abused and neglected children

DALLAS, Nov. 14, 2011 – Dallas County Commissioner Elba Garcia and County Judge Clay Jenkins are calling for Dallas County employees to help abused and neglected children by becoming CASA volunteers. The two have recently filmed a public service announcement for use on the county’s Web site and in the local media. The PSA debuted at the Nov. 15 meeting of the Commissioners Court.

Every child deserves to grow up in a safe home. Sadly, on any given day in Dallas County, more than 2,000 abused and neglected children remain in foster care because it isn’t safe for them to go home. These children need powerful voices to speak for them. When these children can’t speak for themselves, CASA can. Yet, less than half of the children who need a CASA voice in court have one.

Since 1980, Dallas CASA volunteers have made a lasting difference in the lives of thousands of abused children by giving them powerful voices in court. CASA volunteers learn everything they can about a child and gather information that allows them to make recommendations to judges about where each child can live safely and permanently. A CASA volunteer can make an immediate and critical impact on the life of a child.

In 2010, nearly 500 Dallas CASA volunteers served more than 1,300 children in protective care. Sadly, there are still more than 1,000 children everyday who are waiting for a CASA voice in court. Garcia and Jenkins are asking for more volunteers to stand up for the county’s most vulnerable children and, in particular, are hoping to recruit more bilingual Spanish-speaking volunteers.

About Dallas CASA:

Established in 1979, Dallas CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) is a nonprofit organization of community volunteers who serve as voices in court for abused and neglected children.  CASA volunteers are trained and supervised to advocate for the best interests of children in protective care and to make recommendations that help judges decide what is best for each child. Dallas CASA relies on funding from the private sector to achieve its mission.

To learn more about advocating for abused children, call 214-827-8961 or visit www.dallascasa.org.