Dallas CASA Receives $75,000 Grant to Recruit More Advocates for Abused & Neglected Children

Dallas CASA was recently awarded a $75,000 grant from Jewelers for Children (JFC), the charitable arm of the jewelry industry, as part of a $450,000 grant that JFC made to the National Court Appointed Special Advocate Association.

This grant will allow Dallas CASA to recruit and train more volunteers to advocate for more children – bringing the program closer to its goal of providing a voice for every abused and neglected child in foster care in Dallas County.

“This grant from Jewelers for Children will help us recruit and train volunteers to serve more than 40 abused and neglected children,” said Kathleen LaValle, Executive Director and President of Dallas CASA. “We are grateful that the jewelers and our local supporters are focused on helping our most vulnerable children.”

L to R: Dallas CASA Executive Director & President Kathleen LaValle, National CASA CEO Tara Perry, and Jewelers for Children Board Chair Pamela Mortensen.

More than 4,300 children were in the Dallas County foster care system last year. Dallas CASA volunteers were able to serve three out of every four of these children, but the program is always seeking more dedicated members of the Dallas community so that one day every child can have a dedicated advocate to speak up for their best interests.

Jewelers for Children – composed of jewelry retailers, manufacturers, watch companies and trade associations – is the largest private supporter of the National CASA Association, supporting the network’s nationwide volunteer advocacy efforts since 2003. Over the past 15 years, JFC has provided 35 grants to CASA programs throughout Texas, for a total of $728,000. This has made it possible for programs to train more than 2,700 new volunteers, who have served more than 8,900 children in the Texas child welfare system.

“Our board has always been focused on charities that primarily benefit children in need and the National CASA Association is a perfect fit for our support,” said David Rocha, the Executive Director of Jewelers for Children. “CASA excels at helping the most vulnerable children in communities around the country during a very trying time in their young lives.”

Congratulations to Dallas CASA, and thank you to Jewelers for Children for your longtime support of the CASA movement!