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

A Lesson from Martin Luther King Jr.

A Lesson from Martin Luther King Jr.

Jan 15 2018

Martin Luther King, Jr.’s impact on philanthropy and social justice will be everlasting. His candor and presence were enough to inspire the country and enact change in a society that was steadfast in it’s prejudice. On the anniversary of his birthday, we’d like to revisit some of MLK Jr.’s most powerful words and use them as guidance in the upcoming year:

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” Read More

A Voice that Trembles is Better than No Voice at All

A Voice that Trembles is Better than No Voice at All

Jan 10 2018

At CASA of Travis County, we speak up for children who’ve been abused or neglected. This means that one of the main requirements of a CASA volunteer is to occasionally speak to a judge in front of a courtroom full of people. While it’s imperative that CASA volunteers use their voice to speak up for children – the act of public speaking can be a fear for many. One of the reasons those interested in becoming a CASA volunteer are hesitant to apply is due to their fear of public speaking. Read More

Meet Volunteer Advocate Brendan Goodrich

Meet Volunteer Advocate Brendan Goodrich

Jan 05 2018

Brendan Goodrich knew that his grandmother was a CASA volunteer, but it wasn’t until he volunteered with CASA himself that he truly understood the depth of her role in children’s lives. Brendan remembers attending her funeral as a child more than ten years ago. “People had sent in letters about how she’d been a great support to them,” says Brendan. “It was something I always had in the back of my mind, this cool thing my grandmother had done.”  Read More