CASA

Less than a month after securing a conviction of the mother of the battered child known as Baby Faith, prosecutors Pat Knauth and Randi King were back in Criminal District Court in Beaumont preparing for the trial of Darrell Mason, who was 17 when his child by his cousin Christine Johnson was born. 

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Shane Johns, Robert Sepulvado, Kristi Charrier, Nikki Jones and Johnny Trahan

Local foster children had some summer fun recently thanks to a donation from the Kiwanis Club of Orange. The group donated $550 to CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) for a summer celebration that included waterslides, a bounce house, and food. Kiwanians were also on hand to help cook hot dogs and links and serve refreshments.

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Judge Kent Walston builds a playhouse for CASA in his workshop.

“Every child needs a hero, but abused children need a superhero,” said Christy Heisner, resource development coordinator for CASA – Court Appointed Special Advocates of Southeast Texas, Inc.

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Judge Randy Shelton swears in new advocates Misty Arnaud, Carol Hammonds, Mathew

Court Appointed Special Advocates of Southeast Texas (CASA) welcomed eight new volunteers this month.

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American Legion Post 49 in Orange will host the second Semi-Annual Adult Tricycle Races at the Legion Hall in downtown Orange on Saturday, July 18.

“Christmas in July” is the theme for the races, which will benefit Court Appointed Special Advocates for children. CASA is the voice of the abused and neglected children who get caught up in our court system. Twenty-five “off road” tricycles will be donated for foster children after they provide fun and entertainment at the Legion tournament.

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Eleanor Johnson, executive director of CASA of Southeast Texas
Bob and Karen Wortham, and Teri and Glen Morgan

CASA of Southeast Texas has been serving the abused and neglected children of Jefferson County for more than 20 years — speaking up for them when no one else would and ensuring that they are placed in safe and, when appropriate, permanent homes.

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Looking for that special Valentine Day’s treat this year? Advocates for Children Inc., “A CASA Program,” in Orange has just the ticket, literally, for a wonderful night out for your special someone or someones.

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Photo by Brandi Haskett

Like Dorothy and Toto, children in state care yearn to find a loving home after being lost for so long, and on Nov. 21 nearly 30 children followed the yellow brick road to a wonderful wizard, who granted their wish.

On National Adoption Day, Judge Randy Shelton of the 279th District Court and his cast of workers and volunteers made these children’s dreams come true, just in time for the holidays.

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Some Beaumont Independent School District students and Lamar University algebra students are making Christmas merrier for children in foster care this year by collecting toys and donations for CASA’s annual toy drive.

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CASA of Southeast Texas is gearing up for another year of advocacy for children suffering from a life of neglect and abuse.
With dwindling funding comes an increased need for Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs) and the money it takes to guide neglected children through the maze of Texas’ foster care system, especially since every neglected or abused child in Jefferson County is assigned an advocate from CASA of Southeast Texas.

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