Finding Courage: Speaking up about race and ethnicity

Finding Courage: Speaking up about race and ethnicity

Sep 20 2018

As we kick off Hispanic Heritage Month, we wanted to let you know about an opportunity to better advocate for Hispanic children, and all children of color, in the foster care system by attending our upcoming Knowing Who You Are (KWYA) training on October 5th and 6th. There is a disproportionate number of Hispanic/Latino children in the child welfare system. In 2017, 51% of the children we served identified as Hispanic/Latino. In comparison, 33.8% of the total Travis County population identified as Hispanic/Latino according to the 2017 US Census Bureau. Read More

Celebrating National Grandparents Day

Celebrating National Grandparents Day

Sep 08 2018

Happy National Grandparents Day! To celebrate, we’ve rounded up some stories about inspiring grandparents and how their love for their grandchildren has shaped the way these children have navigated the foster care system. Read More

Why We Ask for 39 Hours of Intensive Training

Why We Ask for 39 Hours of Intensive Training

Sep 05 2018

On occasion we’re asked about the rigor of our 39-hour training program for new CASA volunteers. Some people suggest we might get more volunteers if training was easier or shorter, and they’re probably right. But we’re not just focused on numbers of volunteers here at CASA of Travis County. It’s vital that we ensure high quality advocacy for children who’ve been through abuse or neglect. We recently asked our staff members why our intensive training program is so important when it comes to bringing in new CASA volunteers, and a few key themes emerged: Read More

Advocating for LGBTQ Youth in Foster Care: A Conversation with PFLAG

Advocating for LGBTQ Youth in Foster Care: A Conversation with PFLAG

Aug 30 2018

LGBTQ youth are overrepresented in foster care. In addition to abuse and neglect, homophobia and transphobia in youth’s homes and social lives can also lead to LGBTQ youth entering the system at a disproportionate rate. According to the National Center for Lesbian Rights, over 30% of LGBT youth reported suffering physical abuse from their family after coming out. Between 20-40% of homeless youth identify as LGBT, according to the National Network of Runaway and Youth Services. Read More

Meet Volunteer Advocate Alix Ramczyk

Meet Volunteer Advocate Alix Ramczyk

Aug 28 2018

Growing up in a large extended family, some of whom are musicians, has influenced Alix Ramczyk’s love of music. Alix was a vocalist in a high-school band made up of friends and later joined another band in college. "Austin was and is a great place to be for that!" Alix points out.

After receiving her Bachelor of Education from the University of Incarnate Word, Alix began her career as a teacher. Today, Alix has switched gears by working for a pharmaceutical research corporation that runs medical study trials. Read More