How the Lion Found His Courage at Adoption Day

How the Lion Found His Courage at Adoption Day

Nov 17 2015

I am not a brave man, but last week, dressed as the Cowardly Lion from The Wizard of Oz, I learned what it means to have courage. November 5th was Adoption Day in Austin and 33 brave families adopted 44 brave children at the Gardner Betts Courthouse. Since all of these families know that there truly is no place like home, members of our staff dressed as the characters from the Wizard of Oz. I was chosen to be the Cowardly Lion, which was fitting because I was terrified. I don't normally work with kids in my job at CASA and I was sure that I was going to do something that ruined this special day for everyone. Read More

A New Generation of Philanthropists

A New Generation of Philanthropists

Oct 30 2015

One of our favorite things about the CASA Superhero Run is that it provides kids throughout the community with the ability to do something for kids in tougher situations. Getting children involved in philanthropy early is important but it can be difficult, due to issues of liability, confidentiality and the general wellbeing of people served by nonprofits. So what can we do to teach kids the importance of early giving? Read More

Advocating for Children Who Have Witnessed Family Violence

Advocating for Children Who Have Witnessed Family Violence

Oct 28 2015

October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, an issue that many of the children and youth we serve have faced in some way in their young lives.

Effectively advocating for youth in care means acknowledging they face more trauma than the abuse or neglect that brought them into the system. Focusing only on those issues that landed a child in care overlooks the myriad of other traumas they face, like bullying, LGBTQ issues and poverty. One issue that faces a disproportionate number of children we serve is domestic violence.  Read More

No one is unadoptable

No one is unadoptable

Oct 20 2015

At CASA of Travis County, we have been privileged enough to witness many unbelieveable adoptions over the years. Adoptions of children who many may have written off as "unadoptable." We've seen families stretch their limits to adopt large sibling groups so that brothers and sisters don't have to be separated. We have seen adoptive parents take on children who've been through a lot of trauma or have special needs knowing there will be lots of hard work and healing that needs to happen. We have even seen 17- and 18-year-old youth be adopted, because you're never too old to need a family.

We're coming up on November and National Adoption Month, so check out this beautiful adoption story for 3 teen boys from You Gotta Believe, a New York City nonprofit dedicated to finding permanent families for young adults, teens, and pre-teens in foster care. Read More

How a weekend of hard work and a box of Star Wars Legos helps kids

How a weekend of hard work and a box of Star Wars Legos helps kids

Sep 29 2015

Wednesday: At 4:14 p.m., there is a soft e-mail chime on my CASA account. There is a new case: could I take it? Court is Monday, only two working days away. For a moment, it feels like an episode from “Mission: Impossible,” and the theme song runs through my head. I start at once, reviewing the legal paperwork for clues about family members, making an initial contact list, and sketching the first branches of a family tree. Read More