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
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
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
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
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
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