Building a Community’s Resources: Preventing Child Abuse and Neglect in Your Community, Part 2

Building a Community’s Resources: Preventing Child Abuse and Neglect in Your Community, Part 2

Apr 20 2016

The Honorable Darlene Byrne recently wrote an op-ed for the Statesman on the crisis in the Texas foster care system. In it she called upon members of the public to help, encouraging them to “call upon our legislators and other state leaders to invest in programs that keep kids out of foster care or shorten their stays in out-of-home care. These include mental health services for children and their parents, parent education such as home-visiting programs, quality drug treatment, educational support for children and families, affordable housing, a robust and diverse transportation system and family nutrition.” Read More

Breaking the Stigma, Ending the Isolation: Preventing Child Abuse & Neglect Part 1

Breaking the Stigma, Ending the Isolation: Preventing Child Abuse & Neglect Part 1

Apr 07 2016

At CASA, we step into a child’s life after alleged abuse or neglect has been investigated and a case has been opened with Child Protective Services. There would be nothing better for our community, state and country than if CASA wasn’t needed, and if kids didn’t suffer from neglect or abuse.

So today, during National Child Abuse Prevention Month, we’re starting a series of blog posts taking a look at prevention, and what we can each do in our own community to help keep children and families healthy, safe, and together. Read More

Healthy Goodbyes: Why We Leave

Healthy Goodbyes: Why We Leave

Mar 30 2016

At the end of a case, once it is clear that a child is in a safe and healthy permanent home, the CASA volunteer's appointment to the case ends and they say goodbye to the child. While it may seem counterintuitive for yet another supportive adult to leave a child's life, this healthy goodbye is actually the final way that a CASA volunteer acts in the child's best interest.

CASA steps in during what is almost certainly the worst time in a child's life. During this time, much is in flux and their lives are filled with change. Caretakers may change, schools may change, caseworkers may change, attorneys may change, but the CASA volunteers remain a consistent presence and a familiar face the whole time children need them. Once a case is over and children have safely reached permanency, however, the need for CASA ends. If a CASA volunteer remains in a child's life, they become a reminder and an anchor to that time of instability and confusion. Read More

Meet Volunteer Advocate Susy Soltero

Meet Volunteer Advocate Susy Soltero

Mar 24 2016

"Doing this, I've learned to listen more to the children. I've learned to understand them better and I've learned to appreciate them more," said Susy Soltero, a Compliance Officer for the Travis County Tax Office, a mother of two and a grandmother of two. "They are so intelligent and it doesn't matter how old they are. They ask questions that you don't even realize they can ask."  Read More

Building Permanency for Kids: Safety, consistency, normalcy and more

Building Permanency for Kids: Safety, consistency, normalcy and more

Mar 15 2016

From time to time, it is important for organizations to look at the terminology that they use and to ensure that the words we say reflect who we are and what we want to achieve. As we are in the midst of Settlement Week this week, it seemed an apt time for us to focus on the idea of "permanency." Read More