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This is a year in his life.

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Table of Contents

This is Michael.

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Letter from the President

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CASA Volunteer Tackles Tough Cases

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Hitting The Road for CASA

10 CASA Volunteers: Voices in Court for Children,

Voices of Reason for Judges

12 CASA Volunteer Unites A Family 14 Financials

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14-day Show Cause Hearing The Judge hears CPS present evidence that Michael is not safe in his home. His parents, still in jail, attend the hearing. Present are The Judge, CPS Attorney, CPS Caseworker Alyssa, Parents, Parents’ Attorney, Michael’s Attorney Ad Litem Frank.

17 CASA Supporters 20 CASA Programs Across Texas 23 Texas CASA Board Members The Judge

CPS Attorney

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Parents’ Attorney

Michael’s Attorney Frank

When a child enters the foster care system because his or her home is no longer safe, a judge may appoint a committed volunteer called a Court Appointed Special Advocate® or CASA to help them. The volunteer’s focus is on that child, giving hope and help in guiding the child to a safe, permanent home. CASA volunteers are screened and trained, then appointed by judges to advocate for one foster child or set of siblings. CASA volunteers research case records and speak to everyone involved in a child’s life, including family members, teachers, doctors, lawyers, social workers and others. Their independent assessments and advocacy help judges make better decisions in foster care cases.

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Michael is taken to a shelter and meets Emergency Shelter Worker Sheila.

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CPS tries to find family members who will take care of Michael, but are unsuccessful.

He has to go to a new school.

Shelter Worker Sheila

Michael

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The Judge awards Temporary Managing Conservatorship of Michael to CPS and placement in foster care.

Letter from the President The year 2011 was a time of growth, challenges and transitions. Texas CASA’s vision of having a CASA volunteer for every child who needs one continues to drive all that we do.

The Judge also appoints a CASA Volunteer for Michael.

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Thanks to the hard work and extraordinary dedication of volunteers, staff and boards of the 69 local programs that make up the CASA community in Texas, more than 22,000 children in the foster care system had voices in court. We saw a 6.7 percent growth in volunteers, with 7,046 men and women who spoke up for the best interests of children in care. The growth in the number of children in care – 45,929 in the fiscal year ending Aug. 31, 2011 – continues to be a challenge as the number of children being removed from unsafe homes outpaces our growth in volunteers. Texas CASA provides tools and services to support local CASA programs’ efforts to recruit, train and retain volunteers. We are committed to ensuring the voices of children – the victims – are heard throughout the child welfare and judicial systems. As you will see throughout the pages of this annual report, the difference a CASA volunteer makes in the life of a child is immeasurable. We appreciate your thoughtful investment in the CASA cause to see that children like Michael, Bailey, Derrick, Ashley, Tiffany and Lilliana don’t go through foster care alone. Every child needs to be treated like they truly have value. Dedicated CASA volunteers and staff put thousands of miles on their cars and spend countless hours meeting with the children, their biological and foster families, therapists, doctors, teachers and coaches to see that the children get the services they need. They speak up so that children – and in some instances, families – begin the healing process. You will read how valued CASA volunteers’ recommendations are when judges have to make difficult decisions that affect the futures of children who end up in foster care through no fault of their own. One challenge for the year was funding. As our state joined the rest of the nation in this difficult recession, we saw funds at the state and federal levels that support victims’ assistance programs like CASA placed on the chopping block.

Michael is taken to a foster home by CPS Caseworker Alyssa.

CPS Caseworker Alyssa

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Texas CASA Board President Debbie Ferguson (left) and Texas CASA CEO Vicki Spriggs

He is enrolled in a new school and attends a new church. He takes some new clothes from the shelter and his GI Joe from home.

Thanks to an incredible show of advocacy by CASA volunteers, board members and staff in the Texas Capitol, Texas CASA was able to secure an additional $4 million for FY 2012 and FY 2013 to support CASA programs as they recruit, train and support more CASA volunteers to serve more children. Advocacy efforts with our state legislators

CASA Roy meets Michael for the first time.

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At the federal level, funds for National CASA were cut 63 percent for FY 2012. That will directly impact state organizations like Texas CASA, as well as many local CASA programs that received funds from National CASA. As we look ahead, we are deeply concerned about proposed and certain cuts that will significantly hamper our collective efforts to move children from foster care to safe, permanent homes as quickly as possible. Last year also brought the announcement that Texas CASA’s fourth Chief Executive Officer, Joe Gagen, was retiring after five years of exceptional leadership. Though we knew that his shoes would be tough to fill, the Texas CASA Board of Directors found another exceptional leader – Vicki Spriggs. Vicki brings both energy and vision that we are confident will drive Texas CASA’s vision of serving every child in care. As the state association for the 69 local CASA programs, Texas CASA continues to explore ways to partner with the CASA community through training, technical support and funding to ensure that all children get the highest quality of advocacy possible. Texas CASA also remains committed to partnering with local CASA programs and other stakeholders in the child protection arena to improve services so that children are protected and not further traumatized. We are excited about the opportunities in our future. We value your trust in CASA and the difficult – yet rewarding – work that CASA programs and volunteers do every day. On behalf of the children served, thank you for your trust and support so that we can tell children like Michael that they are important and wanted and loved.

Debbie Ferguson Board President

Michael visits Therapist Denise.

