The CASA Superhero Run has its own origin story

The CASA Superhero Run has its own origin story

May 28 2015

"It's a humbling moment when you realize the currency of success isn't currency," explains Matt Curtin. "It's actually the legacy you leave." Matt counts the creation of the CASA Superhero Run as part of his legacy, his currency of success. Eight years ago, he had an epiphany that even though he enjoyed a rewarding career and a loving family, he needed to do something to help others. He knew the most important lesson he could give his daughters, then four and two, was that "life is about sharing love with other people," but he struggled with finding a cause that he connected with, that he was passionate about. Read More

CASA focused on healing trauma to improve foster care for kids

CASA focused on healing trauma to improve foster care for kids

May 20 2015

“I encounter opportunities to use my TBRI training in my everyday life. With family, friends and strangers. It’s becoming part of how I relate to people. On my CASA cases, I’m more patient, compassionate and aware with both children and parents, watching for the behaviors we’ve learned about. It’s informing everything I do.” - CASA volunteer Faye Jones

As part of National Foster Care Month in May, we wanted to share how CASA is helping to improve the Travis County foster care system through our Trauma-Informed Advocacy initiative. This initiative, launched thanks to our 2014 Impact Austin grant award, is in collaboration with the TCU Institute of Child Development... Read More

Meet Volunteer Advocate Erin Martin

Meet Volunteer Advocate Erin Martin

May 19 2015

Erin Martin is the Executive Director at MEDICO, a nonprofit that provides healthcare and educational services in developing communities in Central America.

Erin attended grad school in New Zealand, where her and her husband Paul had their daughter. Unfortunately their home was severely damaged in the 2011 Christchurch earthquake. Read More

Mayor Adler proclaims May 16 CASA of Travis County Day!

Mayor Adler proclaims May 16 CASA of Travis County Day!

May 16 2015

Whereas, CASA of Travis County is celebrating 30 years of empowering Austin to speak up for children; and,

Whereas, In those 30 years, CASA has been a powerful voice for more than 10,000 children who’ve been through abuse or neglect; and, Read More

Document Volunteer Training: Practicing the Volunteer Role - Gathering Info

Document Volunteer Training: Practicing the Volunteer Role - Gathering Info

May 07 2015

Meeting some real soldiers in the war to help ill-treated kids was a bit intense. I’d heard the system was bad, but this made me think of the military returning from the front with PTSD. Trainer Shannon Moreno presented us a panel of three very professional lawyers from different angles in the courtroom — the state, the parents and the children. As they talked about their average days, they used expressions like wild, insanity and hot mess. “It is very, very difficult work,” said Lori Kennedy of the Office of Parental Representation. The case loads are huge. “There’s just not enough people.” she said. Read More