CASA Goes to the Movies!

CASA Goes to the Movies!

Feb 16 2017

With the Oscars approaching, we’ve taken a look at the themes of some of the movies nominated for awards (and a few we wish were nominated) and how they’re relevant to the work we do at CASA. The films released over the past year cover topics including trauma, foster care, adoption, placements with relatives, diversity, confronting our own biases and more. Here are some of our staff-recommended films of the year (and each of these can count as Continuing Education hours for our volunteer advocates!):

Hunt for the Wilderpeople:  “The best thing about this movie is how it shows people who seemingly have nothing in common with the children they have been asked to care for..."  Read More

One More Kid in the System: Unpacking Refusal to Assume Parental Responsibility

One More Kid in the System: Unpacking Refusal to Assume Parental Responsibility

Jan 26 2017

The majority of cases in the child welfare system open when the state determines, through investigation, that children are unsafe due to parental abuse or neglect. In a small handful of cases, though, parents voluntarily cede their rights to the state. This is called Refusal to Assume Parental Responsibility, or RAPR for short. 

While this occasionally occurs with biological families, the form it most often takes is that of a disrupted adoption. Parents feel they are not prepared to meet the needs, or underestimated the difficulty of meeting the needs, of children they've adopted.  Read More

Lessons from the Hundred Acre Wood

Lessons from the Hundred Acre Wood

Jan 18 2017

Today, we celebrate the birthday of A.A. Milne, the creator of Winnie the Pooh, whose stories have delighted millions of children and adults alike for the past 9 decades. Milne's stories doubtless have much to teach children, about loyalty, kindness, curiosity, and friendship. Looking back on Winnie the Pooh, I was surprised to realize how much wisdom there is for adults, particularly CASA volunteers, in the pages of his stories. Read More

Everybody Can Be Great Because Everybody Can Serve

Everybody Can Be Great Because Everybody Can Serve

Jan 12 2017

This weekend, hundreds of Austinites will give their time and talents to nonprofits throughout the city, during the annual MLK Day of Service. It’s a beautiful way to honor Dr. King, who famously stated, “Everybody can be great, because everybody can serve.” The acts of giving that we see this weekend will prove, once again, just how great a city Austin is. Read More

Meet Volunteer Advocate Bob Jefferis

Meet Volunteer Advocate Bob Jefferis

Dec 06 2016

Bob Jefferis is no stranger to responsibility and his 35 years as a geologist, engineer and project manager for the energy industry prove that. Working for a global company, Bob found himself on very diverse teams, getting to meet wide varieties of different people. He got to manage enormous projects on land and on the ocean, both in the US and abroad. Some were enormous, including a $16 billion project with more than 50,000 workers. So when he neared his retirement and considered what to do in his "next life," Bob was drawn to CASA.  Read More