The Star-Telegram reports that CASA of Tarrant County is receiving fewer volunteer assignments to CPS court cases in the 323rd Family District Court. CASA stands for court-appointed special advocates and the organization provides specially trained volunteers to advocate for vulnerable children who have been removed from their parents in cases of abuse or neglect.
Fewer volunteer assignments means children are at risk as they move through the child welfare system. The volunteers provide assistance in advocating the best resolutions for the children.
One district judge, Alex Kim, has greatly reduced the number of assignments of CASA volunteers to cases due his concerns on privacy rights of the parents.
In an editorial, the Star-Telegram shared concerns over the practice.