Sep 29 2015
Wednesday: At 4:14 p.m., there is a soft e-mail chime on my CASA account. There is a new case: could I take it? Court is Monday, only two working days away. For a moment, it feels like an episode from “Mission: Impossible,” and the theme song runs through my head. I start at once, reviewing the legal paperwork for clues about family members, making an initial contact list, and sketching the first branches of a family tree. Read More
Sep 22 2015
"We're called to love others, and this kind of my way to do that," says Amy Ray, about volunteering with CASA. Amy, a nurse practitioner, is a former triathlete who scaled back to just running after her training schedule cut into family time with her husband, cat and lab puppy. One thing she won't scale back, though, is volunteering, which she does with CASA and also Mobile Loaves and Fishes and at a soup kitchen in Bastrop. Read More
Aug 27 2015
I don't know how I would have made it through growing up gay without supportive parents and a community that stood up for my needs. LGBTQ kids in the foster care system, many of whom end up in care after being abused or kicked out of their homes because of their orientation or gender identity, aren't granted any of those advantages. We don't have a single residential treatment center that is specifically designed to meet the needs of LGBTQ youth in Texas. Read More
Aug 18 2015
We have always believed in the CASA Superhero Run motto – “Every child needs a hero but abused children need superheroes.” CASA volunteers are true superheroes for children in our community who’ve been abused or neglected. But over the 6 years we've hosted the CASA Superhero Run, we’ve learned a lot more about superhero characters and how much they have in common with the children we serve, not just with our volunteer advocates.
The majority of kids’ cases we help to close end in family reunification – 52% of the cases last year to be exact. If you watched the 2011 Thor film, or read the 1968 comic Thor #159, you’ll remember that Thor was kicked out of Asgard and banished to Earth by his father Odin. Eventually, Thor was reunified with his family after his time apart from them.
The second highest number of closed cases ended with.. Read More
Aug 14 2015
With more than 7 million children, Texas has the second-largest child population in the nation – one that is, by itself, larger than the total populations of 37 individual states. This creates enormous challenges for Texas, including an extra responsibility to provide for and protect children and youth who, through no fault of their own, end up in the state’s custody due to abuse or neglect. Read More
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