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Friday, February 18, 2011 - The MalakoffNews - Page 5A COURTESY PHOTO CASA volunteers meet with Sen. Robert Nichols and other lawmakers during Feb. 1 CASA Day at capitol to show how CASA volunteers are able to save the state money by advocating on their charge's behalf with the state for placement with other family members instead of transferring children into the foster care system. Pictured are (from le ).CASA volunteer Roy Talbot, Sen. Nichols, CASA board member Jean Turner, Jan Jones, CASA executive director LeAnn Millender, CASA members Sally Simon and Kris Ballinger. CASA (Continued from Page IA) sponds to emergency rooms often costs much less than en- volunteers by providing blan- is returned home or settled in a when a rape victim is brought rolling them in the foster care kets and stuffed animals, stable tbrever home. in, she said.) system," Simon explained, which are given to children The court system recognizes "Rep. Chuck Hopson of "We advocate for the best in- when the' are removed from them as a type of legal Jacksonville was so funny, and terest of the child," Simon their home to give them some- guardian, so they are empow- Sen. Robert Nichols warmly ,said. "This is especially need- thing to hang on to - as the' ered to advocate for their welcomed our group and lis- ed tbr those overseen by the often leave with just the tened to the stories we had to overburdened Child Protective clothes on their backs, Simon charges with schools, doctors tell about the children we ad- Services," he said. said. and dentists, social workers, vocate lbr," Simon said.In addition to visiting with They also help supply a tbster parents and the court Rep.I.,anceGoodenalsometkey lawmakers representing Rainbow Room, where chil- system, with the ~oup and heard how Henderson, Cherokee and An- dren entering foster care can CASA volunteer and CASA is able to .save the state derson counties - comprising be supplied with immediate MalakoffReserve officer Sally funding by preparing action the region of CASA of Trinity needs, she added. Simon visited ~'ith The plans that enable other fmnily Valley - the group was reeog- The need for additional Malakoff News',. sister paper, |nembers to care for their own nized on the floors of both CASA volunteers is also great. The Monitor, following the children; such as grandparents, state house and senate. Volunteers ,are fially trained to group's visit to the state eapi- and uncles and aunts. CASA is funded through perform their special advoca- tol. "These family :members are state funding and by dona- ey. To learn how you can be- (Simon also volunteers with often willing and able to care tions, come a CASA volunteer, call the East Texas Crisis Center. for these children if given the Members of the local faith 903-675-7070 or inquire oil- She is a part of a team that re- right kind of aid, which most community w.0rk with CASA line at of lak6ff was named to the List for the 2010 fall hours with a 97 System. programs are nationally and in- re- is the flagship campus of the Trevor Peele: Tfinidad, was recently named to Tar- " leton State Uniyersity s Distinguished St,J ents list. Peele is enrolled al.the iversity's Steph , ;file cam- " hsvea min um,3.25 grade point ratio (GPR) and no lower a C; ud jun rs and semors ho have a minimum 3,5 GPR with no grade lower than a 'C.' All must be in good standing with the university. lute Air Conditioning & Heating TACLA 013367E Repairs on All Brands of Equipment 24 Hour Emergency Service New Installations * Service Agreements * Re sidential & Commercial -A- Free Estimates and 2"d Opinions on Fzluipment Satisfaction Guaranteed * ,k Gas Log Service -k- "k Gas Fireplace Service * LP Certified / / I / I and Drivethe -- / U~~ ~ :iii~ili!,~ ~ii~i~ by Honda or Toyotat Test-drive one at your Ford Dealer, Murrey Motor Co. 58 Years Hwy. 80 Wills Point, TX i .................... .,~.,,~,-,,, ....... .~.,~.,,~,,~.ri.~.~,.~h ,miml~~ll|[~1"llll~ IHI~II[IF~ITIIIII]hTffIflTI~I'TIITIIIIIIII'I' 1' I Tl'lllhillInrlll, dl' Ii