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also helped protect funds allocated for Child Protective Services for services and resources for families and children. Advocates were also instrumental in seeing legislation passed that will improve the foster care system.

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CASA Volunteer Tackles Tough Cases Jan Brown has become a bit of a medical expert after nearly seven years as a volunteer for Child Advocates San Antonio.

Brown’s selflessness in advocating for children with multiple needs is what earned her the Jane Quentan Piper Volunteer of the Year Award at the 2011 Texas CASA Conference. Brown is advocating for five brothers and sisters, including one who was so severely malnourished and dehydrated that doctors had little hope she would survive. Brown refused to accept the prognosis.

“They were like feral children. They were nonverbal and tried to hide in corners and under desks.” - CASA Volunteer Jan Brown

She is the volunteer the program looks to

When Brown first saw 4-year-old Bailey*, the little girl was in a coma and hooked up to various life-sustaining tubes. For 97 days, Brown made one-hour trips to and from the hospital to see Bailey, hold her hand, and read and sing to her. She was there when Bailey finally opened her eyes, when she first sat up and when she first began to eat and talk — all to the astonishment of nurses and doctors.

when assigned a particularly difficult case involving children with significant medical needs.

“The doctors give Jan much credit and say they truly believe that, without Jan, Bailey may not have survived,” said Yolanda Valenzuela, Child Advocates San Antonio vice president of programs, in her nomination of Brown for the award. “Jan is an exceptional volunteer, and she cares about the children as if they were her own. She does not stop advocating until all the needs of the children are met and they have a safe, permanent and loving forever home.” In addition to daily hospital trips to see Bailey, Brown kept tabs on the other four siblings, attending therapy sessions and tracking them as they moved to different foster homes. “They were like feral children,” Brown recalled of her first meeting. “They were nonverbal and tried to hide in corners and under desks.” The siblings, who were also severely neglected, were convinced that Bailey had died, even after Brown showed photos of her getting better in the hospital. It wasn’t until they were reunited with Bailey that they accepted that their sister was really alive.

Michael sees Dr. Smith and Dentist Dr. Williams.

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Michael and Roy visit again a week later in his foster home. Dr. Smith and Dr. Williams

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Bailey, now 6, is in school and meeting her educational goals. “She’s beating everyone’s expectations!” said Brown. “She’s grown 6 inches and gained 18 pounds. She’s walking and talking. In occupational therapy, she got nine out of 10 colors right. She’s just incredible!” Brown coordinates family visits between three different foster homes so the children can reconnect while waiting for adoption. When they get together, “they all meet each other and kiss and hug. They play together. It’s a little family time,” said Brown. As a result of her advocacy for the children, Brown’s input is being sought on identifying appropriate adoptive homes for the children. As Volunteer of the Year, Brown represents more than 7,000 CASA volunteers across Texas. The award is named in honor of Jane Quentan Piper, the founder of Texas CASA, who had a vision that every child in Texas who needed one would have a CASA volunteer. *Name was changed to protect the child’s privacy.

2011 HIGHLIGHTS Texas CASA hosted CASA Day at the Capitol on February 11, 2011, which was attended by more than 300 CASA staff, volunteers and board members from 47 of 69 programs. The event included a memorial remembering the 227 children who died from abuse or neglect in Texas in FY 2010.   Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas sponsored the Speak Up for Kids CASA 5K series which featured races in 18 communities throughout Texas benefiting local CASA programs. These events are opportunities for local CASA programs to raise awareness and money and recruit CASA volunteers.  Texas CASA successfully advocated for increased pass-through funding from the Governor’s Office to $4,574,022 for local CASA programs.

Status Hearing Present are the Judge, CPS Attorney, CPS Caseworker Alyssa Parents, Parents’ Attorney, Michael’s Attorney Frank and CASA Volunteer Roy. CASA Roy found Michael’s grandmother and reports she just found out Michael’s in foster care and wants him. CPS begins checking grandmother’s background. Texas CASA | Annual Report 2011

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Michael’s Parents

Parents’ Attorney

Michael’s Attorney Frank

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Hitting the Road for CASA When volunteers Amber and Robert Wentworth were offered their first case in February 2010 involving three children, it looked fairly straightforward. But within a week,“everything blew up,” and the children were scattered to three different placements.

Getting the children together for a visit meant a six-hour drive for both Amber and Robert, each driving in different directions to pick up a child and then meeting the third child in the middle. The extensive number of hours and miles they logged to meet with the children, foster parents, teachers and therapists—and to transport the children for group visits —earned the Wentworths the “Road Warrior Award” from CASA of Williamson County.

“I think it’s really sad when a child doesn’t have a CASA. There are kids who stay in placements longer than they should.” - CASA Volunteer Amber Wentworth

That abrupt introduction was their initiation

All of those road trips paid off when the three children were adopted by two families in November 2011, closing the first case assigned to CASA of Williamson County.

to the chaotic and frightening journey faced by foster children.

