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
Feb 19 2018
John Berkowitz believes that we all have superpowers, and among his own superpowers are the ability to identify people’s strengths and then to organize talented people into building big, successful ventures. He does this by believing in a vision for what is possible, even long before there is any credible evidence to support that vision. These might just be the superpowers CASA needs in a year with the highest volunteer recruitment goals ever!
John takes on the role of Board President after 5 years of serving on CASA’s board of directors. His interest in leadership began many years before CASA, however. In high school, he served as Class President, captained two of his sports teams and was always involved in community service. Read More
Feb 06 2018
When Naphtalie Gbolahan first heard about CASA 11 years ago, she knew it was an opportunity she wanted to pursue. A Georgia Tech graduate, Naphtalie had a huge heart for kids, but didn’t know how she would find the time to fully commit to CASA while focusing on her civil engineering career. Read More
Jan 29 2018
Being involved in the child welfare system means becoming familiar with a long list of acronyms. One of these acronyms that affects how the Travis County child welfare court system is run is ICWA – the Indian Child Welfare Act. Here’s a brief history of how this law came to be, and how it influences our court: Read More
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