CASA Up Close | August 2019
Welcome to another edition of CASA Up Close Monthly. Please feel free to contact CASA for more information about anything you read. And, as always, thank you for your continued support! Use these quick links to get involved.
In this Issue

  • Welcome New Volunteers
  • Training Dates
  • CASA Classic Golf Tournament
  • Information Sessions
  • CASA Superhero Run
  • Continuing Education
  • CASA Book Fair
  • Help Us Pave the Way
  • Let's Go See a Movie
  • Cars for CASA
  • Support CASA
Letter from the Executive Director
Summer is coming to an end and this means back to school! I would like to take this time to thank all the teachers who are getting ready to head back to their classrooms and make a great impact on the children of our community.

Before I started my journey with CASA of Central Texas, I was one of these teachers who saw children every day and was there for them when they struggled. I was often the one who could see a change in their behavior, or was there for them when they needed to reach out and confide in someone they could trust.
Teachers across Texas take on this role of watchdog every year they commit to the classroom. In 2018, there were more than 64,000 reports of abuse made to Texas Child Protective Services by teachers, the highest percentage of reporters at 14%. Behind them are medical personnel and law enforcement.

Once abuse has been reported, a teacher is also one of the best resources for those involved in the child's life, including the CASA Volunteer. They provide not only educational history, but also a glimpse into the child's personality. This information is invaluable for understanding what is best for the child.

Teachers are an invaluable resource for children, but they must not be the only resource. It is important for concerned community members to report suspected child abuse to the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services at www.txabusehotline.org  or by calling 1-800-252-5400.

Keep teachers on your mind and in your hearts as school begins. They do so much to educate and care for our children.

 
Thank you, 

Norma Castilla-Blackwell
CASA of Central Texas
Executive Director
Welcome New CASA Volunteers
11 new volunteers were sworn recently sworn in!

Each volunteer completed 5 weeks of training, background checks, courtroom observation and is now ready to advocate for children in court.

CASA is now enrolling for our final 2019 training courses. See dates below.
Dixie Pape of Comal County and Helen Bauer of Guadalupe County were sworn in on July 26 by The Honorable Thomas Stuckey.
Anita Baldridge of Caldwell County and Shelly Holstine of Caldwell County  were sworn in on August 1 by The Honorable Thomas Stuckey.
Analisa Goldblatt of Hays County, Shelby Williams of Hays County, Julie Burnett of Hays County, Gina Van Horn of Guadalupe County, Lavonne Kiser of Comal County, Kirsten Chadwick of Hays County and Colleen Wesch of Hays County were sworn in on July 30 by The Honorable Melissa McClanahan.
Become a CASA Volunteer
Upcoming Training Dates

August 10 - August 24
9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

September 11 - October 9
4:30 - 8:30 p.m.

September 12 - October 10
1 - 5 p.m.

September 14 - September 28
9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

October 16 - November 13
1 - 5 p.m.

October 17 - November 14
4:30 - 8:30 p.m.

November 2 - November 16
9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Application deadline prior to each cycle is two weeks before start of training. Submit your volunteer application here . 

For more information on training courses, contact Layla Coleman at 512-392-3578, 830-626-2272, or by email.

One-hour pre-training interview to occur at least one week before start of each training cycle. Mandatory 10-hour online class to be completed during the training cycle.


*Seguin training enrollment still open!! Contact us today if interested!
CASA Classic

October 28, 2019
San Marcos
The 2019 Corridor Title – CASA Classic Golf Tournament has received a hole lotta love thus far! If you haven’t yet, secure your spot today! With the tournament only three months away, team spots are filling up quickly. As of now, a total of 15 teams have signed up to tee off with CASA on Monday, October 29. We hope to see you then, too.

Whether you played with us before or you are joining us for the first time, you can look forward to an unforgettable experience, taking in all of the breathtaking views at Kissing Tree Golf Club. Plus, everyone will gather together for the tournament’s first ever helicopter golf ball drop!

If you’re not able to attend this year’s tournament, but would still like a shot at winning the helicopter golf ball drop prize, tickets are available for purchase now! Thanks to our wonderfully generous donors, the 2019 grand prize includes a 2-night stay at the beautiful Harper Hill Ranch (sleeps 22) located outside of New Braunfels as well as two rounds of golf (4 players each) at the Kissing Tree Golf Club in San Marcos. Purchase tickets here to become the lucky winner!