Derrick, 13, Ashley, 14, and Tiffany, 15,* were removed from their biological family because of abuse and neglect. When the Wentworths were assigned to the case, the children had been in the system for a while and didn’t trust any adult. Ashley had been in 14 placements over two years. The children believed everyone involved in child welfare was in it for the money and were stunned to learn that the Wentworths were volunteering their time. “Why are you doing this?” asked a puzzled Ashley. The experience opened the Wentworths’ eyes to how overburdened the child welfare system is. They also came to understand the importance of building one-on-one relationships with the children. After getting the children out from a foster home that was eventually shut down and then blocking a move to a residential treatment center where they saw staff and youth swearing at each other, the Wentworths saw the value in having an extra set of eyes checking on children regularly and carefully listening to what they are saying.

CPS Caseworker Marty arranges a visit for Michael with his grandmother. CASA Roy is present for the visit.

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Roy and Michael go for burgers. They talk about school and Michael’s foster home. Michael’s Grandmother

CASA Roy

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“I think it’s really sad when a child doesn’t have a CASA. There are kids who stay in placements longer than they should,” said Amber. That’s the message they’ve shared with legislators in visits to the Texas Capitol. “As a volunteer organization, CASA gets a bigger bang for the buck without (the child welfare system) being expanded,” Robert said. As a result of their work and advocacy for Derrick, Ashley and Tiffany, the judge overseeing the case granted them “veto power” over any adoptive homes proposed for the children. A teacher who didn’t want Tiffany to go through any more moves adopted her so she could finish high school in her community. The other two were adopted by a family only an hour away. Both families work to keep the siblings connected. “We love being co-CASAs,” said Robert. “It gives us more time together, and we get to do something together. We have a sounding board, and it’s made a difference with the kids.” He noted that it has been beneficial for the children to see what a healthy, loving relationship looks like. “They call us their second Mom and Dad,” said Amber, adding that the children have talked about including the Wentworths in their graduations and weddings. “They will always be a part of our lives.” *Names were changed to protect children’s privacy.

2011 HIGHLIGHTS Former First Lady Laura Bush honored Texas CASA by filming a public service announcement urging viewers to become CASA volunteers. Media events were held in Austin and Fort Worth for the statewide launch of the PSA.   Texas CASA conducted an annual satisfaction survey of the CASA network, which was completed by 63 of 69 programs. In the results, 92% of leaders of local CASA programs reported they were “satisfied” or “very satisfied” with the overall work of Texas CASA.

CPS Caseworker Marty visits Michael at foster home. CASA Roy

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CPS Caseworker Marty Alyssa

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CASA Volunteers: Voices in Court for Children, Voices of Reason for Judges

survey conducted by the University of Texas’ Office of Survey Research, which is part of the Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Participation. An overwhelming 94 percent of the judges surveyed said a CASA volunteer on a case provides “a better” or “a lot better” opportunity for a positive outcome. In the survey, 97 percent of the judges “agreed” or “strongly agreed” that the personal knowledge about children that CASA volunteers bring to the court is beneficial to decision making.

“CASA is essential. Judges would not be able to do our jobs without CASA.” - Judge Robert Hofmann

“There is no way of measuring the value a CASA volunteer brings to a child,” said Judge Cyndi Wheless of McKinney. Texas judges rely on CASA volunteers to help them make critical decisions about children in foster care. “CASA is essential. Judges would not be able to do our jobs without CASA,” said Judge Robert Hofmann of Mason, who received the Texas CASA Big Voice for Little Texans Award for his commitment to children and children’s issues. “If not for CASA, the child protection system would collapse. These volunteer advocates play a vital, critical role.” To illustrate the importance of CASA volunteers to children, Hofmann cited a case involving a young girl that lasted several years. He said the only constant person in her case was her CASA volunteer. When choosing her new name at her adoption, she honored her CASA advocate by changing her middle name to that of her CASA volunteer. “Nothing can speak better to the importance of CASA volunteers than that story,” said Hofmann. The value of volunteers assisting family court judges dates back to 1976 when Judge David Soukup of Seattle realized he faced an ongoing problem in his courtroom: how to be sure that children’s best interests were represented in the child protection cases before him. Soukup wanted to know more about each child so he could make the best possible

New CPS Caseworker Cathy visits Michael at foster home.

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decisions. The solution he devised would change the lives of countless children and assist judges across the country. In 1977, the Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) pilot program began using trained community volunteers as a “voice in court” for abused or neglected children. The first CASA program in Texas formed in 1979. Since then, 69 local CASA programs have been established in Texas, now serving more than 22,000 children in 206 counties.

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Michael gets a call from his Attorney Frank at home. They talk about what Michael wants. Michael says he wants to live with his grandmother.

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“Having a CASA on a child’s case is so important; having a person not involved in the judicial system with a fresh set of eyes, with no interests other than the best interests of the child, is the key. They are focused on the case, their only case, and they work so hard,” said Judge Yahara Gutierrez of El Paso. “With no CASA volunteer, a case is seriously lacking.”

2011 HIGHLIGHTS Judicial Survey on the Role of Court Appointed Special Advocates • 94% of judges said a CASA volunteer on a case provides a better opportunity for a positive outcome; 94% of judges said having CASA involvement in cases improves the court process. • 91% of judges see contacts with the child as providing benefits when they make decisions about a case.

Texas CASA was awarded a five-year Diligent Recruitment and Engagement grant in partnership with the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services. The grant supports CASA’s efforts to find safe, permanent homes as quickly as possible for children in care. Diligent recruitment refers to an intensive process of identifying and recruiting relatives, close family friends and/or prospective adoptive families for children in long-term foster care.

