Happy National Read a Book Day!

Happy National Read a Book Day!

Sep 06 2017

Happy National Read a Book Day!

Whether you’re a diligent reader or an aspiring bookworm, here are some tried and true titles about the child welfare system and surrounding topics recommended to you by members of our staff.

Melanie Babbitt, Senior Teen Advocacy Specialist, recommends To the End of June: The Intimate Life of American Foster Care by Chris Beam. This nonfiction piece discusses the trials and tribulations of being a foster parent, complete with personal experiences that put what is going on in the American foster care system into perspective. Read More

Super Outfits for Superheroes: DIY Costume Ideas

Super Outfits for Superheroes: DIY Costume Ideas

Aug 31 2017

It’s almost September, which means our annual CASA Superhero Run is just around the corner!

From Wonder Woman to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, don’t stress about costume ideas with these easy DIYs for both kids and the whole team. Read More

Lucky Cantu Shares Her Secrets to 9 Years of Superhero Fundraising

Lucky Cantu Shares Her Secrets to 9 Years of Superhero Fundraising

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

Creating a World of Support and Respect for LGBTQ Youth

Creating a World of Support and Respect for LGBTQ Youth

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

Educational Advocacy Tips to Start the School Year Right for Kids

Educational Advocacy Tips to Start the School Year Right for Kids

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