CASA of Travis County speaks up for children who’ve been abused or neglected by empowering our community to volunteer as advocates for them in the court system.
"With CASA, you have the ability to take action and make change." This #PresidentsDay we're introducing you to our 2020 leadership, Board Chair Meghan Elwell: #PresidentsDay2020
"At CASA, we are working every day to increase our knowledge, understanding and capabilities around race, equity, inclusion and anti-racism work." Director of Volunteer Admissions Alejandro Victoria shares how he's seen CASA grow in our latest blog post:
What's CASA into this February? @navarro_cheer @LittleWomen and more movies, books and podcasts! Check out our last blog post at
"The biggest thing is showing them that I am there to listen, not judge." Get to know Volunteer Advocate Jon Drew in our latest blog post: #volunteeraustin #volunteeratx #austingives #atxgives #advocate #childadvocate
January is #nationalmentoringmonth, and while our volunteers are NOT mentors, we want to make sure you know our favorite mentors at @bigmentoring, @friendsnational -Austin, and @SeedlingMentors #mentoringmonth #beamentor
"I have the privilege of making sure she is treated fairly as a child of color." This MLK Day, volunteer Elizabeth Marks shares how she helps children of color in child welfare: #MLK #IHaveADream #MLKDay #MartinLutherKingJr #MartinLutherKing
Every day we’re in court an email goes out to our staff saying: “I’m with you.” This might be an alternative tagline for us, because a CASA volunteer is that person who is there with a child throughout their entire CPS case. Learn more on our blog:
Making friends, learning and growing, and having a real impact in your community... sounds like your New Year's resolution should definitely be becoming a volunteer advocate! Check out our top three reasons to volunteer with CASA in 2020:
Whether it's joining the crowds at the theatre to enjoy #StarWars #TheRiseofSkywalker, watching HBO's documentary Finding the Way Home, or reading Ann Patchett's "The Dutch House", we may have an option for you to start the year off!
"John and Debbie recommend looking into the co-CASA role if you want to make a difference in a larger family, and/or if you want to volunteer with a good friend or spouse."
On any given day, there are nearly 443,000 kids living away from home. The holidays can be a difficult time for kids in the child welfare system. Learn more about CASA's commitment to children in today's blog.
Are you as obsessed with #babyyoda as our staff is this month? Join us for our final installment of our "What We're Into" series, but don't worry we'll be back in January! We hope you enjoy the holidays and the great content ahead!
It’s #GivingTuesday and we’d like to invite you to provide the powerful voice of a volunteer advocate for a child in need. Best of all, your donation will be DOUBLED by a generous local family! #donate
We see first-hand the importance of maintaining a connection with our cultural traditions, especially for children who are a part of the child welfare system. In today's blog, we feature our staff and their favorite food traditions during the holidays!
"The biggest thing that a CASA volunteer brings is their time," says volunteer Angela Duley. "Taking the time to advocate, to ask for what's needed, to call attention to that child."
RT @TexasCASA: Domestic violence plays a role in many child welfare cases, and it's essential for CASA to know best practices for advocatin…
🎉Join us in celebrating the relatives who became parents at #AdoptionDay2019! Every single one of the 11 cases that CASA was appointed to involved relatives adopting their family members, and keeping kids connected to their family and their community.
Due to the weather, our training Class 7 will be delayed until 10:00 am today, and will last until 1:30 pm. Please drive safe this morning!
A news article discussing a statewide study in connection with CASA was recently released. You can find information specific to Travis County here:…
Whether you’re soaring the skies, hitting the road, or enjoying the holidays from the comfort of your home, we encourage you to take advantage of all that travel time by checking out our list of recommendations featuring #Harriet, #Watchmen and more!
October is #NationalDomesticViolenceAwarenessMonth and we invite you to learn more about how CASA encourages volunteers to challenge assumptions about domestic violence from leading community activist and Chief Program Officer, Emily LeBlanc.
The #holiday season is in full swing! Some of us are getting ready for spooky activities 🎃, getting our bellies full 🦃, or caroling🎄, but we want to take a moment to highlight some other festive celebrations from across the world🌎! Read our blog.
In October of 1999, Lydia joined the staff team at CASA of Travis County as a volunteer supervisor. A few years later she transitioned into her current role of Training Director. This month, we have the honor of celebrating her 20th anniversary at CASA.
We've have great recommendations for you this October🍂. Grab your favorite pumpkin spice drink ☕️ and enjoy some CASA suggestions featuring #Unbelievable by @netflix , a good read by @crishenriquez and a Spanish podcast by @NPR called @radioambulante.…
A HUGE thanks to our volunteers from @AkinsAISD for their incredible support at this year's #SuperheroRun. Thank you for supporting kids in foster care! @AISD_CTE @AkinsSSA @AkinsTAFE…
"When I was told about my first case, I was a little scared. I asked my supervisor, 'Why did you pick me for this? I'm new!' I'll always remember her answer: 'CASA believes... You are going to be a role model to a young man who has never had one.'
