Court Appointed Special Advocates of Collin County, Inc.

aka CASA of Collin County   |   McKinney, TX   |  http://www.casaofcollincounty.org

Mission

CASA of Collin County promotes and protects the best interest of children who have been abused or neglected by training volunteer advocates to improve the child’s quality of life and serve as their voice within the court system to ensure they are placed in a safe, permanent and loving home.

Ruling year info

1991

CEO & President

Mrs. Tricia Clifton

Main address

101 E. Davis Street

McKinney, TX 75069 USA

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EIN

75-2391961

NTEE code info

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (W01)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

CASA of Collin County is on the frontline of services for children removed from their homes and placed in child welfare due to abuse and neglect. With a child’s best interests and protection at the forefront, CASA of Collin County is appointed by District Court Judges as the child’s guardian ad litem or volunteer advocate and will remain with them throughout the duration of their time navigating the child welfare system. Volunteer advocates collaborate with legal and child welfare professionals, educators and service providers to ensure that judges have all the information they need to make the most well-informed decision for each child.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

CASA of Collin County

CASA of Collin County promotes and protects the best interest of children who have been abused or neglected by training volunteer advocates to improve the child's quality of life and serve as their voice within the court system to ensure they are placed in a safe, permanent and loving home.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of children served

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth, At-risk youth, Victims and oppressed people

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

CASA of Collin County serves children and youth that have been removed from their homes due to severe abuse and neglect. We are appointed to 100% of child abuse cases in Collin County.

Number of volunteers

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

CASA Volunteer Advocates are everyday citizens appointed by District Court Judges to advocate for the safety and well-being of children who are victims of abuse and neglect.

Hours of volunteer service

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth, At-risk youth, Victims and oppressed people

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

CASA volunteers give an average of 15 to 20 hours per month. They get to know the child and everyone involved—parents and relatives, foster parents, teachers, doctors, attorneys, social workers, etc.

Number of people trained

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

CASA continues to train volunteers to meet the needs of our caseload to ensure 100% of children in our program have a volunteer by their side. Due to COVID-19, in 2020 we did train fewer volunteers.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Our best-interest advocacy is driven by the guiding principle that children grow and develop best with their family of origin, if that can be safely achieved. Most children we work with are in foster care, but some are with their families of origin. And, most children who leave foster care do so to return to their families.
CASA of Collin County works to ensure every child served receives the services and advocacy that is necessary to improve their well-being. Volunteer advocates develop trusting relationships through consistency and aim to keep the child's best interests forefront.

New volunteers undergo a thorough background screening, interview, and 35-hour training and are sworn in as guardian ad litems before a judge. To continue to fulfill our needs and ensure that an advocate is available for 100% of the children entering the child welfare system in Collin County, CASA recruits new and trains dedicated volunteers on an ongoing basis.

Volunteer advocates are required to complete 12 hours of in-service training each year. Advocates are supported by a Volunteer Coordinator who is available each step of the way to offer guidance, support, resources, and expertise. Each CASA is responsible for being the “voice" for that child in court and making sure everything possible is being done to ensure the child receives every needed service. In addition, the CASA ensures the biological family is receiving services so an accurate assessment can be made regarding the safety of returning the child to their home or relatives. The volunteer sees the child face-to-face at least 2 times a month. In addition, he/she maintains contact with every other person involved with the child. This includes biological parents and relatives, CPS workers, foster families, schools, therapists, attorneys, and doctors. The CASA does his/her own investigation of the case to ensure the most accurate and up-to-date information possible.

The CASA Advocate's testimony and observations are of tremendous importance as the judge is ruling on life-changing decisions that must be made for each child as they search for a permanent, safe, and loving home. One Volunteer Advocate and one Volunteer Coordinator remain with the child throughout the entire process, usually lasting a year or longer. Because their CASA advocate follows each child for the length of the entire court case (and often beyond in an informal role), the CASA Advocate is likely the only stable and trusted individual who has remained a constant in the child's life as they encounter changes in foster care placement and changes in CPS Caseworkers.

Most importantly, our program works. Each day CASA Advocates work to break the cycle of abuse and allow for the child to heal and thrive in a safe, permanent and loving home.

CASA's program model leverages the dedication of community volunteers to serve children appointed by the District Court Judges. Hundreds of volunteer advocates are mobilized in the community and around the state.
As a vital thread of service in the fabric of community support for children navigating the child welfare system, CASA of Collin County has longstanding relationships and works closely with public and private partners to ensure the best outcomes for each child.

Since 1991, CASA has served over 12,000 children and since 1997, served 100% of children entering foster care in Collin County. We meet a critical need for the vulnerable population of children-at-risk and our program has a significant and lifelong impact on our clients.
As the child welfare system develops, CASA of Collin County is focused on providing individualized support, training, and resources for each volunteer advocate and child.

Financials

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Operations

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Court Appointed Special Advocates of Collin County, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 11/04/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mrs. Dorothy Foglia


Board co-chair

Mrs. Charmaine Nichols

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Term: 2021 - 2022

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Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Not applicable
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/19/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

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