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

Super Crafter: How to make an armadillo superhero mask!

Super Crafter: How to make an armadillo superhero mask!

Aug 23 2018

It's a bird...It's a plane...It's Super Armadillo!! With the CASA Superhero Run 5K and Kids 1K coming up on September 16th, we wanted to inspire your DIY superhero costume creation! As part of our annual superhero costume contest we celebrate original superheroes invented by our participants. This year, we've invented some of our own Central Texas superheroes for our 5K bags and our Tek-Tees (for anyone who raises over $100 for kids)! One of our original Central Texas Superheros is our Super Armadillo, and today we're showing you how to create an armadillo superhero mask (or any other original superhero you'd like)! Read More

Weathering the Storm: CASA’s advocacy for kids during Hurricane Harvey

Weathering the Storm: CASA’s advocacy for kids during Hurricane Harvey

Aug 21 2018

A grandmother left without a home, a family's life put on hold, and a teenager stranded. These are the stories all too familiar to those affected by Hurricane Harvey just a year ago, some of them kids that CASA serves.

On August 25, 2017, Texas was ravaged by a storm with devastation that nobody saw coming. Read More

Surrogate Parenting: Next level educational advocacy

Surrogate Parenting: Next level educational advocacy

Aug 16 2018

“We become the special education decision maker. Any child with special education accommodations has to have a parent or a surrogate parent on their team. The school can appoint someone as surrogate parent, but it’s better if CASA does it because we know more about the child and exactly what worked for them in the last school. If they move schools, we move with them.” Senior Teen Advocacy Specialist Melanie Babbit is one of our experts in surrogate parenting, a next level educational advocacy role that CASA volunteers can play for children in need of special education.  Read More