Thorne appreciates the detailed timelines and court reports that CASA volunteers provide in each case. “It’s like me being on the scene, watching the visits. CASA volunteers observe things others may not have, because their focus is on the children,” said Thorne. “Every jurisdiction, county and court in Texas should access CASA. Without CASA volunteers they are deprived, and so are the children they serve.” Texas judges agree that having a CASA volunteer on a case improves the outcome for a child, according to a 2008

“It is necessary to have a CASA volunteer on a case,” said Judge Randy Shelton of Beaumont. “I can’t imagine hearing a case without a CASA volunteer involved. We have 100 percent coverage, and I am always looking for their faces in court.”

Source: Office of Survey Research, Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Participation, at the University of Texas at Austin. Report in 2008 based on responses from 108 judges who were hearing child protection cases and had a CASA program in their court.

CASA volunteers provide consistency for children during a chaotic time and supply judges with critical information for crafting the best outcomes for children. Without a CASA volunteer on a case, “the court is blind. It is the difference between night and day,” explained Beaumont Judge Randy Thorne who also hears CPS cases.

CPS Caseworker Marty Alyssa

CPS Caseworker Marty

With state budget cuts and the ever-increasing burden on CPS workers and CASA staff members, CASA volunteers have an advantage since they typically work one case at a time. “How can a child not win when a volunteer has been assigned to only them?” asked Wheless.

“CASA volunteers provide a consistent presence in a child’s life,” said Judge John Delaney of Bryan. “They don’t change like case workers too often must. They personally carry the child’s history into court.”

Texas CASA launched the monthly Professional Development Webinar Series, which covers advanced advocacy skills and best practices in program operations. Total attendance was over 560.

Judge Robert Hoffmann, Texas CASA Big Voice for Little Texans honoree

Michael’s Attorney Frank

Michael

CASA Roy advocates for Michael to have more visits with his grandmother.

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CASA Volunteer Unites a Family

Recently, Brown finally asked Rita: What made her so strong after losing her three children just a few years before?

The hospital contacted CPS, which stepped in and took Lilliana into custody, even though Rita had a home and a stable support system with her aunt. Neither Rita nor the baby showed signs of drug or alcohol abuse. For Rita, this nightmare was all too familiar, as she had lost custody of three children about four years earlier. But this time was different, because she was different. She had cleaned up her life and beat her addictions, but still was being punished for her past. Rita vowed to do whatever it took to get Lilliana back.

On what was supposed to be a day full of happiness, Rita’s*

“I could tell she loved Lilliana dearly and that she would do anything for that baby.”

delivery of daughter, Lilliana,* turned into a nightmare when Child Protective Services took the newborn and placed her with a foster family. During the delivery,

The mother’s response was simple: the baby. Finding out she was having another child was like being given a second chance. She was determined not to waste it. With CASA’s support, Rita’s second chance turned her entire life around. Today, Rita is attending college and living happily with Lilliana. She has also reconnected with her three other children with the support and encouragement from their adoptive families. *Names were changed to protect family’s privacy.

2011 HIGHLIGHTS Texas CASA provided 23 trainings and the annual conference to help CASA staff, volunteers and board build their skills and knowledge about effective advocacy and nonprofit best practices. Total attendance for the 24 events was 1,074.   Governor Rick Perry and Speaker of the House Joe Straus each taped a video message thanking all of our CASA volunteers for their advocacy in the courts, community and Capitol.   CASA volunteers and staff were instrumental in helping Texas CASA achieve many of its legislative priorities. These included: • $4 million increase in funding for CASA to recruit, train and support more CASA volunteers for children. • Restoration of many cuts proposed to Child Protective Services and services and resources for families and children. • Improvements to the foster care system.   Texas CASA was one of 11 state CASA programs throughout the country to be nominated to compete in the Walmart Associate Choice Program in the summer of 2011. As a result, Texas CASA received $10,000.

- CASA Volunteer Linda Brown

Rita mentioned that she had been

Linda Brown, a CASA volunteer in Ellis County, was assigned to speak up for the best interests of Lilliana. For Brown, it is her goal with each case to reunite families when it is in the best interest of the child.

involved with CPS before.

“I genuinely liked her,” Brown recalled of first meeting the mother. “I could tell she loved (Lilliana) dearly and that she would do anything for that baby.” Brown helped identify and provide a support system for Rita. Brown stood by Rita as she did everything asked of her, from random drug testing to classes on parenting. She even got a membership at the YMCA so she could exercise. While Rita was allowed to have supervised visits with Lilliana, she did not have reliable transportation. So Brown drove the mother to the CASA offices for her supervised visits. She also really focused on listening to Rita and monitoring her every achievement. “I just listened to her and praised her for her progress,” said Brown. “When you know you have someone on your side, it motivates you and helps you along.”

Texas CASA enhanced the Quality Assurance (QA) protocol and review process with a focus on the connection between quality advocacy for children in care and the quality assurance process which reviews best practices in program operations. 

With the support of CASA, Rita went on to regain custody of her daughter. She continues to stay in contact with Brown and CASA of Ellis County, as the case has grown into a friendship.

CPS Caseworker Cathy visits Michael at his school.

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initial permanency Hearing Present are the Judge, CPS Attorney, CPS Caseworker Cathy, Parents’ Attorney, Michael’s Attorney Frank and CASA Roy. Michael’s Dad, who is still in jail, attends. Michael’s Mom doesn’t attend.

