• Meet Volunteer Advocate Al Lopez

    Aug 27 2014

    Meet Volunteer Advocate Al Lopez

    By Callie Langford, Originally published in TODO Austin Magazine

    Al Lopez spent much of his career as a finance executive with IBM and Dell before running the Economic Growth Business Incubator (EGBI), an organization where he combines his business experience with a community and economic development mission.

    Al has always been active in his community. He serves on advisory boards for two public charter schools and he and his wife Judy are very active at the Austin Stone Community Church and its For the City Network non-profit. Read more

  • $3,765 in school supplies donated to CASA kids!

    Aug 19 2014

    $3,765 in school supplies donated to CASA kids!

    Anyone who has taken our CASA volunteer training knows our awesome Training Director Lydia Garcia. For the past two summers, Lydia has taken on a very different role from training based on the needs she saw for CASA children as school is getting started. She's just completed her second annual school supplies drive where she mobilizes her friends, local organizations and CASA volunteers and trainees to make sure our kids are prepared for a successful school year:

    I started this last year in an effort to help our kids and families who are already burdened with so much. Kids are already dealing with all the changes, emotions, etc involved with being a child in the CPS system. These changes can be just as traumatic as the abuse or neglect they've already suffered. At the same time, many of their relatives are being asked by this system to step up for their family and take kids into their homes while parents are working on the issues that caused the family to be involved with this system in the first place. Read more

  • Judge Byrne inspires new CASA volunteers at Swearing-In

    Aug 14 2014

    Judge Byrne inspires new CASA volunteers at Swearing-In

    The Honorable Darlene Byrne led our Swearing-In Ceremony Tuesday night with some wonderful words about the valuable work our newest CASA volunteers will be doing:

    I want to let you know how important what you’re doing is. You cannot replicate your time. It’s gone. This evening we will spend some minutes together and it is gone forever. So I know the significant sacrifice each one of you are making to do what you’ve been called to do - which is to be a voice for children who’ve been abused or neglected by the very people who they rely on to provide a roof over their head, a story time, a bath, a ride to their friends house… someone they can count on. They don’t have those things.

    But the thing that I’m so thrilled they’re going to have is your courageous voice. Read more

  • Meet Volunteer Advocate Veronica Chambers

    Jul 30 2014

    Meet Volunteer Advocate Veronica Chambers

    By Callie Langford, Originally published in TODO Austin Magazine

    After graduating high school, Veronica Chambers left her home town of Killeen to move to Austin where she studied to be a paralegal. She worked in the legal field for a few years before becoming a full-time mom to two boys, now ages 9 and 11.

    Her sons are involved in boy scouts and baseball so she spends much of her time on their activities and helping her husband with his business. When the two of them find free time, they love to travel and are spending part of this summer in Europe. Read more

  • 2013 Annual Report highlights how your support has helped kids

    Jul 23 2014

    2013 Annual Report

    Thank you! You made 2013 a year of innovative advocacy and important initiatives for children and families.

    We proudly launched our Family Finding program with the support of the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation. With a dedicated staff specialist and volunteers training each month, we’re looking at family trees in a way we never have before. Through Family Finding we can tremendously improve the futures of children who’ve been stuck in foster care for years and help other children avoid lengthy stays in the system. Read the full Annual Report.

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