Coming of Age: Strengthening the 50 and older volunteer experience

Coming of Age: Strengthening the 50 and older volunteer experience

Jul 11 2018

When asked why she has stuck with CASA over 17 years and 21 cases, Nancy Ellis said, “I have appreciated that CASA is needed on these cases. CPS and an attorney are just not enough people to look after children who have had such a hard time. I’m there to watch and make sure that everybody is caring for these children. I’m another pair of eyes and ears and another brain to care for these kids. And I feel like the judges in Travis County care about and value our observations.” Read More

Daring to be Diverse: Why Representation in Superhero Pop Culture Matters

Daring to be Diverse: Why Representation in Superhero Pop Culture Matters

Jul 05 2018

It goes without saying that diversity in pop culture is imperative, a notion that Hollywood has only begun to take seriously as of late. It’s especially important for kids in the foster care system to see themselves represented in superhero pop culture; in figures that are represented as heroes of society, as purveyors of a just civilization, as cherished idols of the community.  Read More

A Quiet Celebration: Understanding Reunification

A Quiet Celebration: Understanding Reunification

Jun 26 2018

In honor of National Reunification Month, we are taking a look at family reunification and why it deserves to be celebrated. When a child comes into the care of the State, it is our goal at CASA to help the family and the children attain the services they need to go back home, provided it’s in the child’s best interest. Of the 741 children who CASA of Travis County helped close cases for in 2017, 53% were reunified with their parent(s). Read More

Meet Volunteer Advocate Madelyn Morey

Meet Volunteer Advocate Madelyn Morey

Jun 21 2018

Madelyn Morey has been a CASA volunteer for 13 years, but has been making an impact in children’s lives for most of her life as a mother, a grandmother, and as a high school counselor. “I actually had both of my children as counselees,” laughs Madelyn, “which I’m sure they didn’t particularly enjoy.”

Madelyn studied at Indiana University and went on to complete her Masters in Counseling at Texas A&M. At that time, there were not many women in her Master’s program, especially women who weren’t married. Read More

How CASA Volunteers are Incredible for Kids!

How CASA Volunteers are Incredible for Kids!

Jun 12 2018

It’s been 14 years since Pixar gifted us with The Incredibles, an awesome family of superheroes and an action-packed movie. This year they’re bringing the gang back together for Incredibles 2, and it’s opening this Friday! At CASA, we never encourage our volunteers to be superheroes—it’s not about rushing in to save the day, but instead about the steady, long-term work one can do to improve children’s lives. And it’s often the most subtle and small moments of advocacy that make the biggest difference for kids. But we do love superheroes, so we’re pretty excited about this movie release. As we’re gearing up for our CASA Superhero Run on Sunday, September 16, we wanted to take a moment to celebrate each of the Incredibles family members, and what they have in common with our dedicated CASA volunteers. Read More