CASA Up Close
CASA of Central Texas advocates for abused and neglected children in the court system by recruiting, training and supporting community volunteers.

     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.
Letter from the Executive Director  
Extraordinary People   

    In a collaborative project with Texas CASA and seven other local CASA programs in the state, we have been increasing and improving CASA services to children and youth in Permanent Managing Conservatorship (PMC), also known as "long term foster care." 

    CASA of Central Texas aimed to serve 60 new children and youth from January to August 2016.  We exceeded our goals by 15% and actually served 69! Many thanks to the 44 new volunteers who worked on these cases! Through their advocacy, these children and youth were sure to receive more help with their education, medical, mental health, and long-term placement needs. 

     To be a voice for these older youth or for the younger children, we are now enrolling volunteers in our last training sessions of 2016.  We also set all of our 2017 dates which you can see here.  The children and youth need your voice! 

     We look forward to the year ahead and continuing this important project for children and youth who often are overlooked. Keep up the great work!      
Thank you,
Norma Castilla-Blackwell
Executive Director  
Volunteer Spotligh
Dorothy Walker, CASA of Central Texas Volunteer since 2014
     " I became I CASA volunteer because I wanted to be able to give a voice to kids that felt like they didn't have a voice. So many of them get lost in the system and I just wanted to make a difference for them."

      " What I've learned as a CASA volunteer is how important a role CASA plays in the lives of our children.  We are their confidants, friends and sometimes sole defenders for their rights and their voice."

     " To anyone considering being a CASA volunteer, I would say go for it! The time you spend is well worth the difference you will make in our children's lives and well-being.You will not find a worthier cause.
Become a CASA Volunteer training
Bob Williams
CASA Volunteer since 2010

Sign up for a 2016
Training Course  

For more information on training courses contact Training Coordinator Debbie Haynes at 512-392-3578 or by email, or click here to visit our website.

Training is required for all new Court Appointed Special Advocate volunteers.
The Volunteer Training Course is a 6-class series.

Upcoming Training Courses

Saturday Course

Saturdays Accelerated Course (5 sessions) 
October 1 thru October 29
8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
New Braunfels

Last Training Courses of 2016 

October 12 thru November 16
1 - 5 p.m.
San Marcos

October 13 thru November 17
4:30 - 8:30 p.m.
New Braunfels

For our 2017 training dates, check our calendar 
San Marcos
Historic Hays County Courthouse Room 101
111 E. San Antonio Street

New Braunfels
CASA office
1619 E. Common Street, Building C
CASA Superhero Run
CASA of Central Texas Casework Supervisor Rob Edwards with his children Claire, who ran the 1k, and Rowan, who ran the 5k. 
     CASA of Central Texas joined the Travis and Williamson County programs again for the annual Superhero Run on September 18th.  This year's event included a 5K, Kids 1K, costume contests and activities for the whole family!
     Thank you to all our supporters who participated or donated to the 2016 CASA Superhero Run. More than 3,350 superheroes broke records in attendance and fundraising!

CASA of Central Texas Board President Susie Russell (second from right) with her "A Team" of superheroes. 
Voices Tour Information Sessions Voices 

Want to learn more about the role of a CASA Volunteer?

Come to
ribbon 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.  
Voices Tours
New Braunfels 
Wednesday, October 5th, noon
Hosted by Emily Hutchison, CASA Board Member
CASA office

San Marcos 
Wednesday, October 19th,  noon  
Hosted by Naomi Narvaiz , Community Supporter
Historic County Courthouse, 1st floor conference room

Thursday, October 20th, 6 p.m.
GVEC Community Room  

Please RSVP to Eloise Hudson by email or at 830-626-2272. 
Would you like to host a CASA Voices Tour in your town? Please contact us and get more information here!  
Lunch provided by Fox's Pizza Den in New Braunfels and Chick-fil-A in San Marcos. 
Dancing for CASA 

     Christian Youth Theater New Braunfels is teaming up with 6 wonderful community Stars to host a great night of dinner and entertainment, and one of their stars chose CASA of Central Texas as her beneficiary!

       Norma Herrera will be dancing on October 22nd at the McKenna Events Center to benefit CYT and CASA of Central Texas.

