Healthy Goodbyes: Why We Leave

Healthy Goodbyes: Why We Leave

Mar 30 2016

At the end of a case, once it is clear that a child is in a safe and healthy permanent home, the CASA volunteer's appointment to the case ends and they say goodbye to the child. While it may seem counterintuitive for yet another supportive adult to leave a child's life, this healthy goodbye is actually the final way that a CASA volunteer acts in the child's best interest.

CASA steps in during what is almost certainly the worst time in a child's life. During this time, much is in flux and their lives are filled with change. Caretakers may change, schools may change, caseworkers may change, attorneys may change, but the CASA volunteers remain a consistent presence and a familiar face the whole time children need them. Once a case is over and children have safely reached permanency, however, the need for CASA ends. If a CASA volunteer remains in a child's life, they become a reminder and an anchor to that time of instability and confusion. Read More

Meet Volunteer Advocate Susy Soltero

Meet Volunteer Advocate Susy Soltero

Mar 24 2016

"Doing this, I've learned to listen more to the children. I've learned to understand them better and I've learned to appreciate them more," said Susy Soltero, a Compliance Officer for the Travis County Tax Office, a mother of two and a grandmother of two. "They are so intelligent and it doesn't matter how old they are. They ask questions that you don't even realize they can ask."  Read More

Building Permanency for Kids: Safety, consistency, normalcy and more

Building Permanency for Kids: Safety, consistency, normalcy and more

Mar 15 2016

From time to time, it is important for organizations to look at the terminology that they use and to ensure that the words we say reflect who we are and what we want to achieve. As we are in the midst of Settlement Week this week, it seemed an apt time for us to focus on the idea of "permanency." Read More

What music means to CASA kids

What music means to CASA kids

Mar 07 2016

With SXSW and Amplify Austin rapidly approaching, it feels like everyone in our city has music on the brain. At CASA of Travis County, we've been thinking about what music means to some of the children we serve.

For one girl in our care, music means community and stability. She was proud to play the trumpet in her school band and, through practices, playing at games and band camps, she built a solid circle of support.  Read More

The Court Calls a CASA! A Tribute to Dr. Seuss

The Court Calls a CASA! A Tribute to Dr. Seuss

Mar 02 2016

In the county of Travoodle,
In the Lone Springle State,
Where the hippies were dippy,
And the music played late. Read More