Back in the early 90s when I was a young lawyer there was a huge concern about the care for children of whom the government had taken custody, because of abuse or neglect. Child Protective Services was charged with this responsibility but because of chronic underfunding it was not uncommon for children to get lost in the system.

As a family lawyer who often had to deal with cases involving abused and neglected children I was very interested when Regi Bright told me she and several other people wanted to start CASA in the Coastal Bend. CASA trains and then assigns a volunteer to every child of whom Child Protective Services takes custody. These volunteers get to know the children and advocates for them in court. They assure that no child gets lost in the system. I served on the CASA board from 1991 until 1997. In 1992 I was the Vice President.

If you ask County Court 5 Judge Tim McCoy or former Judges Brent Chesney or Terry Shamsie it will become apparent what a huge difference having a CASA makes to the abused and neglected children in our community. Eventually CASA became one of the organizations that received money from jurors who chose to donate back their jury fee. So to all of you who have done that, congratulations, you have done a lot to help the most vulnerable children in our community.

For more information on CASA and to get involved go to their website: https://www.coastalbendcasa.org/

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