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05.19.2014

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CASA Receives Texas Bar Foundation Grant

Child Advocates San Antonio (CASA) has received $5,000 from the Texas Bar Foundation to implement and expand the Crossover Youth Practice Model (CYPM) program.

Extensive research has clearly indicated that young people who have been abused or neglected are at an increased probability of engaging in delinquent behaviors. Despite these findings, little has been done within the child welfare or juvenile justice systems to impede their troubled trajectory. In 2010, The Center of Juvenile Justice Reform introduced the CYPM to address the specific needs of ‘Crossover Youth’ who are simultaneously receiving services and/or supervision from both the juvenile justice and child welfare systems.

In 2013, the CYPM project was launched as a pilot program in Bexar County, Texas through Child Advocates San Antonio (CASA). It continues to be only one of five metropolitan CASA agencies implementing a CYPM in Texas. Without the generous support of the Texas Bar Foundation, the initial implementation of this project would not have been possible and further expansion of the program would have been impeded.

Since its inception in 1965, the Texas Bar Foundation has awarded more than $15 million in grants to law-related programs.  Supported by members of the State Bar of Texas, the Texas Bar Foundation is the nation’s largest charitably-funded bar foundation.

Child Advocates San Antonio has successfully provided abused and neglected children in Bexar County a unique service since 1984. CASA supports 500 community volunteers who will advocate for 1,650 children in the Bexar County foster care system this year. CASA’s long-term goal is to provide an Advocate for every child who needs one by 2020. 

CASA Receives Texas Bar Foundation Grant