Nov 24 2015
I have had the privilege of being a CASA volunteer for 28 years. In that time, I have used my voice to speak up for more than 30 children who’ve been through abuse or neglect.
If you knew me, you would know that being able to use my voice at all is a big deal. When I started volunteering with CASA, I had just undergone throat surgery, a procedure that left me with a paralyzed vocal cord. I have often been concerned the judges couldn’t hear me in court. Read More
Nov 23 2015
How do you distill 24 years of faithful service to kids into one article? All of us at CASA of Travis County are at a loss to put into words what Rozenna Sanders has meant to us over nearly two and a half decades.
Rozenna started volunteering for CASA in 1991, when she felt her career in high-end fashion wasn't fulfilling her. "I'd always had this love for kids and I looked at the system and thought, 'This is really horrible. How can a person make a difference,'" she recounted. Read More
Nov 17 2015
I am not a brave man, but last week, dressed as the Cowardly Lion from The Wizard of Oz, I learned what it means to have courage. November 5th was Adoption Day in Austin and 33 brave families adopted 44 brave children at the Gardner Betts Courthouse. Since all of these families know that there truly is no place like home, members of our staff dressed as the characters from the Wizard of Oz. I was chosen to be the Cowardly Lion, which was fitting because I was terrified. I don't normally work with kids in my job at CASA and I was sure that I was going to do something that ruined this special day for everyone. Read More
Oct 30 2015
One of our favorite things about the CASA Superhero Run is that it provides kids throughout the community with the ability to do something for kids in tougher situations. Getting children involved in philanthropy early is important but it can be difficult, due to issues of liability, confidentiality and the general wellbeing of people served by nonprofits. So what can we do to teach kids the importance of early giving? Read More
Oct 28 2015
October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, an issue that many of the children and youth we serve have faced in some way in their young lives.
Effectively advocating for youth in care means acknowledging they face more trauma than the abuse or neglect that brought them into the system. Focusing only on those issues that landed a child in care overlooks the myriad of other traumas they face, like bullying, LGBTQ issues and poverty. One issue that faces a disproportionate number of children we serve is domestic violence. Read More
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