Documenting the Volunteer Training Experience (continued)

Documenting the Volunteer Training Experience (continued)

Jun 08 2015

The number one complaint CASA supervisors have with volunteers — not turning their reports in time. It causes a major scramble.

This may sound like a small thing, but the judge reads the report the day before the hearing. Only CASA and CPS submit reports.

“It's an awesome opportunity and responsibility,” Trainer Shannon Moreno advised. The best timeline: start the report a month before a hearing. Two weeks before the hearing, give it to the CASA supervisor. The volunteer can update the judge in court if anything comes up after the deadline. Read More

Travis County wins two National CASA Awards of Excellence

Travis County wins two National CASA Awards of Excellence

Jun 04 2015

We are proud to announce that The Honorable Darlene Byrne has been named Judge of the Year and our Family Finding Program has been named a Promising Practice in the National CASA 2015 Awards of Excellence! The awards were announced this past weekend at National CASA's annual conference.  Read More

Summertime and the livin’ is hard?

Summertime and the livin’ is hard?

Jun 03 2015

It hasn't been easy to tell lately, but somewhere between the dreary skies and the thunderstorms, summer snuck up on Travis County. When I began asking our Child Advocacy Specialists about summer for children in the child welfare system, I had a very specific set of ideas in mind of what I'd learn and what I'd write. I figured I would describe my family's yearly trips to Cedar Point and cherry pit spitting contests in the back yard. I expected then that I would contrast that with tough stories I heard about summers for foster children, whose lives unraveled without the stability that school provides. Read More