Top 10 Reasons to Volunteer with CASA: 2017 Edition

Top 10 Reasons to Volunteer with CASA: 2017 Edition

Jul 19 2017

Years ago in one of our earliest blog posts, former CASA volunteer Marissa Marquez shared her "Top 10 Reasons to be a CASA Volunteer." This was her countdown:

10 - To add experience in your resume
9 - To develop people skills & communication skills
8 - To develop new job skills
7 - To have fun!
6 - Allows you to explore possible career paths
5 - To build on your self-esteem and self-confidence Read More

Runners We Love: Christophe Ponsart and the Team at OnPrem

Runners We Love: Christophe Ponsart and the Team at OnPrem

Jul 13 2017

On September 18th, 2016, Christophe Ponsart put on a green and yellow body suit and headed to the Domain for the CASA Superhero Run. It was a plan that was set into motion months earlier when the Outreach Pod, the team of staff members at his office who also plan activities to build a positive office culture, approached him. They had an idea for fundraising that involved transforming him into Michelangelo, the Ninja Turtle.

OnPrem, where Christophe is a Founding Partner, is a consulting and software development firm, which opened an Innovation and Development Center in Austin three years ago. True to form, the Outreach Pod approached fundraising in the most consultant way possible. Read More

In Pursuit of “Independence”

In Pursuit of “Independence”

Jul 03 2017

We like to think of ourselves as independent. We wake ourselves up, drive ourselves to our grown-up jobs and do our own laundry. We floss, or if we don’t floss we make our own appointments at the dentist. This weekend some of us even managed to go grocery shopping before our cupboards were entirely bare. In short, we are “independent” adults.

It’s not until something goes wrong that we realize just how very interdependent we are. This morning I helped a colleague whose email stopped syncing to her phone. I emailed a friend to ask for advice on buying a new laptop. When situations get particularly dire, I call my dad. And heaven forbid I get a flat tire, because I might as well just abandon the car and start over. Still, I’m “independent.” Read More

Meet Volunteer Advocate Texanna Turner

Meet Volunteer Advocate Texanna Turner

Jun 28 2017

Texanna Turner knew she would be a special education teacher ever since the second grade. That’s when she first saw reports that public schools would begin enrolling children with developmental disabilities.

As the eleventh of thirteen children in northeast Arkansas, her path to earning her master’s degree and becoming a middle school principal wasn’t easy, but she could always rely on her family’s support. “We were a poor family but we learned how to take care of each other,” she says. “My older siblings took care of us. I knew I could do that for others and that’s always what guided me.” Read More

Seeing the Whole Picture by Working with a Child’s Family

Seeing the Whole Picture by Working with a Child’s Family

Jun 21 2017

“Without understanding where a child comes from, you don’t see the whole picture of that child’s life,” explains Child Advocacy Specialist Diana McCue. To that end, CASA starts every case by working with the people who know best where a child came from, the family. Starting with the Early Family Engagement process, a substantial aspect of CASA’s role is to gather history and information from immediate and extended families of children on a case and to nurture bonds between the family and children. Our primary goal on a case is to reunify families, when it is safe and in the child’s best interest, and that means working with them to identify and meet their needs so that they can safely parent. In the instances that we can reunify, engaging extended family provides a support system during this difficult time and beyond. If reunification is not possible, we turn to the extended family as our first and best option for healthy placement and connection. Read More