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

Meet Volunteer Advocate Kevin Neuse

Meet Volunteer Advocate Kevin Neuse

Jul 24 2018

Married for 27 years and a father of two, Kevin Neuse has a big heart for kids, especially youth about to age out of the child welfare system.

After completing his degree in Business Management from Texas A&M, Kevin has served as the VP of Operations for several businesses, including his current company, OneWorld Business Finance. Kevin has also served on the board of two foster agencies, Caring Family Network and Depelchin Children’s Center. Read More

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