Building Safety and Security for Kids and Volunteers

Building Safety and Security for Kids and Volunteers

Mar 21 2018

When thinking about becoming a CASA volunteer, you might take a look at the child welfare system you’ll be working in and maybe want to take a step back. Some kids have been physically abused, some families are dealing with domestic violence or substance abuse, a parent may be in jail…you may wonder if this volunteer opportunity is safe.

You’re not alone. We get this question a lot. Read More

Meet Volunteer Advocate Krissy Osborne

Meet Volunteer Advocate Krissy Osborne

Mar 15 2018

Family has always meant a great deal to CASA volunteer Krissy Osborne, especially after moving to Austin as a young adult. Krissy and her two older sisters, who were often mistaken for triplets as children, find reasons to spend time together in their hometown of Houston every chance they can. “As the family continues to grow through marriages and births, we always have something to celebrate and it’s easy to find the time to spend together,” says Krissy. Read More

The Shared Values of Social Work and CASA

The Shared Values of Social Work and CASA

Mar 13 2018

Recently, I was talking with a teen about her career aspirations. This teen had a big and specific dream. I told her I was proud of her, and that it’s okay if she changes her mind. After all, I said, “when I was your age, I didn’t want to be a social worker.”

“Why did you become a social worker?” She asked. “I meet all these people from CASA and CPS, and I wonder how they got there.” Read More

CASA Goes to the Movies! (2018 Edition)

CASA Goes to the Movies! (2018 Edition)

Mar 04 2018

With this year's Oscars behind us, we’ve taken a look at the themes of some of the movies nominated for awards (and a few we wish were nominated) and how they’re relevant to the work we do at CASA. The films released over the past year cover topics including trauma, foster care, diversity, culture, confronting our own biases and more. Here are some of our staff-recommended films of the year: Read More

What You Should Know About Disproportionality

What You Should Know About Disproportionality

Feb 22 2018

Why is the demographic makeup of children in the Travis County child welfare system so different than the demographic makeup of the county? This phenomenon is called disproportionality, meaning that “children from racial and ethnic minority groups may be represented disproportionately in the child welfare system or may receive disparate services” (Child Welfare Information Gateway).

There are higher numbers of children of Black/African-American or Hispanic/Latino descent in the child welfare system nationwide. This disproportionality is due to a number of systemic issues surrounding the rates of reports to Child Protective Services (CPS), poverty and access to services. Read More