Online Classes and Shorter Training Cycle Equal Better Retention and Stronger Volunteers

Online Classes and Shorter Training Cycle Equal Better Retention and Stronger Volunteers

Jun 23 2016

Since January 2016, the rate of volunteers completing the training process at CASA of Travis County has risen from approximately 64% in 2015 to 79%. This increase is largely because of some exciting changes that we have made to our volunteer training program. Understanding that many potential volunteers lost momentum during our previous training cycle that could take up to 4 months, we implemented a brand new cohort-style training model that takes place over a 5-week cycle... Read More

Court Ordered Services: Helping families heal together

Court Ordered Services: Helping families heal together

Jun 09 2016

Ultimately, the goal of the child welfare system is to ensure that children live in safe, permanent homes. Knowing how traumatic it can be for children to be removed from their homes and families, CPS and the courts are repeatedly faced with the decision... Read More

My Favorite Child

My Favorite Child

May 31 2016

I want to tell you a story that I've adapted to what I do. It's a story by Erma Bombeck in its original form but I've made it my own. It's about my favorite child and just so you know, when I talk about a child in this story, there is a human, flesh and blood child that I can point to and every one of these children is my favorite child. Read More

5 Things You Might Now Know About Foster Care (and 6 Ways You Can Help!)

5 Things You Might Now Know About Foster Care (and 6 Ways You Can Help!)

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

Meet Volunteer Advocate Karen Manson

Meet Volunteer Advocate Karen Manson

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