CASA

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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After suffering a childhood of neglect and abuse, many children funneled through the maze of Texas’ foster care system have few options. In a down economy, children often suffer the most. Their parents are sometimes too poor or not equipped to raise a child in a manner the state sees fit.

The numbers of such children are on the rise in Jefferson and Orange counties, up from more than 200 in 2007 to 358 as of November of this year.

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CASA of Southeast Texas invited the community to participate in its first annual Superhero 5K and Kid’s Fun Run Saturday, October 13 out at Parkdale Mall. The CASA Superhero 5K was presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas, Controlled Fluids Incorporated, Beaumont Bone and Joint Institute, and Suzanne and Don Maloney.

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