Meet Volunteer Advocate Candace Cronin

Meet Volunteer Advocate Candace Cronin

May 29 2018

First as a foster parent, then as a CASA volunteer, Candace Cronin’s experience has given her a unique and detailed perspective of the child welfare system. Candace describes her involvement with foster care as “a life’s calling.” While her professional life is mostly comprised of management consulting for the Federal government, one of her favorite work projects for the U.S. Children’s Bureau involved training former foster youth on how to share their stories to influence change in government and business. Read More

From Foster Care to CASA Volunteer: A Conversation with Logan Phelps

From Foster Care to CASA Volunteer: A Conversation with Logan Phelps

May 24 2018

“It was pretty bittersweet. I can only imagine how things would’ve turned out differently had I not been in foster care. There were all of these people that came into my life and my two brothers lives just to make sure that we got our needs met,” says Logan of his experience in the foster care system. Read More

Avoiding Conflicts of Interest: Why CASA volunteers can’t be foster parents

Avoiding Conflicts of Interest: Why CASA volunteers can’t be foster parents

May 22 2018

It can be hard to choose which outlet you want to use to help children in our community – from becoming a foster parent, to a respite foster placement, to a CASA volunteer, there are many options available. However, there can be some complications if one chooses to become more than one of these options simultaneously. Read More

Judge Byrne asks volunteers to speak proudly in kids’ best interests!

Judge Byrne asks volunteers to speak proudly in kids’ best interests!

May 02 2018

During our recent Swearing-In Ceremony, The Honorable Darlene Byrne shared her experiences travelling through another state’s court system, and encouraged our CASA volunteers to “bat for the fences” for the kids they serve:

“I recently had the privilege of spending 4 days in Kansas talking about being a trauma-informed court. I learned a lot as I travelled across the state of Kansas." Read More

CASA: Your Foster Parenting Prerequisite

CASA: Your Foster Parenting Prerequisite

May 01 2018

May is National Foster Care Month. If you’re considering becoming a foster parent…thank you! We always need more people in Austin willing to open their homes to kids during a family’s time of need. But becoming a foster parent is a huge step, and not everyone is ready to dive right in.

If that’s where you’re at, consider volunteering with CASA first! Think of CASA as a “prereq” for becoming a foster parent. Today we wanted to explore the lessons that volunteering with CASA can teach you about being a great foster parent. Read More