Dallas CASA

A nonprofit organization

$30 raised by 1 donor

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$100,000 Goal

About Dallas CASA

CASA was founded in 1977, when a Seattle superior court judge, amidst an overwhelmed child welfare system, grew concerned about making decisions on behalf of abused and neglected children in his court without enough information. He felt that more individualized attention and time for gathering important facts would produce better outcomes for the children. He decided to appoint community volunteers to work on behalf of the children in his court.

Dallas CASA was one of three pilot programs established in 1979. The agency, then called FOCAS (Foster Child Advocate Services), was founded by the National Council of Jewish Women with funding from the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation. Our first class of volunteers graduated in 1980.

Judges appoint Dallas CASA volunteers to advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children, helping these children gain safe, permanent homes as quickly as possible. Dallas CASA exists so that abused and neglected children in protective care have the chance to become successful adults. With the help of caring advocates, the cycle of abuse and neglect will be broken.

While Dallas CASA envisions a day when all children experience safe and enriching childhoods, the agency currently provides a child advocate for every Dallas child in need. In 2023, 1,240 Dallas CASA volunteers were assigned to advocate for 2,151 children in protective care. Since the inception of CASA advocacy, Dallas volunteers have helped thousands of children find safe, permanent homes. Today, more than 76,000 advocates serve in nearly 1,000 state and local program offices nationwide.

Mission

Dallas CASA volunteer advocates protect children, restore childhood and help child victims of abuse and neglect achieve their full potential.

Needs

Dallas CASA needs more community volunteers to advocate for abused and neglected children in foster care.

Equity Statement

We believe in equality of opportunity and see strength in representing - in our staff, volunteers and board - a diversity of race, color, ethnicity, national origin, age, religion, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, disabilities, protected veteran status, other applicable legally protected characteristics and experiences. We believe in an inclusive culture where every voice matters and each team member feels a sense of belonging.

Organization Data

Summary

Organization name

Dallas CASA

Tax id (EIN)

75-1866204

Guidestar

Causes

Community Improvement, Human Rights, Civil Rights & Advocacy, Youth & Children

Operating Budget

$3,000,000 - $9,999,999

Counties Served

Dallas

BIPOC Serving

Black or African American, Asian/Pacific Islander, Hispanic or Latinx, Native American, Other

BIPOC Leadership

Board Chair

Equity Statement

Equity Statement

Address

2757 Swiss Avenue
Dallas, TX 75204

Phone

214-827-8961

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