"We see first-hand the struggles that some children face when they try to reconcile their own identities after being removed from the homes, families, lives, and sometimes languages, they know." Learn more in today's blog. #HispanicHeritageMonth
Did you know that 30% of the children served by CASA are ages 0-4? 👶 This #BabySafetyMonth we want to share some #TuesdayTips for new parents and guardians!
September is #NationalBabySafetyMonth 👶and @Walmart is offering an opportunity for you to trade-in your current car seat for a newer one! Tag your friends and share! #FeelGoodFriday
@ChikageWeather That’s awesome! We loved having y’all there!…
RT @jjnoyola: Coach Emily’s Team representing @roguerunning supporting our @CASATravis Superhero 5k.
📣 SURPRISE ANNOUNCEMENT!📣 A generous superhero CASA volunteer has just offered a last-minute $5,000 match! 2019 CASA Superhero Run donations will be doubled for the next 24 hours. Don't miss out on giving 5K for the 5K! Donate at
We are super excited that you’re joining us on Sunday! @ChikageWeather @cbsaustin…
We can’t wait to see you there @EricaDLSTech!!!! Thanks for sharing, @mrbutler629. ❤️…
Where would #Batman be without #Robin? #Rocket without #Groot? CASA without you? RIGHT NOW you can double your superpowers for kids. A generous family foundation has offered a $10,000 match in honor of our tenth anniversary of the CASA #SuperheroRun‼️
RT @Do512Family: There's still time to register for this Sunday's 10th Annual @CASATravis Superhero Run 5K and Kids 1K where you can be a s…
We've seen so many different traditions over the past decade at the CASA #SuperheroRun. A newer tradition is the addition of “John’s Justice League,” a team celebrating the life of John Miessner who passionately pursued justice for children with no voice.
🚨 #WakandaForever, but these low prices are not!🚨Sign up for the 2019 CASA Superhero Run and be a hero for a kid in foster care! Don't miss out on your opportunity to chase villains, rock climb, conquer an obstacle course, and so much more! Prices go up tonight at midnight!…
We are days away from our #SuperheroRun and we need your support to reach our $95,000 goal that provides a dedicated CASA volunteer to nearly 2,700 kids in foster care across 6 counties. Use your strength and donate today! @CASACentex @CASAWILCO
Welcome back to our monthly series of things we’re into, an update on everything CASA staff is buzzing about! We can all agree that it’s been a hot summer so far, so we’ve gathered a few selections that you can enjoy indoors without breaking a sweat!
Meet a four-legged hero 🐶❤️ at CASA's #SuperheroRun thanks to our friends at @austinhumane! Best of all, they are available for #adoption! Don't miss all the festival activities, free giveaways, and fun that gives back. Can't make it? Spread the news! @CASAWILCO @CASACentex
RT @fox7austin: The @CASATravis Superhero Run is set for 9/15. @DaveFonFOX7 got details on the event which has been going on for more than…
"My colleagues on the staff at CASA are some of the people I admire most in the world... Their dedication to what's best for kids and to supporting volunteers is inspiring. And they are brave and funny at the same time." - Laura Wolf, CEO. We ❤️our staff! #laborday
⚡️FLASH SALE!⚡️ Early bird pricing for the CASA #SuperheroRun ends today, plus if you register before 11 AM you could win a $50 @roguerunning gift card! Your participation gives a child the dedicated voice of a CASA volunteer. @CASAWILCO @CASACentex
And the winner is... Lisa D.👏🎉🎊 Congratulations!!! Thank you ALL for registering and supporting kids in foster care. We are looking forward to seeing you all at the CASA Superhero Run!
⚡️FLASH SALE!⚡️ Early bird pricing for the CASA #SuperheroRun ends today, plus if you register before 11 AM you could win a $50 Rogue Running gift card! Your participation gives a child the dedicated voice of a CASA volunteer. @CASAWILCO @CASACentex
Reveal your artistic super powers at this year's #SuperheroRun in our first-ever interactive graffiti wall inspired by @SpiderVerse thanks to our friends @HopeCampaign . Don't miss your opportunity to help kids in foster care. Sign up at #Spiderman #Run
RT @BDOEROCKS: 10th Annual CASA Superhero Run is 9/15! Get registered TODAY and help spread the word to help benefit @CASATravis @CASAWilco…
"The one question that comes to my mind most often is what if she didn't have CASA?" says CASA volunteer Elizabeth Marks. "I will always be a supporter because CASA is what it says it is: we help make sure that kids have a voice."
We love it when kids take saving the world into their own hands. Our #superheroes come in all ages and we'd love to share how they (and you) make our community and world better! Learn more about our favorite young heroes at
It's #NationalNonProfitDay and we want to hear from you! What are some of your favorite non-profits in town? Make sure to tag them below!
