No one is unadoptable

No one is unadoptable

Oct 20 2015

At CASA of Travis County, we have been privileged enough to witness many unbelieveable adoptions over the years. Adoptions of children who many may have written off as "unadoptable." We've seen families stretch their limits to adopt large sibling groups so that brothers and sisters don't have to be separated. We have seen adoptive parents take on children who've been through a lot of trauma or have special needs knowing there will be lots of hard work and healing that needs to happen. We have even seen 17- and 18-year-old youth be adopted, because you're never too old to need a family.

We're coming up on November and National Adoption Month, so check out this beautiful adoption story for 3 teen boys from You Gotta Believe, a New York City nonprofit dedicated to finding permanent families for young adults, teens, and pre-teens in foster care. Read More

How a weekend of hard work and a box of Star Wars Legos helps kids

How a weekend of hard work and a box of Star Wars Legos helps kids

Sep 29 2015

Wednesday: At 4:14 p.m., there is a soft e-mail chime on my CASA account. There is a new case: could I take it? Court is Monday, only two working days away. For a moment, it feels like an episode from “Mission: Impossible,” and the theme song runs through my head. I start at once, reviewing the legal paperwork for clues about family members, making an initial contact list, and sketching the first branches of a family tree. Read More

Meet Volunteer Advocate Amy Ray

Meet Volunteer Advocate Amy Ray

Sep 22 2015

"We're called to love others, and this kind of my way to do that," says Amy Ray, about volunteering with CASA. Amy, a nurse practitioner, is a former triathlete who scaled back to just running after her training schedule cut into family time with her husband, cat and lab puppy. One thing she won't scale back, though, is volunteering, which she does with CASA and also Mobile Loaves and Fishes and at a soup kitchen in Bastrop. Read More

Advocating for LGBTQ Youth

Advocating for LGBTQ Youth

Aug 27 2015

I don't know how I would have made it through growing up gay without supportive parents and a community that stood up for my needs. LGBTQ kids in the foster care system, many of whom end up in care after being abused or kicked out of their homes because of their orientation or gender identity, aren't granted any of those advantages. We don't have a single residential treatment center that is specifically designed to meet the needs of LGBTQ youth in Texas.  Read More

What Spiderman, Superman, the X-Men and CASA kids have in common

What Spiderman, Superman, the X-Men and CASA kids have in common

Aug 18 2015

We have always believed in the CASA Superhero Run motto – “Every child needs a hero but abused children need superheroes.” CASA volunteers are true superheroes for children in our community who’ve been abused or neglected. But over the 6 years we've hosted the CASA Superhero Run, we’ve learned a lot more about superhero characters and how much they have in common with the children we serve, not just with our volunteer advocates.

The majority of kids’ cases we help to close end in family reunification – 52% of the cases last year to be exact. If you watched the 2011 Thor film, or read the 1968 comic Thor #159, you’ll remember that Thor was kicked out of Asgard and banished to Earth by his father Odin. Eventually, Thor was reunified with his family after his time apart from them.

The second highest number of closed cases ended with.. Read More