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

National Book Lovers Day: CASA’s Top Reads

National Book Lovers Day: CASA’s Top Reads

Aug 09 2018

Today is National Book Lovers Day! In honor of the holiday, we at CASA have decided to celebrate by recommending some of our favorite reads that we’ve torn through in this past year. From child psychology to coping with trauma, these books shed some light on the topics we repeatedly deal with at CASA of Travis County when we’re advocating for kids in the child welfare system. Read More

Meet Our 2018 CASA Superhero Run Kid’s Council Members!

Meet Our 2018 CASA Superhero Run Kid’s Council Members!

Aug 07 2018

Small, but mighty. Meet our super Kid’s Council Members, helping us make sure the CASA Superhero Run runs smoothly! Each member of the Kid’s Council has committed to supporting the CASA Superhero Run this year by personally fundraising and building awareness for CASA in their communities. Read More

In Foster Care or on the Border, All Children Deserve Advocates

In Foster Care or on the Border, All Children Deserve Advocates

Jul 30 2018

I’ve tried to start writing this article many times and have come up blank. It seems like it should be pretty easy to make a connection between the horrors that are happening at the US-Mexico border right now and CASA’s work, right?

The similarities: children and families experiencing trauma. Our work at CASA is almost entirely driven by this simple yet profoundly complicated reality. Read More

Stepping Up to the Plate: Encouraging men to advocate for kids

Stepping Up to the Plate: Encouraging men to advocate for kids

Jul 26 2018

At a recent CASA Volunteer Swearing-In Ceremony, The Honorable Darlene Byrne highlighted the obvious gender imbalance among our volunteers.

The volunteers lined up, one by one, to shake Judge Byrne’s hand and receive their Swearing-In Certificate. As the first man graced the stage, Judge Byrne paused and turned to the audience of proud family members and friends. “What is different about this volunteer?” she asked the crowd. Read More