Sponsorships Available:
Ace $5,000 – 2 teams included
Front Nine $3,000 – 2 teams included
Back Nine $3,000 – 2 teams included
19 th Hole $2,500 – 1 team included
Eagle $2,000 – 1 team included
Birdie $1,500 – 1 team included
Hole - $400
 
Team Registration (4) – $600
Individual Registration – $200
Space limited to 36 Teams/144 Players

Thank You to our Sponsors!
Ace Sponsors:
Back Nine Sponsor:
19th Hole Sponsor:
Birdie Sponsor:
Hole Sponsors:

Davidek Law Firm, PLLC
Jim Flynn Photography
Karl & Beth Hittle
Gene & Becky Lake
Taste of New Braunfels
Hole in One Sponsor:
Win a 2019 Polaris Sportsman 850
MSRP $8,999
Compliments of:
"Voices" Information Sessions
Want to learn more about the role of a CASA Volunteer?

Come to our one-hour information session and hear how our volunteers advocate for children who have been abused and neglected.

CASA staff and volunteers will be on hand to share their stories and answer your questions. 

Please RSVP to Eloise Hudson by email or at 830-626-2272. 
Upcoming Information Sessions

Schertz
Monday, August 5th, 6:30 pm
Schertz United Methodist Church
 
Lockhart
Tuesday, August 6th, 6:00 p.m.
Lockhart Public Library
 
  New Braunfels
Wednesday, August 7th, noon
CASA office

Seguin
Monday, August 12th, noon
Seguin Public Library

San Marcos
Wednesday, August 21st, noon 
Historic County Courthouse, 1st floor conference room

Continuing Ed: Communicating as a CASA
July 11
CPS, CASA, and foster parents gave advocates useful tips and reminders to effectively communicate with different parties and providers.

CPS Supervisor Christy Doerr suggested that when an advocate is assigned to a case, send an introductory email to the caseworker, let the caseworker know the best way to contact you, and ask how they prefer to be communicated with. Region 8’s policy for caseworkers is to respond to e-mail within 48 hours. We know CPS is overburdened, so please allow caseworkers some leeway, but do follow up with a copy to the CASA and CPS supervisors if you’re not receiving a timely response. Ms. Doerr highly recommended that advocates attend parent-child visits as an opportunity to see caseworkers, as well as attend treatment team meetings, ARDs, and permanency conferences.
CASA Supervisor Rob Edwards and advocate Carla Stovall reminded everyone about the minimum expectations of the Guardian ad Litem duties. Make timely contacts. Document observations, concerns, and recommendations throughout your case. And, be honest, direct, and supportive in your communications – especially with parents and placements.
Divinity Family Services and adoptive parents gave insight into the rollercoaster ride of being a foster and adoptive placement for children. Foster parents Taumi and Todd sagely stated that a placement can be well supported and educated, but never truly prepared to deal with the intricacies and trauma involved when caring for abused and neglected children. They suggest advocates communicate with the CPA case manager and ask foster parents about their support system and respite. Knowledge of Trauma-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI) helps advocates immensely in serving the children. Ultimately, they say, get to know all the players in the case, dig deep, and be fierce advocates for the children!
Thank you, McKenna Events Center, for generously donating use of their space!
Cars for CASA

 Have an old car taking up space in your driveway? Donate it to CASA of Central Texas! CASA partners with CARS on a vehicle donation program. We accept most cars, trucks, trailers, boats, RV's, motorcycles, off road vehicles, heavy equipment and other motorized vehicles. 

Making a donation is EASY ! It's as easy as filling out an online donation form here or picking up a phone and speaking to a live operator at 855-500-7433 seven days a week.
Why donate your vehicle to CASA?
* Avoid the hassles of selling a car * No need to pay hefty repair bills * Free up space in your garage * 100% tax deductible *
Events Benefiting CASA

CASA of Central Texas welcomes community initiatives to help promote awareness and funding for our program. By taking on this type of project, event organizers assume the responsibility of creating a successful event without a significant level of assistance from CASA. All special events and fundraising efforts conducted to benefit CASA are run by financially responsible and reputable organizations and individuals motivated by a genuine desire to help CASA. If you are interested in hosting a third-party fundraiser to benefit CASA, please review these guidelines .
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