Aug 24 2017
So I have been a superhero fundraiser for going on 9 years, and I only turned 10 years old this month! I have been supporting and raising money for CASA as long as I can remember, literally! This is a very important cause for my mom and me. She worked as a prosecutor on Child Protective Services cases and saw firsthand what the personal circumstances are for these kids on a day to day basis. A CASA volunteer helps hold their hand to the other side of this. I love helping to put those volunteers in place, because we all need someone to hold our hand even if we are heroes ourselves. Read More
Aug 22 2017
Like any child growing up, I had many dreams, such as going to college, becoming a movie director, marrying the person of my dreams and having a family. After meeting my partner, I realized one of those four things would not come true for me. I would never become a movie director. I never really had the right eye for directing anyway. However, all my other dreams, of being a mother, being a professional and being a wife, are still in my future.
I met my soul mate 3 years ago. My soul mate happens to be a woman. This was not part of the plan I had. Life changes. Love happens. I realize that my future family might look different and that’s okay. I also realize that this is not something I chose, but rather my heart chose for me. It was an adjustment not only for myself but for my family and friends. Read More
Aug 17 2017
Late August and over 100-degree temperatures usually means one thing to a child - the first day of school is right around the corner.
In my early years, back to school season typically commenced in late July when my craving for the smell of new books and Mr. Sketch markers came to a head. For weeks, I would consistently pester my mom about back-to-school shopping until she finally caved and took me to Target. I would plan my outfits weeks in advance, my backpack packed and ready to go at a moment’s notice. Read More
Aug 04 2017
For the Brian family, being a superhero is a job that begins before you even start walking. About to enter their sixth year of the CASA Superhero Run, they started running after Julia stumbled on a Facebook post. She knew that her son, Will, then two years old, was developing a fascination with superheroes, so she signed up. She and Jason ran the race and Will came along in a stroller. They had a great time at the race and Will loved meeting all of the superheroes, but what really sold them on making the CASA Superhero Run a yearly event was someone they met along the way. This woman was an adult now, but had grown up in foster care and was running with the woman who had been her CASA volunteer back when she was a child. Meeting this woman and her former CASA volunteer helped the Brians understand what it was they were running for, and they decided to come back again the next year and for four more after that. Read More
Jul 25 2017
It’s summer in Texas and, as the temperature climbs into triple digits, many of us are dreaming of travelling to chillier climates. By necessity, CASA volunteers learn to balance their plans to visit family or see new cities while still keeping up with their requirements to see the children on their cases face to face a minimum of once per month. They know that keeping up these regular visits allows them to build and maintain a relationship with the children and, sometimes more importantly, gives them the chance to lay eyes on the children, to see that they are healthy and their placement is safe. Read More
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