Meet Volunteer Advocate Sarvesh Rajasekaran

Meet Volunteer Advocate Sarvesh Rajasekaran

Dec 13 2017

Sarvesh moved to Austin two and a half years ago for the live music scene, but what he didn't expect to get was a new worldview.

Sarvesh grew up in St. Louis and went to school at The University of Michigan for computer engineering before packing his bags and making the trek to Texas. Read More

A Month in the Life of a CASA Volunteer

A Month in the Life of a CASA Volunteer

Nov 29 2017

Many potential volunteers ask us, “What all is involved with being a CASA volunteer?” and while the answer varies from case to case, the 15-20 hours per month spent as a CASA volunteer generally involve a regular set of calls and visits. Here’s an example of what a monthly schedule of a CASA volunteer looks like:

Stella is a 12 year old child who is currently placed with her maternal grandmother. Stella’s CASA volunteer, Heather, was assigned to Stella’s case in March. Read More

Can you help CASA serve kids ages 0-4?

Can you help CASA serve kids ages 0-4?

Nov 15 2017

Today, there are more than 400 children in Travis County Child Protective Services who need CASA’s help. Almost all of them are under the age of 5.

You can change that. 

Currently, we are able to serve all children ages 5 and older. Those children have a dedicated CASA volunteer on their case, focused on their needs... Read More

Meet Volunteer Advocate Jocelyn Lewis

Meet Volunteer Advocate Jocelyn Lewis

Nov 09 2017

Austin native Jocelyn Lewis has devoted her time to helping youth in more ways than one. Aside from working on the same case for two and a half years as a CASA volunteer, Jocelyn works as a Senior Research Specialist for the Texas Juvenile Justice Department, conducting statistical analysis on juvenile probation data. Read More

The Long and Winding (Yellow Brick) Road to Permanency

The Long and Winding (Yellow Brick) Road to Permanency

Nov 07 2017

Forty-four children were adopted into thirty families Thursday morning. Though their journeys in the foster care system have finally come to an end, their pathways to permanency were surely overwhelming.

Just like Dorothy and her motley crew, these children’s yellow brick roads were filled with twists, turns, and unexpected deterrents. These children likely bounced from foster home to foster home, school to school, and across a spectrum of different therapies on their long journeys. Read More