Dallas has been a certified CASA with our program since April 2014. She has been serving her first and only CASA case since May 2014. Dallas is a very understanding, open-minded, and non-judgmental CASA. She creates an environment where her CASA children feel comfortable talking about what occurred in their home as well what they want their life to look like in the future. Dallas is also very honest, and when her older CASA kids, act the way teenagers tend to act, she if very upfront with them on how their actions and words affect all aspects of their lives. Dallas has taken on a very difficult case for her first CASA case, and she has never backed down from the many challenges that have come with this case.
Dallas has done a great deal of facilitation and advocacy work. There was a time where one of the parents was refusing to give the older youths their clothes and belongings, things very important to teenagers! Dallas advocated through her court report and in her communication with parents and the foster care agency to ensure the children got their belongings. Another time one of the older youth needed some orthodontic work completed, but the medical office was no long willing to work with the parent due to strange behaviors. Dallas stepped up and became the point person for the medical office to contact and coordinated the necessary appointments for the child to get the appropriate dental care. Dallas also maintains contact with all children’s school/teachers, and helped one of the older youth in his goal to become enlisted in the Armed Forces. Dallas maintains constant communication between the foster home, foster care service provider, and the children. There have, at times, been communication issues between some parties, and Dallas has been able to help calm those situations.
Dallas has been a fantastic addition to our CASA team. She has a great deal of enthusiasm for the work she does whether that be in her direct contact with her CASA kids, her support in speaking to new trainees, or her volunteer work at the CAC. Dallas, like many of our CASAs, has her own family, work, and life outside of CASA, but continues to make her volunteer work with our agency a priority.