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CASA speaks up for children who’ve been abused or neglected by empowering our community to volunteer as advocates for them in the court system.
CASA speaks up for children who’ve been abused or neglected by empowering our community to volunteer as advocates for them in the court system.

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Happy World Smile Day! Our Child Advocacy Specialists are celebrating by sharing some of their most smile-worthy moments of volunteers' advocacy for the children they serve.
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Earlier this year we were privileged to witness the adoption of a 17-year-old girl, who had been in foster care for 4 years, by a relative. This relative was found and connected with by the CASA volunteer using the techniques our Family Engagement program. The CASA volunteer on the case shared that her one regret was not finding that family member sooner, and that she “will start with family engagement on every case from now on!”

Today, we wanted to share more about our Family Engagement program and the opportunities it can provide to current and prospective volunteers to help children reconnect with relatives and build support and permanency.
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Check out our inaugural series of Things We’re Into, a monthly update on everything CASA staff is buzzing about! We’re here as Certified Professional Enthusiasts to kick off the series with some super recommendations on movies, articles, and everything else in recent memory that pertains to our advocacy at CASA.
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As we kick off Hispanic Heritage Month, we wanted to let you know about an opportunity to better advocate for Hispanic children, and all children of color, in the foster care system by attending our upcoming Knowing Who You Are (KWYA) training on October 5th and 6th.

"This was the most valuable training that I have been to in my life personally and professionally,” says Chanda Williams, CASA volunteer and recent KWYA trainee. “It was an eye-opening experience that allowed me to look at people and world issues with a different lens. Obviously, I understand that there are certain cultural privileges in America and in the foster system but I did not realize that so few people knew it existed and how it would impact them as a volunteer."

#HispanicHeritageMonth
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Happy National Grandparents Day! To celebrate, we’ve rounded up some stories about inspiring grandparents and how their love for their grandchildren has shaped the way these children have navigated the foster care system.
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On occasion we’re asked about the rigor of our 39-hour training program for new CASA volunteers. Some people suggest we might get more volunteers if training was easier or shorter, and they’re probably right.

But we’re not just focused on numbers of volunteers here at CASA of Travis County. It’s vital that we ensure high quality advocacy for children who’ve been through abuse or neglect. Read our blog to learn why our intensive training program is so important when it comes to bringing in new CASA volunteers.
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“I want people to know that [gender and sexual identity] is just one aspect of a child,” says McCue. “It becomes a huge discussion because our community struggles with how to deal with LGBTQ issues. These are real people, and they need to be properly advocated for just like all other kids in the child welfare system.”
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"The biggest surprise about working with CASA was how truly invested CASA is in these children's lives and the intensity of how much they care," says Alix. She credits CASA with providing "a much more personal relationship than many of the other parties in the child's life. Someone is here to listen to their concerns, their thoughts, and their fears."

Meet CASA Volunteer Alix Ramczyk!
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It's a bird...It's a plane...It's Super Armadillo!!

With the CASA Superhero Run 5K and Kids 1K coming up on September 16th, we wanted to inspire your DIY superhero costume creation! As part of our annual superhero costume contest we celebrate original superheroes invented by our participants. This year, we've invented some of our own Central Texas superheroes for our 5K bags and our Tek-Tees (for anyone who raises over $100 for kids)!

One of our original Central Texas Superheros is our Super Armadillo, and today we're showing you how to create an armadillo superhero mask (or any other original superhero you'd like)!

#SuperheroRun
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A grandmother left without a home, a family's life put on hold, and a teenager stranded. These are the stories all too familiar to those affected by Hurricane Harvey just a year ago, some of them kids that CASA serves.
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