Introducing Board President John Berkowitz

Introducing Board President John Berkowitz

Feb 19 2018

John Berkowitz believes that we all have superpowers, and among his own superpowers are the ability to identify people’s strengths and then to organize talented people into building big, successful ventures. He does this by believing in a vision for what is possible, even long before there is any credible evidence to support that vision. These might just be the superpowers CASA needs in a year with the highest volunteer recruitment goals ever!

John takes on the role of Board President after 5 years of serving on CASA’s board of directors. His interest in leadership began many years before CASA, however. In high school, he served as Class President, captained two of his sports teams and was always involved in community service. Read More

Aligned Interests: Alpha Kappa Alpha and CASA

Aligned Interests: Alpha Kappa Alpha and CASA

Feb 13 2018

The Beta Psi Omega chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha has been supporting children in the Austin community and collaborating with CASA of Travis County for more than twelve years.  Read More

Meet Volunteer Advocate Naphtalie Gbolohan

Meet Volunteer Advocate Naphtalie Gbolohan

Feb 06 2018

When Naphtalie Gbolahan first heard about CASA 11 years ago, she knew it was an opportunity she wanted to pursue. A Georgia Tech graduate, Naphtalie had a huge heart for kids, but didn’t know how she would find the time to fully commit to CASA while focusing on her civil engineering career.  Read More

What is the Indian Child Welfare Act?

What is the Indian Child Welfare Act?

Jan 29 2018

Being involved in the child welfare system means becoming familiar with a long list of acronyms. One of these acronyms that affects how the Travis County child welfare court system is run is ICWA – the Indian Child Welfare Act. Here’s a brief history of how this law came to be, and how it influences our court: Read More

Opposite Day: From silly themed day to significant change for youth in foster care

Opposite Day: From silly themed day to significant change for youth in foster care

Jan 25 2018

I will never forget what a young woman who had a CASA volunteer for 8 years once told me as she was nearing her high school graduation and prepping to age out of the system.

I asked her about her next steps and she said, “I was accepted to UTSA (University of Texas at San Antonio) so that’s where I’m going and I plan to major in law and engineering.” Read More