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CASA of Liberty and Chambers Counties Receives Grant from Texas Bar Foundation
Grant to Benefit Traumatized Youth in Foster Care

Liberty, TX: On April 28, 2020, the Texas Bar Foundation named CASA of Liberty and Chambers Counties the recipient of a grant in the amount of $7,500 designated for their Trauma Care Program. Funds from this grant will provide services to foster children and youth experiencing emotional and behavioral challenges that stem from the trauma of familial separation and histories of abuse.

Since its inception in 1965, the Texas Bar Foundation has awarded more than $21 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.  The funds awarded focus on encouraging and promoting legal assistance to poor and disadvantaged youth aged 0-18 in Liberty and Chambers Counties. The Trauma Care Program of CASA LCC supports under-served children of all socio-economic groups, races, and education levels that enter the legal foster care system. Participating youth are appointed a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) to help determine the child’s best interest while placed in substitute care. CASA advocates carefully monitor the child’s progress, throughout the case, to ensure their exceptional needs are met.

The Trauma Care Program is specifically designed to address the unique challenges experienced by traumatized children, using the principles of Trust Based Relational Intervention. Traumatized youth often experience difficulty building healthy relationships, which can lead to self-injurious and isolating behaviors. Funds from the Texas Bar Foundation will provide beneficial sensory therapy items in a “trauma backpack” to aid caregivers, relatives, and advocates in providing emotional and behavioral support for children experiencing dysregulation. Funding will also support critical staffing, including a Trauma Care Specialist who is responsible for facilitating all trauma-related advocacy services for children in the program. Coordination requires frequent contact with caregivers, advocates, caseworkers, and children which is managed and tracked through Optima, CASA’s dedicated data management system.