Consider becoming a CASA volunteer
The trial of former Penn State coach Jerry Sandusky is dominating the news. Every day, sordid new details emerge about his alleged abuse of children entrusted to his care. Because he was considered an upstanding citizen, no one could imagine he might be taking advantage of vulnerable boys entrusted to his care. And because of his standing, the children were afraid to cry out because they feared they would not be believed.
Unlike the Sandusky case, there is little outcry about the thousands of children abused every year in Texas — one every eight minutes according to figures from the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services. Most of them are abused by people known to the children. Every 38 hours in 2011, a child died from abuse and neglect in Texas.
In 2011 in Navarro County, our children's advocacy center interviewed 150 children about being the victims of child sexual or physical abuse. Our CASA program represented 118 children who had been the victims of neglect or abuse that required them to be removed from their home and placed in foster care.
But the outrage over these statistics is remarkably absent.
If the Sandusky case makes you angry, turn that anger into good for our children in our community.
Consider becoming a Court Appointed Special Advocate - a CASA volunteer. Of those 118 children here in Navarro County, only 62 had a volunteer CASA to represent them. CASA volunteers are ordinary people appointed by judges to speak up for the best interest of children, who through no fault of their own, end up in foster care. Last year, there were 46,063 children in Texas' custody and more than half did not have a CASA volunteer to speak up for them in court and in the child welfare system. These children went through the terrifying process of being removed from their homes and losing everything they knew. CASA volunteers work to move children through the foster care system and into safe permanent homes as quickly as possible.
For more information call our office (903) 872-3772 and make a difference in the lives of abused and neglected children.
or Jenny Bratton
Consider becoming a CASA volunteer
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Letters to the Editor for Saturday, April 12, 2014
Thanks for service
To the Editor: The Blooming Grove Elementary School would like to express appreciation to several individuals and businesses that for three years have provided a “free” vision exam and eyeglasses for many of our students.
Letters to the Editor 3/1/14
Jury duty thoughts
To the Editor: In my recent experience with jury duty, I had some thoughts that I would like to share.
Letters to the Editor 2/22/14
To the Editor: According to a Gallup poll, 73 percent of the American people are in favor of term limits.
If you are one of those Americans favoring term limits there is good news. Term limits exist — they are called ELECTIONS.
Letters to the Editor 2/15/14
In support of NCSO
To the Editor: I have been reading about the salary problems Sheriff Tanner is having since being elected and the major problem with trying to keep qualified people.
Letter to Editor from Dairy G. Johnson
Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance takes this opportunity to thank some very fine individuals of our community for such a wonderful, powerful and glorious experience during Martin Luther King Jr. Day Jan. 20, 2014 here in the city of Corsicana.
Letters to the Editor 2/1/14
To the Editor: Corsicana lost a good man.
Letters to the Editor 1/25/14
Thanks for support
To the Editor: I would like to express The Corsicana Vendors Day greatest gratitude to several different people that went above and beyond to ensure that this event was able to go on as it was scheduled this past week.
To the Editor
Now that the holidays for 2013 are behind us and we’ve had a brief moment to reflect back on all that has transpired, I can say that we at The Salvation Army are humbled and amazed by how this community came together to help meet the needs of so many struggling people.
Letter to Editor from Marlene Bartosh
As a volunteer with the Angels of Corsicana Troop Support, most of my time all year is spent on items, especially Christmas cards, to fill the stockings when we pack in December.
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