Welcome to 2015 and 2 Big Milestones for CASA

Jan 15 2015

By Laura Wolf

2015 is a big year: CASA of Travis County turns 30 this year! Since we were born in 1985, we've been empowering the Austin community to speak up for children who’ve been abused or neglected.

Like any big milestone, this is cause for both celebration and reflection. We will be proud to recognize, commemorate and appreciate all the people --- volunteers, Board members, Judges, supporters, professional staff, community partners and friends --- who have been with us along this journey and who have helped achieve so many important milestones possible along the way (The most recent milestones include the launch of our Drug Court, Transitioning Youth, Trauma-Informed Advocacy and Family Finding programs, as well as the tremendously successful switch to the Superhero Run theme for our 5K). We will be celebrating all of you throughout this year in big and small ways. We are grateful to you every day.

We also want to reflect upon the individual and unique children in Austin we have served over the last 30 years. As of 2015, we have officially reached the milestone of advocating for more than 10,000 children. Ten thousand children and youth who, despite the trauma and challenges they experienced, had a better chance of reaching safe permanent homes and brighter futures because they had the powerful voice of CASA to speak up for them. You have been that powerful voice for these children. On their behalf, we say thank you.

As we embark on our 30th Anniversary year, we are serving 82% of the children who need us. As we look toward our next major milestone five years from now, we want, and we know that you also want, to be able to talk about how we've served 100% of the children who have been abused and neglected in Austin. We will need your help more than ever to achieve this vision and we'll spend time this year describing the ways you can help.

But for now, let's celebrate 30 years of empowering the Austin community to speak up for children who've been abused or neglected. We are eager to reconnect with old friends and to recommit to our mission!

Throughout 2015 we’re going to be asking a lot of our friends to share with us, in just 30 seconds, what makes CASA so important to them. To kick this off, we’d like to introduce The Honorable Darlene Byrne to share why CASA matters to her: