What We’re Into This January

What We’re Into This January

Jan 29 2019

Welcome back to our monthly series of Things We’re Into, an update on everything CASA staff is buzzing about! We’re here as Certified Professional Enthusiasts to kick of the first roundup of 2019 with some ~super~ recommendations on movies, articles, and everything else in recent memory that pertains to our advocacy at CASA.

No need to break your New Year’s Resolution for this indulgence—just sit back and enjoy our vegan, paleo, gluten-free, Whole 30 approved, free-range, incredibly sumptuous recs! Read More

Meet Volunteer Advocate Flor Castellanos

Meet Volunteer Advocate Flor Castellanos

Jan 24 2019

"When I was in middle school, I saw a family go through the adoption process – and I thought to myself, 'I want to do that one day.'"

Originally from Oklahoma, CASA volunteer Flor Castellanos moved to Lubbock, Texas to attend Texas Tech and receive her Bachelor's in German and International Studies. By the time she finished graduate school at UT with her Master's in Educational Psychology, Flor had fallen in love with Austin. Today, she works for the Multicultural Refugee Coalition, training refugees to be interpreters. Read More

Turn a Day of Service into a Life of Impact

Turn a Day of Service into a Life of Impact

Jan 21 2019

Each year, on the third Monday of January, Martin Luther King Jr. is honored by committing a day of service to bettering the community. This year, we challenge you to use your day of service to make a long-term commitment* to advocating for children in the foster care system by becoming a CASA volunteer. After all, Martin Luther King Jr. said, “We must use time creatively, in the knowledge that the time is always ripe to do right.” Read More

What National Thesaurus Day Can Tell Us About CASA

What National Thesaurus Day Can Tell Us About CASA

Jan 18 2019

Today is National Thesaurus Day.

Yes. Even the thesaurus—a book that has sadly been supplanted by the Shift F7 keyboard counterpart—has its own national day.

Doing my part to honor the work of the thesaurus to broaden our vocabulary (and boost the grade level scores on high school essay assignments), I am taking a look at our organization’s name today: Court Appointed Special Advocates, CASA for short. Read More

Advocacy Across the Ages

Advocacy Across the Ages

Jan 15 2019

Childhood can be a varied and tumultuous evolution in a person’s life. It’s safe to say we didn’t have the same wants and needs as a 2-year-old as we did as an 18-year-old. As Court Appointed Special Advocates for children in foster care, we’re advocating for both the needs of toddlers and teenagers, and every age in between.

From baby bottles to graduation caps, age definitely affects how CASA advocates in the courtroom for kids in in the child welfare system. Read More