May 26 2016
Today, in honor of National Foster Care Month, we offer five things you might not know about the foster care system and six things you can do to help.
What You Might Not Know
1. On average, children in foster care move seven times.
Many people believe a child enters foster care and stays in the same home until their case is resolved. In reality, children move placements an average of seven times while in a CPS case. This means not just new homes and new caregivers but also new schools and new communities. Finding a new foster home can take kids across the state or the country. The older a child is, the more placements they are likely to have. One of our supervisors advocates for a child who has moved homes 48 times. Read More
May 24 2016
A self-described "bull in a china closet," Karen Manson is the sort of person who tracks down a high-level CPS administrator because adoption paperwork for her CASA youth is moving too slowly. So when her husband suggested she retire and devote herself to volunteering, she resisted. "I'm not relying on anyone for a paycheck," she said. "I don't want to explain to anybody why I buy fourteen bottles of red nail polish." Read More
May 19 2016
When Nancy Pollard shared an article on her Facebook page, she had no idea it would lead to her hosting an accidental CASA info session. The article, about how a girl in the Dallas child welfare system died after CPS caseworkers failed to follow up on abuse allegations, was originally sent to her by a friend. "Now that I'm a CASA volunteer, people just keep sending me these things,” said Nancy. Read More
May 17 2016
Like many communities, Austin faces a huge need for more local foster families, especially families willing to take on larger siblings groups or children with high needs, medically or behaviorally. This is why we see many children being placed far away across the state, or in shelters or group homes, or sometimes even sleeping at the CPS offices as opposed to being placed locally with an available family. We talked with CASA’s Chief Program Officer Sarah Christofferson and Director of Advocacy Stephanie Weiss about this issue. Read More
May 12 2016
Now that April and Child Abuse Prevention Month has come to a close, it is important to recognize that, as a community, we do not and cannot prevent all abuse and neglect. At CASA, when we wanted to do better to help those kids who have been abused or neglected heal from the trauma they’d experienced, we turned to Dr. Karyn Purvis, of the TCU Institute of Child Development. Read More
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