Meet Volunteer Advocate Alix Ramczyk

Meet Volunteer Advocate Alix Ramczyk

Aug 28 2018

Growing up in a large extended family, some of whom are musicians, has influenced Alix Ramczyk’s love of music. Alix was a vocalist in a high-school band made up of friends and later joined another band in college. "Austin was and is a great place to be for that!" Alix points out.

After receiving her Bachelor of Education from the University of Incarnate Word, Alix began her career as a teacher. Today, Alix has switched gears by working for a pharmaceutical research corporation that runs medical study trials. Read More

Super Crafter: How to make an armadillo superhero mask!

Super Crafter: How to make an armadillo superhero mask!

Aug 23 2018

It's a bird...It's a plane...It's Super Armadillo!! With the CASA Superhero Run 5K and Kids 1K coming up on September 16th, we wanted to inspire your DIY superhero costume creation! As part of our annual superhero costume contest we celebrate original superheroes invented by our participants. This year, we've invented some of our own Central Texas superheroes for our 5K bags and our Tek-Tees (for anyone who raises over $100 for kids)! One of our original Central Texas Superheros is our Super Armadillo, and today we're showing you how to create an armadillo superhero mask (or any other original superhero you'd like)! Read More

Weathering the Storm: CASA’s advocacy for kids during Hurricane Harvey

Weathering the Storm: CASA’s advocacy for kids during Hurricane Harvey

Aug 21 2018

A grandmother left without a home, a family's life put on hold, and a teenager stranded. These are the stories all too familiar to those affected by Hurricane Harvey just a year ago, some of them kids that CASA serves.

On August 25, 2017, Texas was ravaged by a storm with devastation that nobody saw coming. Read More

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