What We’re Into This September

What We’re Into This September

Sep 25 2018

Hello and welcome to our inaugural series of Things We’re Into, a monthly update on everything CASA staff is buzzing about! We’re here as Certified Professional Enthusiasts to kick off the series with some ~super~ recommendations on movies, articles, and everything else in recent memory that pertains to our advocacy at CASA.

So sit back with some chips and queso, it’s gonna be a doozy. Read More

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