     "I was a probation officer for Comal County for 15 years and during that time witnessed numerous hearings involving child victims.  As a juvenile probation officer I sometimes worked with young offenders who had turned to delinquency as a result of the abuse they had been subjected to," Norma said about choosing CASA.

     "I have always had a great respect for what CASA advocates do for those victims and would love to do what I can to support CASA."

     We are honored Norma chose us and we wish her the best of luck!

    CYT is a 501c3 non-profit children's theater program in New Braunfels that provides classes and productions in live theater. To donate to CASA through Norma's fundraising page, click here
Upcoming Continuing EducationCE
Advocacy Matters for Older and Aging Out Youth

Tim Judkins
CASA Casework Supervisor and 
Transitional Youth Specialist
CASA's own Tim  Judkins will discuss the unique challenges and responsibilities that come with advocating for older youth in the foster care system.  Tim will share the presentation that he will be giving at the upcoming Texas CASA Conference in Dallas (November 3-5).
Monday, October 17
New Braunfels CASA Office Conference/Training Room
1619 E. Common St. Suite 301
New Braunfels, 78130

RSVP to Debbie Haynes at  830-626-2272 or by email

Advocates are required to complete 12 hours of Continuing Education per year.
Wing Social and Annual Photo  

     CASA Advocates are invited to the Wing Society's Fall Social at Patio Dolcetto in San Marcos this Thursday.  We will take the annual advocate group photo that will be used for our holiday card. Don't miss it!

The 2015 Annual Advocate Photo

Wing Society Fall Social & Annual Advocate Photo
Thursday, September 29
4-6 p.m.
Patio Dolcetto
322 Cheatham Street
San Marcos, TX 78666 
Hit the Road with CASA
     Get the CASA logo on the road, order your plates today!  
     The Big Voices for Little Texans license plate is available for purchase through the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles.

     Based on your county of residence, a portion ($22) of the proceeds is passed along from the Office of the Attorney General directly to CASA, sharing equally between Texas CASA and CASA of Central Texas. Last year, we received $345 in license plate funding so that children and youth were helped right here locally in Caldwell, Comal, Guadalupe and Hays Counties.

      Show your support for Little Texans!  Order your license plate
Help Recruit CASA Volunteers  VoicesHost 
      Do you love CASA and want to help recruit volunteers? Now you can get the word out by being a host for one of our CASA Voices Tours Information Sessions.

     How? You pick a tour date and location that works best for you, commit to invite your friends and join us for the session. Let us do the rest. Our goal is for you to have five of your friends or colleagues attend as your guests and for them to hear why you support CASA. Then a CASA staff member will explain the history of the program, what's involved with being a CASA and how to get started. We believe your personal invitation will go far in encouraging people to learn more about CASA, and help us reach the goal of providing a CASA for every child in State care. 
     CASA will also invite people through social media and word-of-mouth so expect to see faces new to you, too!

     Voices Tours are held from noon - 1 on the first Wednesday of each month in New Braunfels and the second Wednesday of each month in San Marcos. Additional dates and locations are scheduled upon request. Please contact Eloise Hudson if you would like to host a Voices Tour.
Community Support

Canyon Lake Methodist Church Love Circle
Valero Energy Foundation 
September 2016
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Upcoming Events


CASA Volunteer Training Begins
8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
New Braunfels CASA office

Voices Tour in New Braunfels 
Noon -1 p.m.
CASA office

CASA Volunteer Training Begins
1 - 5 p.m.
Historic Hays County Courthouse room 101
CASA Volunteer Training Begins
4:30 - 8:30 p.m.
New Braunfels CASA office

Continuing Education 
1:30 - 3 p.m.
New Braunfels CASA office

Voices Tour in San Marcos 
Noon - 1 p.m.
Historic Courthouse
room 101
More info click here

Voices Tour in Seguin


CASA Toy Drive Begins 
More info click here

Voices Tour in New Braunfels 
Noon -1 p.m.
CASA office

Voices Tour in San Marcos 
Noon - 1 p.m.
Historic Courthouse room 101

Voices Tour in Seguin
Noon - 1 p.m. 
GVEC Community Room


Voices Tour in New Braunfels 
Noon -1 p.m.
CASA office

Advocate Appreciation Mixer 
6:30 - 9:30 p.m.  
Milltown, New Braunfels 
CASA Of Central Texas Inc.