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June 12, 2013

Celebrate your father by giving to the ‘A Dollar for CASA’ campaign

Thirteen-year-old Chandler Jackson of Boy Scout Troop 76 thought raising money to help abused and neglected children is a good idea, so he went to work for the “A Dollar for CASA” campaign.

Chandler recently interviewed CASA of Palo Pinto and Parker Counties’ program director to achieve a Citizenship in the Community Merit Badge as part of the task for Chandler to earn a Life rank within the Boy Scouts.

“I explained CASA, a non-profit organization, to Chandler,” said Frances Wampler, program director for CASA of Palo Pinto and Parker Counties. “He learned that CASA stands for Court Appointed Special Advocates, and CASA volunteers advocate for abused and neglected children.”

Learning more about CASA and what the CASA volunteers do, Chandler gained more appreciation for good fathers, like his dad Scott Jackson.

“This Father’s Day, we can all celebrate the special things about our dads do and the commitment and sacrifices they make by giving to the local CASA organization’s fundraising campaign,” said Wampler.

“A Dollar for CASA” fundraising campaign provides a great way for everyone in Palo Pinto and Parker counties to contribute in support of CASA and the work CASA volunteers do for the abused and neglected children in the two counties. 

When a child is removed from their home and placed in the state’s care because of evidence of abuse and neglect, the judges in Palo Pinto and Parker counties appoint a CASA volunteer to speak up for a child’s best interest. The court-appointed special advocate is a trained volunteer who devotes time and energy to learn everything about the child’s situation and report that information to the judge. Often the CASA volunteer is the stability a child needs during this often frightful time.

“CASA volunteers become a role model because they often are the one constant in a child’s life while he or she is in the foster care system,” said Barb Tucker, executive director for CASA of Palo Pinto and Parker Counties. “Volunteers can help break the cycle of abuse from one generation to another, and even model what a good mother looks like.”

CASA of Palo Pinto and Parker Counties is a non-profit organization operating under the guidance of Texas CASA and the national CASA programs.

For information about donating to the “A Dollar for CASA” campaign, or information about becoming a CASA volunteer, visit online www.casapalopintoparker.org or call 940-325-1096 (Palo Pinto County, Mineral Wells) or 817-599-6224 (Parker County, Weatherford).

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