We're thrilled to have Team @cbsaustin join us at this year's CASA Superhero Run 5K & Kids 1K! Don't forget to gather your running squad for good and register at…
YES!! Team @cbsaustin will be taking part in the @CASATravis Superhero Run Sept. 15th! It's the first race of the @AustinRunners @austindistance Challenge! There's a 5K and a Kids 1K race ...…
This is great! We are thrilled to have you all there! <3
Happy Back to School! This month we are featuring our top educational advocacy tips and tricks with our volunteers. Our goal is to make sure kids needs are being met in the classroom and crucial information is being carried over when schools change.
In honor of #NationalBookLoversDay and the passing of the esteemed Nobel prize-winning author #ToniMorrison, allow us to remind you of your love of books. Here are our August recommendations focused on what CASA staff and volunteers have been reading!
"I've been so impressed by how people show up and do the work and are there for the children." Get to know our dedicated volunteer advocate Tina Hart in today's blog post:
Find out what CASA is into this July (spoiler: we're loving @spidermanmovie, @lastblackmansf, @poseonfx and more) on today's blog post:
"The reward is having an impact on the life of a child. Being able to give them a sense that they are worth being taken care of." Get to know volunteer advocate Richard Allen on our blog:
"Our goal was to make her both feel and be successful in school by placing the right supports around her." Today's #NationalReunificationMonth blog focuses on our best interest advocacy for kids moving towards reunification with their family.
During #NationalReunificationMonth and just after #FathersDay, we're sharing our favorite reunification with dad stories on the blog today!
"The most important work we do throughout these cases is ensuring that everything is going to be safe and in the child’s best interest." Check out our favorite family reunification stories as part of #NationalReunificationMonth!…
Happy #SuperSaturday! We encourage you to be whatever kind of superhero you want to at the 9.15.19 CASA Superhero Run! We even offer an "Original Superhero" category in the costume contest to show off your creativity.
From @Whentheyseeus to @SesameStreet, we're talking film and books we're into this June on today's blog:
As we wrap up May and #NationalFosterCareMonth, we wanted to highlight one of our favorite partners in supporting children in the foster care system, @FosterAngels! Read more on our blog:
This year on #InternationalDayOfFamilies, we’re taking a moment to shed light on what family looks like for the kids we serve at CASA.…
From Avengers: Endgame to Dawnland, check out what CASA staff are raving about this May!
Former foster care youth graduation rates are low via @thedailytexan
'Shazam!': The superhero film revolutionizing how we see foster care via @CNN
Volunteering with CASA When You Have Kids of Your Own
Today, some members of our staff would like to express gratitude and admiration for the work that our volunteer advocates do every day to make children’s lives better!
From Foster Care To Spelman: Graduating Senior Tiana Barnwell Shares Her Story Of Determination via @Essence
"A study recently released called 'To the public, nothing was wrong with me' looks at how teens become a risk factor for sex trafficking, how they exit the life and how they re-enter into trafficking and/or other exploitative situations." via @KVUE
Spring hath sprung upon us, and we can’t think of any better way to celebrate the sunshine than staying indoors to binge Netflix shows and catch up on good reads! Without further ado, here are some recommendations we at CASA are raving about right now.
How I Made It: From Foster Kid to Judge via @WBEZ
Persistence Is Often Key To Getting Needed Identification For Foster Youth via @TexasStandard
Texas focused more on fighting lawsuit than fixing foster care, child welfare advocates say via @dallasnews
How Tech Should Be (and is) Changing Child Welfare
Abused Wolves And Troubled Teens Find Solace In Each Other via @NPR
RT @JudgeAurora: Honored to swear in 35 new @CASATravis Volunteers tonight! Always proud to see the community step up for our foster childr…
Report: Texas foster kids left in psychiatric hospitals for weeks or months via @statesman
The Crime of Parenting While Poor via @newrepublic
Can an Algorithm Tell When Kids Are in Danger? via @nytimes
If you're interested in giving more back to the community, consider becoming a CASA volunteer! Learn more at #AmplifyATX #AmplifyAustin #hereforkids
With your help, and thanks to our generous matching donor, we've raised $85,270 for kids during Amplify Austin! Thank you for being #hereforkids! #AmplifyATX #AmplifyAustin
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22 volunteers finished training last night. That means at least 22 children will have someone by their side as they navigate the foster care system. Thank you for being #hereforkids in our community ✨ You can help even more children by donating at
Board member Lee Potts and Jessica Blacklock of @PottsBlacklock are #hereforkids ✨ You still have time to donate and double your gift at #AmplifyAustin #AmplifyATX
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Board member Yolanda Conyers and CASA volunteer Chris Conyers are both #hereforkids ✨ You can help give kids the powerful voice of a CASA volunteer by donating during Amplify Austin! #AmplifyATX #AmplifyAustin
Your support + 736 volunteers + 62 staff = 1,811 children helped in 2018. Help us help hundreds more still in need. Donate today during #AmplifyATX and be #hereforkids at #AmplifyAustin
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