7 Million Reasons for Child Welfare Reform - Texas CASA’s 2015 Legislative Successes

7 Million Reasons for Child Welfare Reform - Texas CASA’s 2015 Legislative Successes

Aug 14 2015

With more than 7 million children, Texas has the second-largest child population in the nation – one that is, by itself, larger than the total populations of 37 individual states. This creates enormous challenges for Texas, including an extra responsibility to provide for and protect children and youth who, through no fault of their own, end up in the state’s custody due to abuse or neglect. Read More

Runners We Love: The King Family

Runners We Love: The King Family

Aug 12 2015

For Brian King, Board President at CASA of Williamson County, and his family, the CASA Superhero Run has been a family tradition ever since WilCo joined the event in 2012. “It's been something the whole family looks forward to," and Brian says he and his wife Catherine have watched their three daughters grow up as superheroes.

When they first ran the race dressed as PowerPuff Girls in 2012, Isabelle, Madeline and Jacqueline were 6, 5 and 3, respectively. For them, the race was just a fun day of costumes and activities, but over the years things have changed. They've begun to understand what the race is about.  "The older girls know the reason we are dressing up," explained Brian, "and the reason we tell our friends about CASA is because there are kids who don't have a mom or a dad or family member that can help speak up for them.” And that's not a thing most children their age understand. Read More

The life-changing journey that is CASA

The life-changing journey that is CASA

Jul 30 2015

The journey you are about to go on will in fact be life changing. Certainly for the child that you represent, and I hope for you as well. I think it will be life changing in an awesome way.

We are often so privileged. We have so much. We have a running car. We have a mom and dad who love us and a grandma and grandpa too. We have a community, a network of support around us.  Read More

Runners We Love: Amanda Short

Runners We Love: Amanda Short

Jul 28 2015

"I was so annoying," Amanda Short, one of the top fundraisers of last year's CASA Superhero Run, told me when I asked her key to fundraising success in her first year of the race. "Really, it was just about being incredibly annoying. People must have thought, 'Oh my god, if I donate, she'll stop.'" Read More

Meet Volunteer Advocate Dan Hendrickson

Meet Volunteer Advocate Dan Hendrickson

Jul 23 2015

Dan Hendrickson has always been passionate about helping children in need and his own experiences provide him unique insight into the kids he advocates for. "The only reason I was not in foster care," he maintains, "was because nobody in my community reported the things [my parents] were doing."

Dan, a Sr. Manager of Payments Risk and Controls at eBay, heeded a friend's advice to "take his baggage and do something good with it." Read More