Meet Volunteer Advocate Karen Manson

Meet Volunteer Advocate Karen Manson

May 24 2016

A self-described "bull in a china closet," Karen Manson is the sort of person who tracks down a high-level CPS administrator because adoption paperwork for her CASA youth is moving too slowly. So when her husband suggested she retire and devote herself to volunteering, she resisted. "I'm not relying on anyone for a paycheck," she said. "I don't want to explain to anybody why I buy fourteen bottles of red nail polish." Read More

An Accidental Volunteer Info Session

An Accidental Volunteer Info Session

May 19 2016

When Nancy Pollard shared an article on her Facebook page, she had no idea it would lead to her hosting an accidental CASA info session. The article, about how a girl in the Dallas child welfare system died after CPS caseworkers failed to follow up on abuse allegations, was originally sent to her by a friend. "Now that I'm a CASA volunteer, people just keep sending me these things,” said Nancy. Read More

High Need for Austin Foster Parents

High Need for Austin Foster Parents

May 17 2016

Like many communities, Austin faces a huge need for more local foster families, especially families willing to take on larger siblings groups or children with high needs, medically or behaviorally. This is why we see many children being placed far away across the state, or in shelters or group homes, or sometimes even sleeping at the CPS offices as opposed to being placed locally with an available family. We talked with CASA’s Chief Program Officer Sarah Christofferson and Director of Advocacy Stephanie Weiss about this issue. Read More

Helping Children Heal from Trauma: The Lessons of Dr. Karyn Purvis

Helping Children Heal from Trauma: The Lessons of Dr. Karyn Purvis

May 12 2016

Now that April and Child Abuse Prevention Month has come to a close, it is important to recognize that, as a community, we do not and cannot prevent all abuse and neglect. At CASA, when we wanted to do better to help those kids who have been abused or neglected heal from the trauma they’d experienced, we turned to Dr. Karyn Purvis, of the TCU Institute of Child Development. Read More

Meet Volunteer Advocate Luigi Gallicchio

Meet Volunteer Advocate Luigi Gallicchio

Apr 29 2016

It took Luigi Gallicchio ten years to sign up for CASA. 

Luigi, who works at Apple, felt his busy schedule was not conducive to the role when a former roommate told him about it, but the idea always resonated with him. "I was looking for something I could have a real, personal impact on, with a direct, tangible result.”  Read More