A Month in the Life of a CASA Volunteer

A Month in the Life of a CASA Volunteer

Nov 29 2017

Many potential volunteers ask us, “What all is involved with being a CASA volunteer?” and while the answer varies from case to case, the 15-20 hours per month spent as a CASA volunteer generally involve a regular set of calls and visits. Here’s an example of what a monthly schedule of a CASA volunteer looks like:

Stella is a 12 year old child who is currently placed with her maternal grandmother. Stella’s CASA volunteer, Heather, was assigned to Stella’s case in March. Read More

Can you help CASA serve kids ages 0-4?

Can you help CASA serve kids ages 0-4?

Nov 15 2017

Today, there are more than 400 children in Travis County Child Protective Services who need CASA’s help. Almost all of them are under the age of 5.

You can change that. 

Currently, we are able to serve all children ages 5 and older. Those children have a dedicated CASA volunteer on their case, focused on their needs... Read More

Meet Volunteer Advocate Jocelyn Lewis

Meet Volunteer Advocate Jocelyn Lewis

Nov 09 2017

Austin native Jocelyn Lewis has devoted her time to helping youth in more ways than one. Aside from working on the same case for two and a half years as a CASA volunteer, Jocelyn works as a Senior Research Specialist for the Texas Juvenile Justice Department, conducting statistical analysis on juvenile probation data. Read More

The Long and Winding (Yellow Brick) Road to Permanency

The Long and Winding (Yellow Brick) Road to Permanency

Nov 07 2017

Forty-four children were adopted into thirty families Thursday morning. Though their journeys in the foster care system have finally come to an end, their pathways to permanency were surely overwhelming.

Just like Dorothy and her motley crew, these children’s yellow brick roads were filled with twists, turns, and unexpected deterrents. These children likely bounced from foster home to foster home, school to school, and across a spectrum of different therapies on their long journeys. Read More

Cultural Connections: The traditions and lessons of Día de los Muertos

Cultural Connections: The traditions and lessons of Día de los Muertos

Oct 30 2017

Día de los Muertos is a vibrant celebration of connection, of remembrance, of cherishing loved ones who’ve passed. The Mexican holiday, which takes place from October 31 to November 2, is celebrated in Central and South America, stateside, and acknowledged around the world. Families and friends gather together and set up altars to remember and pray for deceased loved ones, and to send good wishes for their journeys in the afterlife.

For some members of our staff, Día de los Muertos takes on a special meaning.  Read More