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Michael’s Mother

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financials

financials

Texas CASA Financial Statements

Texas CASA Financial Statements

Audited Statement of Financial Position: For the Year Ending August 31, 2011

Audited Statement of Activities: For the Year Ending August 31, 2011 Temporarily Permanently Unrestricted Restricted Restricted Total REVENUE Government grants $12,417,404 $0 $0 $12,417,404 Corporate contributions 93,835 90,000 0 183,835 Conference income 119,986 0 0 119,986 Individual contributions 114,568 0 0 114,568 Contributed goods and services 120,936 0 0 120,936 Dues and workshop income 47,657 0 0 47,657 Investment income (loss), net of fees 198,358 518,142 0 716,500 Net assets released from restrictions 601,153 (601,153) 0 0 13,713,897 6,989 0 13,720,886

ASSETS

CURRENT ASSETS Cash and cash equivalents $656,102 Government grants receivable 2,068,432 Prepaid expenses and other 33,691 2,758,225 NON-CURRENT ASSETS Restricted cash and cash equivalents 53,347 Restricted investments 5,234,320 5,287,667 PROPERTY AND EQUIPMENT Land 302,670 Building 1,217,278 Furniture and equipment 249,670 Accumulated depreciation (401,100) 1,368,518 $9,414,410 LIABILITIES AND NET ASSETS CURRENT LIABILITIES Local grants payable $1,674,237 Accounts payable and accrued liabilities 195,843 Deferred revenue 114,350 1,984,430 NET ASSETS Unrestricted 1,885,228 Temporarily restricted 544,752 Permanently restricted 5,000,000 7,429,980 $9,414,410

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Michael’s placement fails. CPS Caseworker Cathy comes to Michael’s school and tells him he’s going to a new foster home. In the car is a trashbag with some of Michael’s clothes, but his GI Joe isn’t there.

Michael’s new foster home is 30 miles away. He’s in a new school and goes to a new church.

EXPENSES Local program grants 10,886,770 0 0 10,886,770 Salaries 1,166,748 0 0 1,166,748 Contracted services 469,631 0 0 469,631 Fringe benefits and taxes 230,136 0 0 230,136 Travel 174,184 0 0 174,184 Meetings and events 142,241 0 0 142,241 Contributed goods and services 120,675 0 0 120,675 Depreciation 55,470 0 0 55,470 Office expenses 55,072 0 0 55,072 Printing and promotional materials 32,585 0 0 32,585 Occupancy 43,624 0 0 43,624 Leases and maintenance 41,382 0 0 41,382 Bank and registration fees 17,706 0 0 17,706 Insurance 6,437 0 0 6,437 Other 4,208 0 0 4,208 13,446,869 0 0 13,446,869 CHANGE IN NET ASSETS 267,028 6,989 0 274,017 BEGINNING NET ASSETS, as previously reported 1,763,200 537,763 5,000,000 7,300,963 PRIOR PERIOD ADJUSTMENT (145,000) 0 0 (145,000) BEGINNING NET ASSETS, as adjusted 1,618,200 537,763 5,000,000 7,155,963 ENDING NET ASSETS $1,885,228 $544,752 $5,000,000 $7,429,980

There are 2 new kids in the new home.

CASA Roy talks to Michael on the phone that day. CASA Roy

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Audited Statement of Cash Flows: For the Year Ending August 31, 2011 CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES Change in net assets $274,017 Depreciation 55,470 Net gain on investments (578,881) (Increase) decrease in assets: Restricted cash 20,057 Government grants receivable (946,866) Prepaid expenses and other current assets (14,294) Increase (decrease) in liabilities: Local grants payable 202,947 Accounts payable and accrued liabilities 62,294 Deferred revenue 59,610 (865,646) CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES Purchases of fixed assets (11,924) Purchases of investments (3,054,430) Proceeds from sale of investments 3,368,000 301,646 NET CHANGE IN CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS BEGINNING CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS ENDING CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS

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Michael meets his new Therapist George.

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Michael’s Attorney Frank calls and asks Michael what he wants Frank to tell the judge. Michael says he wants to live with Grammy.

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Michael visits his grandmother.

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CPS Therapist Caseworker Denise Marty

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permanency Hearing Present are the Judge, CPS Attorney, CPS Caseworker Cathy, Parents’ Attorney, Michael’s Attorney Frank and CASA Roy. Michael’s parents don’t attend.

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CPS Caseworker Cathy, Michael’s Lawyer Frank and CASA Roy all express concern about reunification with the parents. CASA Roy and Michael’s Lawyer Frank recommend weekly visits with grandmother.

