Aligned Interests: Alpha Kappa Alpha and CASA

Aligned Interests: Alpha Kappa Alpha and CASA

Feb 13 2018

The Beta Psi Omega chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha has been supporting children in the Austin community and collaborating with CASA of Travis County for more than twelve years.  Read More

Meet Volunteer Advocate Naphtalie Gbolohan

Meet Volunteer Advocate Naphtalie Gbolohan

Feb 06 2018

When Naphtalie Gbolahan first heard about CASA 11 years ago, she knew it was an opportunity she wanted to pursue. A Georgia Tech graduate, Naphtalie had a huge heart for kids, but didn’t know how she would find the time to fully commit to CASA while focusing on her civil engineering career.  Read More

What is the Indian Child Welfare Act?

What is the Indian Child Welfare Act?

Jan 29 2018

Being involved in the child welfare system means becoming familiar with a long list of acronyms. One of these acronyms that affects how the Travis County child welfare court system is run is ICWA – the Indian Child Welfare Act. Here’s a brief history of how this law came to be, and how it influences our court: Read More

Opposite Day: From silly themed day to significant change for youth in foster care

Opposite Day: From silly themed day to significant change for youth in foster care

Jan 25 2018

I will never forget what a young woman who had a CASA volunteer for 8 years once told me as she was nearing her high school graduation and prepping to age out of the system.

I asked her about her next steps and she said, “I was accepted to UTSA (University of Texas at San Antonio) so that’s where I’m going and I plan to major in law and engineering.” Read More

A Lesson from Martin Luther King Jr.

A Lesson from Martin Luther King Jr.

Jan 15 2018

Martin Luther King, Jr.’s impact on philanthropy and social justice will be everlasting. His candor and presence were enough to inspire the country and enact change in a society that was steadfast in it’s prejudice. On the anniversary of his birthday, we’d like to revisit some of MLK Jr.’s most powerful words and use them as guidance in the upcoming year:

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” Read More