Child Abuse Prevention Tools from SAFE’s Strong Start Program

Child Abuse Prevention Tools from SAFE’s Strong Start Program

Apr 25 2017

“I could use a little extra support, I’m having a hard time with my 3 year old.”

It was impressive when Abigail Sharp, Senior Director of Child Abuse Prevention at SAFE, shared that they receive a lot of self-referrals to their Strong Start prevention program. It takes a lot of courage to admit you need help with parenting, or that you’re concerned about becoming frustrated and potentially harming your child.  Read More

Confronting Sex Trafficking in Our Community

Confronting Sex Trafficking in Our Community

Apr 18 2017

In the state of Texas, there are nearly 79,000 victims of sex trafficking under the age of 18, according to a study published in January by the Institute on Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault (IDVSA) at the University of Texas. When numbers are that large, it can be difficult to reconcile that each represents a child being exploited through prostitution, pornography or other sexual acts so that a trafficker can profit off of them. It can be difficult to think that this is happening in our country, in our state, in our community. Read More

Meet Volunteer Advocate Becky Dickson

Meet Volunteer Advocate Becky Dickson

Apr 11 2017

"I've always felt called to be engaged and giving of support," said Becky Dickson. For Becky, this took many forms, volunteering at her kids' school, serving as a Deacon with her church and becoming a Stephen Minister. In the Stephen Ministry, she was trained to walk alongside people during difficult times in their lives, such as job loss, death in the family, or divorce, to be an outlet for them and listen without judgment. 

Once her time as a Stephen Minister came to a close, a conversation during bible study at her church compelled her to become a CASA volunteer... Read More

Appreciating the Little Things

Appreciating the Little Things

Apr 06 2017

We can’t possibly appreciate volunteers enough. Our volunteers selflessly give their time and seemingly endless compassion to help give children a better life. Being a CASA volunteer is a difficult job and sometimes it is a thankless one. It’s an important job, though, and volunteers change the lives of children every single day.

Sometimes it’s not easy to see that. Read More

“You don’t get paid to be here. You want to be here.”

“You don’t get paid to be here. You want to be here.”

Apr 04 2017

“I appreciate the work CASA does. Sometimes at the end of the day people are only around because they’re paid to be there. You can feel like just a case number. CASA volunteers are there for you. There are no ulterior motives. They’re there for your best interest and to make sure your voice is heard. To give someone a voice who really needs it is outstanding. I can’t stress enough how important it is... to have someone there who wants to be there and genuinely cares about your wellbeing and that your voice is heard is a spectacular thing.” – Alexis Baska, advocate for youth in foster care with Foster Club Read More