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Every year, there are thousands of confirmed victims of child abuse and neglect in Tarrant County. These children have experienced terrible trauma, and their lives are turned upside down. Due to too few foster homes, siblings are often split up into different places. Children are rarely able to stay in their own schools, day cares, or communities. Everything they have known is gone.
Through no fault of their own, these vulnerable children have become a part of an overburdened child welfare system. They deserve a voice in the courtroom. They need a CASA volunteer! CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) of Tarrant County is an organization of volunteer advocates who stand up on behalf of abused and neglected children because they want them to have a future brighter, more hopeful than their past.
Two-year-old Mya was born prematurely and spent the first two months of her life in the NICU. She suffered brain damage, severe infections, and the threat of blindness before her first birthday. When she entered foster care at 13-months-old, Mya was unable to walk, speak or eat on her own. Her extensive medical needs required nearly full-time care. In the span of six months, she had been placed in three different foster homes.
That’s where CASA came in. Elizabeth was a court-appointed Advocate whose singular goal was to make a recommendation to the judge as to the best place for Mya to live. Elizabeth worked tirelessly with Mya’s case workers, attorney, medical team, and foster parents to ensure all of her medical needs were met. She was the one consistent adult during that traumatic time. Elizabeth ultimately recommended to the court that Mya be adopted, and was thrilled to learn that Jenny and Matt Jennings would be Mya’s forever family.
Jenny said, “Elizabeth gave me hope for better days to come.” At Mya’s adoption, her new parents officially changed her name to Mya Elizabeth, in honor of her CASA volunteer. Elizabeth now knows, “that Mya changed my life.”
P.S. With regular medical treatment, Mya is thriving. Her parents proudly report she can now walk without assistance, say a few words, and sign to communicate!
YOU CAN HELP CHANGE THE LIFE OF A CHILD
I'm really excited to let you know that we're a part of the Macy's Shop for a Cause Charity Challenge. It's a fundraising campaign launched by Macy's where local charities across the country compete to raise the most money with the top teams winning grand prize cash donations.
It starts on July 11th and a total of $300,000 will be given away to organizations in the Challenge. We're ready to raise as much money as we can so we can win the $100,000 grand prize donation. These donations will help to support our over 350 volunteers with quality leadership, training and resources so these children from hard places can realize the lives they deserve.
SPEAK UP FOR A CHILD!
Visit CASA of Tarrant County at http://www.speakupforachild.org/
Follow us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/CASATarrantCounty/
and on Twitter at https://twitter.com/CASAofTarrantCo
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