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Susie Moseley Amy Nicholson-Paiva J. Darren Rodgers Melissa and Neel Sarkar Dr. Lawrence B. and Jana Price Teis Billy Ward WhiteBoard Selling Fred and Marge Williams

Children’s Benefactor ($2,500-$4,999) Alpha Capital Management Creative Images by Cheryl Rae Joe Gagen and Joanne Hopkins Janice and David Peebles Robert and Jackie Phillpott Mike and Holly Turner

Children’s Advocate ($500-$999) 3dASAP Danita Abernathy Bacon Lee & Associates Brandy Buck Suzanne Ivy Dennise Jackson and Lori Frasco Katherine Kerr and Tim Kubatzky Amanda Lee Knittel Robert and Bridget McGowen Heather and James Parsons Jerry and Pat Prather Genny Rakowitz The Sampson Family Foundation Scott Shepherd South Texas Money Management The Honorable J.Q. Warnick

Children’s Protector ($1,000-$2,499) ACI Paula Ahders Aspen Technology Blacklab Internet Julie Bowling In Honor of Ed Davis Glenn and Susan Brooks Becky Brown Calendar Holdings, LLC Pattilou Dawkins B.A. and LeRayne Donelson Ben and Tracey Franks In Memory of Emily Franks Greg and Amy Herzog In Honor of Nate Herzog Richard Hoffman LCRA Employees United Charities Suzanne and Don Maloney

Michael visits grandmother every weekend.

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Children’s Friends ($499 and under) Anonymous Anonymous In Honor of Michael Fayedi In the Name of an Anonymous Couple Cathy Allen Deedra Baker

Sandy Barber Dorothy Bellamy In Honor of Adam and Deborah Larson Thomas Best In Honor of Joe Gagen Terrell Blodgett Ann and Ray Brown Juliet Castañeda-Valdez Justin Clary Cathy and Don Cockerham Ronald D. Collins CASA Kids Studio Teri Dahl Dina De La Cerda Elisabeth Donoghue Samantha Durst Fetch! Petcare of NE Dallas Robert and Wanda Ferguson Tara Simpson Fink In Honor of Andrea Sparks Nancy Fisher The Fundraising Coach Charles and Dora Gembinski Trudy Georgie Girl Scouts of Central Texas Page Hall Marlon Hardy In Honor of Alisa Adams Ajay Jain Charly Johnson Janet Ketcham Nancy Grace Kirkpatrick Shannon Knight Ishan Kumar Sonya Lacore In Honor of Mike Hafner Whitney Lagasse Ray Langenberg and Christy Krames Chelsea Lee

Michael sees Therapist George every other week. Michael’s Grandmother

Michael

CPS Therapist Caseworker Denise Marty

Therapist George

Michael

To learn more about volunteering or donating, please visit us online: www.TexasCASA.org or www.BecomeACASA.org

Keith Lester In Honor of Rick Woollard Lloyd Lochridge Jon and Beverly Luce Suzanne and Don Maloney In Memory of Susan Stahl In Honor of Scott Shepherd In Honor of Judge J.Q. Warnick In Honor of Charly Johnson Elizabeth Mandell Kitty McLaughlin Lanis McWilliams Robert Meisel Meredith Morgan Diana Murray Amy Nicholson-Paiva In Memory of Ann Willis Norman “Happy” Nelson Peggy Nix Mike and Sharon O’Neal Mary Rachael Parsons Toya and Robert Patek Jeanine Perfetti Pinkle Toes Photography Joyce Ramig Megan Ransom Alicia Reissman In Honor of Brian and Jessica Laviage Brittany Rodriguez Julia Schumaker In Honor of David Gautier Dr. Allen and BJ Sonstein SpeedPro Imaging Austin Heather Spicer In Honor of Quinn Thyen Star Foundation MyFamily Texas Texas Association of Defense Counsel In Honor of Melissa Curry Kathryn Tullos and Mark Morris

CASA Roy sees Michael regularly and Michael begins to share his feelings.

CASA Roy

Mary Vasquez Toni Watt Dr. Karl and Sherry Wehner Charles Wetherbee Jane Wetzel In Honor of Glenn Brooks Freda Wright In Honor of Julie Klutts 2011 TEXAS CASA ANNUAL CONFERENCE Platinum Underwriter Office for Victims of Crime Conference Plenary Session Underwriter Superior HealthPlan Keynote Speaker Underwriter Texas Bar Foundation Thompson & Knight Foundation Gold Underwriters Green Hat Event Technology Gruene Hall Welcome Reception Underwriter Silicon Labs Silver Underwriter The Dorset Foundation / Jane and Jim Piper Conference Break Underwriter Brown McCarroll, LLP San Marcos Convention and Visitors Bureau Devereux - Victoria Seton Family of Hospitals 2010-2011 WORKPLACE GIVING DONORS (Gifts Received 9/1/11 to 8/31/11) Barbara Adams

Michael

Myrna Amaya Karen S. Bailey Robert Beard Eduardo Becho Dreanna Belden Blanca Benavides Patrick Bizzell Ernesto Bloberg Veronica Bradshaw Brandi S. Brevard Robert Brick Cynthia Bustillos Morlyce Cambron Arlette Capehart Kevin Carter Janice Casper Christina Cavalli Sandra Cheatham Daniel Choate Anna Contreras J.D. Dantone Jerrie Dooley Sherri A. Drew Andrea Erickson Carlos Femat Tom Forrest Jennifer Gaines Joshua Gamboa Chantel Garza Gloria Garza Joe Gaytan Sarah Griffiths Joe Guerrero Maria E. Guevara Tarun Harchandani Anne Heilegenstein Teresa Henderson Brandon Henry Sylvia Hernandez David Hewitt Sharon L. Hill Melinda Holt

CASA Roy talks to grandmother who says she doesn’t think she can handle Michael. CASA Roy tries to see Michael’s parents but they don’t respond.

