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September 15, 2013

CASA volunteers ‘work’ hard for their children

One administrative office to serve duo-county CASA program


On Aug. 9, the CASA of Palo Pinto and Parker County’s board of directors, with approval from Texas CASA, voted to combine the two CASA offices – a savings of about $50,000 annually for the local non-profit organization.

“We found that the office in Mineral Wells did not have much volunteer traffic,” said Tucker. “However, when needed, we meet with a CASA volunteer at the Chamber of Commerce office in Mineral Wells. The old office may be closed, but CASA staff’s desire to continue to be of service to the volunteers – and the children they serve – is wide open.”

Barbara Stagner, who was sworn in as a Palo Pinto County CASA volunteer in March 2011, agrees.

“The physical location of the office is relatively unimportant. What is important is that we continue serving the children.

“So much of the information we receive from the Parker/Palo Pinto offices is sent via email,” she added. “Likewise, we (volunteers) email our court reports and case hours to the CASA office. Our supervisor and office staff is just a phone call away.”

The CASA of Palo Pinto and Parker Counties’ office in Mineral Wells closed on Aug. 31. The two employees who worked in the Mineral Wells office now work in the Weatherford office.

“By having one CASA office, we have streamlined operations and feel we can better serve our volunteers,” Tucker added. “When a volunteer or anyone calls for a staff member, there will be no guessing which office they are in that day. Plus, there is no running back-and-forth for case records and administrative paperwork.”

Stagner agrees that combining the two CASA offices will result in better organization and cost savings. “… (In 2012) we faced closure of the Palo Pinto County CASA office, but had 70-plus abused and neglected children in Palo Pinto County who needed our help. We had to find a way to continue serving those kids so we accepted Parker County’s offer to merge our organization with their organization.

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