Editor’s note: This is the fifth part in a series on United Way of Grayson County and the local programs it supports with donations from area individuals and businesses.

Editor’s note: This is the fifth part in a series on United Way of Grayson County and the local programs it supports with donations from area individuals and businesses.


When a child is removed from an abusive household, finding a forever home for him or her can, at times, be difficult. That’s where the Court Appointed Special Advocates of Grayson County step in. When one child who had lasting issues from an abused household was undergoing these same difficulties, a CASA volunteer assigned to the case worked with the child for an extended period of time. Together with other caring individuals associated with the case, an adoptive home was located where that child will never have to endure abuse again.


"Our program recruits, trains and assigns volunteer advocates to be a voice in court for children who have been removed from abusive or neglectful homes/situations by Child Protective Services," CASA Director Shane Hill said.


These trained volunteers investigate, monitor and serve as advocates in court for abused children. These individuals are volunteers from the community, and there is no fee attached with their services.


United Way has recognized the impact of CASA on the community and has partnered with the agency for more than 10 years.


"United Way has benefitted the CASA program not only by its financial support but in helping to spread information regarding CASA’s purpose and mission," Hill said. "We are a volunteer driven nonprofit and without United Way’s help in letting the community know about the needs of the children we serve, it would be very challenging to recruit enough volunteers to provide volunteers to them."


Hill emphasized that the ability to help these children in the community stems directly from CASA’s volunteers.


"These selfless people have made the decision to stand up and be a voice for children who often go unheard," Hill said. "Through their commitment, they are able to change the lives of abused and neglected children."