Amarillo Area Court Appointed Special Advocates (AACASA) advocates for children of abuse or neglect through the efforts of trained volunteers who are appointed by the court. The goal is to ensure the children a safe, permanent environment. This past year we have helped approximately 445 children right here in the Texas Panhandle gain this security.
In a local CASA advocate’s words, “…the most thrilling part of this journey has been watching three wonderful children grow and thrive and stop being afraid to go to sleep. Every time I see them, they smile and laugh and ask when I will be back. After working with these children for nearly ten months, this sweet nearly seven year old boy said, “I love you Tammy” and made every single minute worthwhile. I was looking for a way to help children and they ended up helping me.”
The CASA solution to injustice to children begins with a single volunteer. This volunteer is a court appointed special advocate, a “CASA volunteer.” Each person is trained to know what is in a child’s best interest and how to best get those interests met by the system. In other words, CASA volunteers serve as the voices for many children whom are often not heard. This solution cannot begin without the financial support of individuals such as yourself.
You, as a member of our community, may not see the eyes of hurt following the rescue or the precious smile when a child begins to ‘trust’ again. You may not attend court as the judge makes life-changing decisions based upon facts gathered by a CASA and other parties. However, you as a member of our community, become the major life-line as a child’s tears of abuse change to tears of joy because of funding in support of volunteers who make certain Amarillo Area CASA’s children needs are met.
We respect that your donation dollars can be limited, yet it takes so little to fulfill the wishes of an abused child. When asked what he wanted for his birthday, one CASA kid simply said, "A real birthday card." A teen's only request was for basic hygiene items: deodorant and body wash. The humble things we take for granted genuinely make a difference to those who have so little. We are grateful for contributions of any amount, and our hope is that your support is given in confidence that CASA will always act in the best interest of our children.
Thank you so much for your consideration of a tax deductible gift to the abused and neglected children CASA serves.
Sincerely and with best wishes,
Anna Belle Kritser II Foundation
Amarillo Area Foundation
Josephine Anderson Trust
Bank of America Foundation
Baptist Community Service
CNS Pantex Community Investment
WH & ME Cobb Charitable Trust
AAF Women's Philanthropy Fund
CJ & Syble Fowlston Trust
Gilliland Family Foundation
Golden Spread Electric Cooperative
High Plains Christian Ministries
The Frances Maddox Foundation
The Oeschger Family Foundation
Waite & Genevieve Phillips Foundation
Laura Viola Scott Trust
Texas Instruments Foundation
Dr. Kent and Mrs. Ilene Roberts Balliett Foundation
The Ware Foundation
Wells Fargo Foundation