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Child Abuse and Neglect Statistics

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National child abuse statistics are alarming and difficult to accept. ‘How can this happen in our country, in our state, and in my community?’ you ask. Children are our most valuable resource, yet in too many instances, children fall victim to abuse and neglect—and in the most disturbing circumstances—may die at the hands of their… Read more »

Foster Care Examined and Simplified

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In this country, hundreds of thousands of children are in the foster care system, which means that many are living without permanent homes and families.  About one-third of these children are eligible for adoption but will wait an average of more than three years before being adopted.  Some will be separated from their brothers and… Read more »

Supreme Court of Texas Permanent Judicial Commission for Children, Youth and Families

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The Supreme Court of Texas Permanent Judicial Commission for Children, Youth, and Families was created November 20, 2007.  In 2010, when the founder of the Commission, Justice Harriet O’Neill, retired from the Supreme Court, Justice Eva Guzman, Supreme Court of Texas, was appointed. This executive-level assembly is led by judges developing and coordinating efforts to… Read more »

Hispanic Children Make up 33% of Foster Care Population in Texas

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Hispanic/Latino children make up over one-third of the state’s foster care population, although they comprise only 22% of Texas’ overall child population. These children are suddenly taken from their homes because of maltreatment, and, in many instances, thrust into a new foster home environment that is completely dissimilar to the community they are accustomed to…. Read more »

Extending Cultural Familiarity to a Child in Need of Love and Security

Many children in foster care in our county are in desperate need of help and understanding. When a child enters the foster care system because his or her home is no longer safe, a judge appoints a committed volunteer to advocate for the child in court and other settings. That kind and caring person is… Read more »

CASA Needs Bilingual Volunteers

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Do you have room in your heart to help a child in dire need of a safe and loving family?  You can be one of the only constant, familiar adults in a foster child’s life, and you will be his or her staunchest ally and advocate. Who are we?  CASA. Court Appointed Special Advocates.  CASA… Read more »

Myths and Facts About Foster Care Adoption

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There are many misconceptions among potential parents regarding adopting a child from foster care. The truth in most instances is quite different from initial views and opinions. Examining some of these misconceptions should help to alleviate questions and concerns. One of our challenges is getting this information out to a wider audience. Once you have… Read more »

Hispanic Children in the Child Welfare System Need a Sense of Community

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Growing up, most of us are taught that it is polite and correct to help others, including family members, neighbors and community members in need. In the Hispanic society, family or group needs take precedence over the needs of the individual. Latinos tend to be highly group-focused. Emphasis is placed primarily on family as the… Read more »

We Can’t Prevent Child Abuse…Yet…But We Can Do Something About It

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Every day in this country, 1,900 CHILDREN are victims of abuse or neglect. Four of them will die. How can you do something to help? Become a CASA Volunteer. What is a CASA? It stands for “Court Appointed Special Advocate”. What does it take to become a CASA Advocate? First and foremost, CASA volunteers need… Read more »

A Story of a Mother’s Love…

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My cousin Martha died this morning. Here’s the thing. A couple of days ago, Martha’s mom—my aunt—learned that she was in the hospital in Florida. Aunt Mary Lou is 83, has always been a bit on the ditzy side, doesn’t own a credit card, hasn’t driven in years, and regularly gets lost in Walgreens. My… Read more »