What is Advocacy?

What is Advocacy?

Feb 04 2016

It can be difficult for us to define what we mean when we say that someone "advocates" for a child. When we think of "advocacy" we often think of political lobbying or campaigning door to door, but the work that Court Appointed Special Advocates do for children in the child welfare system is different and it takes on many forms. An advocate's job is to find the gaps in a child's care and identify what can be done to fill those gaps. There are as many ways to advocate for a child as there are potential gaps in a child's life. Read More

A Name Change that Matters: The Teen Advocacy and Permanency Project

A Name Change that Matters: The Teen Advocacy and Permanency Project

Jan 21 2016

When we began the Transitioning Youth Project (TYP) in 2009, we did so to meet unaddressed needs of kids aging out of the foster care system. A study from Casey Family Programs found that 19.8% of teens who aged out spent some time homeless, that one in three had been arrested, one in four incarcerated and one in five convicted of a crime and that over one-third were living below the poverty line. We knew something had to be done. Read More

Rebel Pais: 28 Years of Advocacy for Children

Rebel Pais: 28 Years of Advocacy for Children

Nov 24 2015

I have had the privilege of being a CASA volunteer for 28 years. In that time, I have used my voice to speak up for more than 30 children who’ve been through abuse or neglect.

If you knew me, you would know that being able to use my voice at all is a big deal. When I started volunteering with CASA, I had just undergone throat surgery, a procedure that left me with a paralyzed vocal cord. I have often been concerned the judges couldn’t hear me in court.  Read More

Farewell Rozenna

Farewell Rozenna

Nov 23 2015

How do you distill 24 years of faithful service to kids into one article? All of us at CASA of Travis County are at a loss to put into words what Rozenna Sanders has meant to us over nearly two and a half decades.

Rozenna started volunteering for CASA in 1991, when she felt her career in high-end fashion wasn't fulfilling her. "I'd always had this love for kids and I looked at the system and thought, 'This is really horrible. How can a person make a difference,'" she recounted.  Read More

How the Lion Found His Courage at Adoption Day

How the Lion Found His Courage at Adoption Day

Nov 17 2015

I am not a brave man, but last week, dressed as the Cowardly Lion from The Wizard of Oz, I learned what it means to have courage. November 5th was Adoption Day in Austin and 33 brave families adopted 44 brave children at the Gardner Betts Courthouse. Since all of these families know that there truly is no place like home, members of our staff dressed as the characters from the Wizard of Oz. I was chosen to be the Cowardly Lion, which was fitting because I was terrified. I don't normally work with kids in my job at CASA and I was sure that I was going to do something that ruined this special day for everyone. Read More