Texas CASA | Annual Report 2011

Kara Hyden Priscilla Huddlesten Margarita Infante Heidi Jackson Chalonda Jackson-Mangwiro Clifton Jones Frank Kluza Karyn Kondoff Christina Laue Deborah Long Gisselle Lopez Maria Macias Yolanda B. Mayes Sandra McClintic Jose Moreno Linda Nevels Leatrice Newhouse Melody Porter Geneva Price A.C. Randle Arturo Reyna Deborah Reynolds Elizabeth Rhame Jose Rodriguez Steven Rodriguez Barbara Sanders Gloria Seidlin-Bernstein Nora Sierra Molly Shattuck Frances Spivey Martha M. Steele Linda Stewart Janie Stidham Patricia Stout Robert Turner Anna M. Valadez Norma Valle Cary D. Vanarsdall Claudia Williams Kay H. Williamson Robert Zambrano Jason Zorola

Michael’s Grandmother

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CASA community

CASA community

Texas CASA Programs

Texas CASA Programs

CLEBURNE CASA of Johnson County (817) 558-6995 www.casajohnsoncounty.org

BROWNSVILLE CASA of Cameron & Willacy Counties (956) 546-6545 www.casaforcameronwillacy.org

ATHENS CASA of Trinity Valley (903) 675-7070 | www.casaoftv.org AUSTIN CASA of Travis County (512) 459-2272 | www.casatravis.org

BRYAN Voices for Children, CASA of Brazos County (979) 822-9700 www.voicesforchildreninc.org

BAY CITY CASA of Matagorda and Wharton Counties (979) 245-4958 | www.casa-mw.org

Childress CASA of the Rolling Plains (940) 937-3180 www.childresscasa.org

BEAUMONT CASA of Southeast Texas (409) 832-2272 | www.casasetx.org

Numbers Shown in Thousands

60 50 40

DALLAS Dallas CASA (214) 827-8961 | www.dallascasa.org

Children in Care

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CASA Roy tries to find other relatives for Michael.

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GAINESVILLE CASA of North Texas (940) 665-2244 | www.casant.org GALVESTON Voices for Children CASA of Galveston County (409) 762-0267 | www.rccgc.org GEORGETOWN CASA of Williamson County (512) 868-2822 | www.casawctx.com

DENTON CASA of Denton County (940) 243-2272 | www.casadenton.org

GRAHAM North Star CASA (940) 549-9829 www.missiongranbury.com/casa

EDINBURG CASA of Hidalgo County (956) 381-0346 | www.casaofhidalgo.com

GRANBURY CASA of Hood & Somervell Counties (817) 579-6866 | www.missiongranbury.com

EL PASO CASA of El Paso (915) 546-8146 | www.casaofelpaso.com

GREENVILLE CASA for Hunt County (903) 450-4410 www.casaforhuntcounty.org

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DALHART CASA 69, Inc. (806) 244-2684 | www.casa69.org

DECATUR CASA of Wise & Jack Counties (940) 627-7535 | www.casawise.org

CHILDREN SERVED BY CASA VS. CHILDREN IN CARE

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FORT WORTH CASA of Tarrant County (817) 877-5891 | www.speakupforachild.org

CORSICANA CASA of Navarro County (903) 872-3772

BROWNWOOD CASA in the Heart of Texas (325) 643-2557 www.casabrownwood.org

BASTROP CASA of Bastrop County (512) 303-2272 | www.casaofbastrop.com

CORPUS CHRISTI CASA of the Coastal Bend (361) 884-2272 www.coastalbendcasa.org

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6,619

BRENHAM CASA for South Central Texas (979) 277-0088 | www.wespeak4kids.org

6 5,648

ANGLETON CASA of Brazoria County (979) 864-1658

CONROE CASA Child Advocates of Montgomery County (936) 441-5437 www.casaspeaks4kids.com

7 5,259

BONHAM Fannin County Children’s Center (903) 583-4339 | www.fanninccc.org

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AMARILLO Amarillo Area CASA (806) 373-2272 | www.amarillocasa.org

CASA VOLUNTEERS STATEWIDE

4,692

BELTON CASA of Bell & Coryell Counties (254) 939-2946 | www.cact.com

Numbers Shown in Thousands

ALPINE Frontier CASA (432) 837-7448 | www.frontiercasa.org

CASA Roy visits Aunt Marion.

Michael continues to see Therapist George.

HEREFORD Great Plains CASA for Kids (806) 363-1211 HOUSTON Child Advocates, Inc. (713) 529-1396 | www.childadvocates.org HUNTSVILLE CASA of Walker & San Jacinto County (936) 291-6363 www.casaofwalkercounty.org

CPS Therapist Caseworker Denise Marty

Therapist George

Michael

CASA Roy calls and checks on Michael weekly.

KERRVILLE Hill Country CASA (830) 896-2272 KINGSLAND CASA for the Highland Lakes Area (325) 388-3440 | www.highlandlakescasa.com KINGSVILLE Brush Country CASA (361) 595-7233 | www.brushcountrycasa.org

CASA Roy

Michael

LAREDO Voz de Niños (956) 727-8691 | www.vozdeninos.org LIBERTY CASA of Liberty/Chambers Counties (936) 334-9000 | www.casalctx.org LONGVIEW East Texas CASA (903) 753-8093 | www.easttexascasa.org

Michael begins to visit Aunt Marion’s home on weekends.

