Oct 22 2014
October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month and of the 21 new cases we’ve been appointed to by the middle of this month, 10 of those families (representing 22 children) have issues with domestic violence as one of the reasons the children have come into care. Statistics indicate that during an episode of violence children are at high risk of injury or death. Additionally, without intervention, children tend to repeat the behavior they have learned from their parents and those around them. We asked Shellie Ryan, Prevention Advocacy Manager at SafePlace, to talk with us about domestic violence and how we can best help these children and families:
Domestic violence is something that’s often underreported, and the reality is that it is very difficult to leave a relationship that is violent either physically, emotionally, sexually or psychologically.
There are a lot of reasons why a domestic violence survivor may stay in a relationship and not report it, especially when they fear their children will be removed from their home. Sometimes it has to do with wanting to keep providing a two parent home for their children. Read more
Oct 16 2014
The Honorable Darlene Byrne hosted our quarterly Swearing-In Ceremony for 39 CASA volunteers on Tuesday evening. Judge Byrne’s mother joined us for the occasion and inspired her speech to attendees:
I’ve been asked many times, ‘Judge Byrne, how do you keep doing what you do?’ You’re looking at her right over there. I was blessed with the most amazing family network. I knew my grandmas and grandpas, aunts, uncles and cousins. We got together regularly. Tonight my mom and I were talking about that richness of family that weaves a fiber of support. You know people have your back, you absolutely know it to the core of your being. That’s what the kids we serve lack. They so need you to start helping them weave that network and that web of support for them. For many of these kids, often you are the only face that’s a constant. I cannot tell you how critically important that is, how rich that is, how admirable that is… I think you are all incredibly courageous and compassionate and giving. Read more
Sep 26 2014
We want to extend a big thank you to the more than 2,300 superheroes for children who joined us at the 2014 CASA Superhero Run on Sunday, September 21st at the Cedar Park Center!
Fortunately we had some amazing volunteer photographers (plus a very fun photobooth) to capture all of the event day superhero excitement!
We hope you enjoy checking out these photo albums and stayed tuned for video from event day... coming soon! Check out the photos
Aug 27 2014
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
Aug 19 2014
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