Thankfulness or (How CASA Volunteers Are Like Farmers)

Thankfulness or (How CASA Volunteers Are Like Farmers)

Dec 01 2016

A CASA volunteer and close friend of mine recently explained to me that being a CASA volunteer is a lot like being a farmer. Because of CASA, seeds of love and hope for the future are planted in each child served. Even though you work hard to ensure that these seeds grow, for both our volunteers and the farmer, the harvest comes later. You may or may not get to see all the fruits of your labor. Much like the farmer dedicates each day to tending to his crops, volunteers dedicate their time to helping kids in care. With no immediate results, this hard work can often feel unappreciated. Even though they may not get to see the end result of all their hard work, CASA volunteers can be certain that their efforts are appreciated.   Read More

A Memorandum of Understanding from the NPCMAT

A Memorandum of Understanding from the NPCMAT

Nov 16 2016

We at the North Pole Council for Mythical Artisans and Teamsters (NPCMAT) have some serious concerns that must be heard. Read More

Are you always going to take care of me?

Are you always going to take care of me?

Nov 15 2016

Are you always going to take care of me? If not, where would I live? Would I have to live with strangers?”

These are the heartbreaking questions our 2nd grade daughter asks when we tell her about the children we’re helping by volunteering as child advocates for CASA of Travis County.

She asks, “Why can’t their parents take care of them?” We explain that sometimes their parents are sick, or that they have their own troubles and can’t be safe parents to their kids right now. It’s a hard world for her to comprehend.

Can you imagine what it must be like for the children who actually live every day in this world? Read More

Keeping a Sense of Culture for Kids in Care

Keeping a Sense of Culture for Kids in Care

Nov 01 2016

This weekend, twenty-two teens came to the CASA offices for a Teen Advocacy and Permanency Project Meet-Up. The event was themed around Dia de los Muertos, the traditional Mexican holiday honoring the dead and inviting their souls back to visit us. The teens heard from a speaker who explained the holiday and her own connection to it, and then they created their own decorative skull etchings. Some kids at the meet-up were familiar with Dia de los Muertos, having celebrated the holiday in their own homes, but other learned about it for the first time. The teens present had a chance to share with each other and discuss how they personally could incorporate elements into their own lives.

Programs like this are so vital to the work that we do because we have seen, firsthand, how important culture is for the kids that we serve. Read More

Judge Byrne swears in 40 new CASA volunteers

Judge Byrne swears in 40 new CASA volunteers

Oct 20 2016

You know, life kind of gets in the way a lot and often throws up reasons to say, "I'll do that next year," "I'll do that later in my life." It's easy for us to say "I've just got too many things on my plate."

The one thing I know that you can never make, recreate, revisit is your time. It's our most valuable thing. We're going to spend about the next thirty minutes together celebrating your commitment to the children of Travis County. You will never ever get those thirty minutes back, ever, and I know that. And I know you've got lots of things to do in your life. Read More