LUBBOCK CASA of the South Plains (806) 763-2272 | www.lubbockcasa.org LUFKIN CASA of the Pines (936) 634-6725 | www.casapines.org

CASA Roy takes Michael to see Aunt Marion, Uncle David and cousins Jamie and Kim, who live 15 miles away. CASA Roy

CASA Roy

Aunt Marion

To learn more about volunteering or donating, please visit us online: www.TexasCASA.org or www.BecomeACASA.org

Texas CASA | Annual Report 2011

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CASA community

Board of Directors

Texas CASA Programs

Texas CASA Board Members

ROCKWALL Lone Star CASA (972) 772-5858 | www.lonestarcasa.org

MASON Bluebonnet CASA (325) 347-6474 www.bluebonnetcasa.org McKINNEY CASA of Collin County (972) 529-2272 www.casaofcollincounty.org MIDLAND CASA of West Texas (432) 683-1114 | www.casawtx.org Nacogdoches CASA of Deep East Texas (936) 560-4711

ODESSA CASA of the Permian Basin (432) 498-4174 | www.casapba.org ORANGE Advocates for Children (877) 586-6548 www.advocates-4-children-inc.org PAMPA CASA of the High Plains (806) 669-7638 | www.casahp.org PARIS CASA for KIDS of Red River Valley (903) 737-4346 www.pariscasaforkids.com

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CPS Adoption Worker Michelle visits Michael.

Chief Executive Officer Vicki Spriggs

WACO CASA of McLennan & Hill Counties (254) 752-9330 | www.advocacycntr.org

ROSENBERG Child Advocates of Fort Bend (281) 341-9955 | www.cafb.org

WAXAHACHIE CASA of Ellis County (972) 937-1455 | www.casaofelliscounty.org

SAN ANGELO CASA of Tom Green County (325) 653-4673 | www.cactomgreen.org

Weatherford CASA of Parker County (817) 599-6224 www.casaofparkercounty.com

SAN ANTONIO Child Advocates San Antonio, Inc. (210) 225-7070 | www.casa-satx.org

WICHITA FALLS Child Advocates CASA of Archer, Clay, Montague & Wichita Counties (940) 766-0552 | www.casawf.org

SHERMAN CASA of Grayson County (903) 813-5400 | www.casagrayson.org

NEW BRAUNFELS CASA of Central Texas (512) 392-3578 | www.casacentex.org

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VICTORIA Golden Crescent CASA, Inc. (361) 573-3734 www.goldencrescentcasa.org

Pleasanton CASA of South Texas (830) 569-4696 | www.casasouthtx.org

SOURCES OF FUNDING FOR LOCAL CASA PROGRAMS

STEPHENVILLE CASA for the Cross Timbers Area (254) 965-6610 | www.casacta.org

B oard of Directors Officers Debbie Ferguson President Billy Ward President Elect Frederick J. Williams First Vice President

Greg Herzog Second Vice President Robert Phillpott Treasurer Susie Moseley Secretary

The Judge

Adoption Worker Michelle

CPS Attorney

Members Rebecca Brown Brandy Buck Susan Burt Vivan J. Dorsett Susan Etheridge Alicia Gracia Rev. Ray A. Hendricks Boris Hidalgo

Lanis McWilliams Lee Ann Millender Tim Niziol J. Darren Rodgers Jana Teis Janet Watts Greg Wilhelm

Parents’ Attorney

Michael’s Attorney Frank

CASA Roy

Aunt Marion & Uncle David

Marion & David’s Attorney

Michael’s Parents

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SULPHUR SPRINGS Lake Country CASA (903) 885-1173 | www.lakecountrycasa.org TEXARKANA CASA of Northeast Texas (870) 775-1252 | www.casatexarkana.org TYLER CASA for Kids of East Texas (903) 597-7725 www.casaforkidsofeasttexas.org

Numbers Shown in Millions

MARSHALL CASA of Harrison County (903) 923-9224 www.casaofharrisoncounty.org

Merits Hearing Present are the Judge, CPS Attorney, CPS Adoption Worker Michelle, Parents’ Attorney, Michael’s Attorney Frank, CASA Roy, Aunt Marion & Uncle David, Attorney for Aunt Marion and Uncle David. Michael’s parents do not attend. The Judge terminates parental rights.

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If you would like to become a CASA volunteer, please visit: www.becomeacasa.org

Other Government Funding

Michael’s Attorney Frank calls Michael and asks if he wants to live with his aunt and uncle.

Crime Victims Compensation Funds

UVALDE Tri-County CASA (830) 278-7733 | www.bluebonnetcac.net

Victims of Crime Act Funds Private Foundations

CPS Caseworker Marty Alyssa

Texas CASA is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization

CASA Roy visits Michael and asks him if he wants to live with Aunt Marion and Uncle David.

CPS Caseworker Cathy Marty

CPS Caseworker Marty

To make a secure donation to CASA, please visit: www.texascasa.org

Adoption Worker Michelle

Michael

To learn more about volunteering or donating, please visit us online: www.TexasCASA.org or www.BecomeACASA.org

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Michael m o v es to Aunt Marion and Uncle David’s home. He enrolls in a ne w sc h ool and a n e w c h u r c h , and he is making ne w f r i en d s .

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