Aug 18 2016
Legally, there is no such thing as educational neglect. It is, quite simply, not a recognized type of child abuse. Education is necessary for finding the best outcomes for youth, but when it comes to finding children shelter and food and parents, education tends to fall to the bottom of the list and then to fall through the cracks. Read More
Aug 04 2016
When Lucky Cantu was two years old, she pointed to the television, where Fiddler on the Roof was playing, and asked, "How can I do that?" She didn't stop asking until her mother, Norma, found a theater class that would take kids as young as Lucky. She still has that same drive, acting in plays, movies and commercials, starring in big roles like the Wicked Witch of the West, Willy Wonka and Cindy-Lou Who. And she hasn't turned nine yet.
That's just who Lucky is, curious, tenacious and gifted with unparalleled energy and drive to accomplish the things she cares about. Every year she has five Halloween costumes, from Audrey Hepburn to Gene Simmons to Frida Kahlo. She has learned Mandarin ("My mom gave up learning with me the first week. I kept correcting her," she said), takes Tae Kwon Do six days a week, attends film and dance camps and has already started going on college visits. Lucky Cantu is impressive.
But even more striking than her many accomplishments is Lucky's desire to help others. Every year she invites friends to come to her house to make bags of food to hand out to the homeless. At her Tae Kwon Do studio in her position as a Junior Leader, "Master Lucky" helps teach the younger kids. Read More
Jul 27 2016
Alisa De Luna has recently joined the staff of CASA of Travis County as our Senior Director of Community Initiatives. She previously served as the Executive Director of CASA of Williamson County, where she led this growing program for 5½ years.
I have always had a passion for working with children, and I knew that my career would eventually lead me there... Read More
Jul 21 2016
"I had really great examples of what it means to be a decent human," says Jenni Jablonski, a cyclist, mother of 8 rabbits ("We're the crazy bunny family," she laughs) and CASA volunteer. Her grandparents adopted her aunt and uncle from foster care, so Jenni grew up surrounded by family stories of the joys and struggles of raising children from hard places. She learned from her family the quality she finds most important on her two CASA cases, perseverance when things get hard. "It's about not giving up," she explains. "They've had enough bad things in their life. They don't need another person giving up on them, too." Read More
Jul 14 2016
Today is happy-sad at CASA of Travis County as, after 10 years of dedicated service, we bid a fond farewell to Sonia Kotecha, our Director of Community and Strategic Initiatives. Sonia is moving to Washington D.C. for an exciting new opportunity, and while we celebrate her achievements here and the new work she'll be able to do in DC, we are also sad to see her go. Read More
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