May 2013  

CASA Up Close

Welcome to another edition of CASA Up Close Monthly. Below you will find information about our supporters, upcoming events, training opportunities and more. Please feel free to contact CASA for more information about anything you read. And, as always, thank you for your continued support.

CASA of Central Texas


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

Every child has the right to a safe, nurturing, permanent home.
Letter from the Executive Director
Summer is Here


   For many children, the next few months will be fun-filled hot summer days. Sadly, though, my thoughts turn to the children with whom our agency works. They, too, should be creating happy memories of their childhood summer, but they are facing a different reality. 


     When children are in school, there are extra eyes and ears keeping up with their lives as their teachers see them every day. A teacher is often the one who notices changes and is a person a child can open up to when he is not safe at home.  


     But when school is out for the summer, teachers no longer see the children daily. Our CASA volunteers will not let the summer go by without checking to make sure the children are safe and that they have someone they can confide in.


     During the summer months, it is especially important for concerned community members to report suspected child abuse to the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services at  or by calling 1-800-252-5400. Teachers are a great resource for children, but they must not be the only resource.  


      Keep the children on your mind and in your hearts as you enjoy the seasonal changes, and remember that the children in our community are also the future of our community.




Norma Castilla-Blackwell 

Upcoming Volunteer Trainings
Make a Difference in the life of a child,
become a CASA Volunteer

Help us get the word out about these trainings!

Our goal is to appoint 55 new volunteer
advocates by August.

If you know someone who would make a great
CASA volunteer, please share these training dates.

Karin Crane
CASA of Central Texas
Advocate since 2007


New Braunfels CASA office


June 13 to July 18th
Thursdays (skipping July 4th)

9 a.m. to 1 p.m.


July 16th to August 13th


4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. 



San Marcos CASA office


June 10th to July 8th
1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

July 20th to August 10th
8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.


To learn more about volunteer training sessions, contact Training Coordinator Debbie Haynes at 512-392-3578 or by e-mail. More info on becoming a volunteer here.

What is a CASA volunteer? 
Watch this video to see how we speak up for children.
Upcoming Information Sessions
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CASA can also
bring these information
sessions to you,
just give us a call!
You are Invited to a CASA Voices Tour
Learn about CASA and the work our advocates are doing in the community.  Join us on the 1st and 2nd Wednesdays of each month for a one-hour "virtual" tour of our mission.  Open to everyone, bring your friends, family and colleagues and we will provide lunch! 


 New Braunfels CASA office 

Wednesday June 5th - Noon

Wednesday July 17th* - Noon  

 *note date change due to holiday    


San Marcos CASA office 


Wednesday June 12th - Noon
Wednesday July 10th - Noon 



Lunch provided by Fox's Pizza Den in New Braunfels
and Chick-fil-A in San Marcos.

Please RSVP to Ali Wilkinson by e-mail or at 830-626-2272.
Former First Lady Calls for more CASAs

 Watch for Laura Bush Billboard, PSAs

During the month of June, watch for Laura Bush PSAs to recruit more CASA volunteers, and this billboard on IH 35 in Kyle.  
Save the Date
Wing Society Annual Meeting 
June 22nd
6 - 9 p.m.

Canyon Lake   


Advocates get to know each other at a Wing Society Social.


The Wing Society is an auxiliary group whose mission is to "support, enhance and sustain services of CASA of Central Texas, Inc., a diverse group of community volunteers appointed by the court to advocate for abused and neglected children in pursuit of safe, permanent homes."


The primary efforts of the Wing Society focus on supporting the caring volunteers who give unselfishly to the abused and neglected children who come into the courts.  

Thank You

Chick-fil-A Golf Tournament Benefits CASA 

Chick-fil-A of San Marcos hosted their second annual Cow Classic on May 4th, and CASA was once again chosen as a beneficiary.  
CASA volunteers provided support during the tournament.
Can You Help CASA?
Advertise CASA at Your Business

     CASA of Central Texas is looking for more volunteers and you can help.

      Broadway Bank in New Braunfels displays our CASA brochure in their entryway. 

     If you can display our CASA banner or brochures in your place of business to help recruit more volunteers, please contact Community Relations Coordinator Eloise Hudson at (830)-626-2272 or by email.

CASA Continuing Education
Upcoming Training for CASA Volunteers

Advocates will receive detailed information about trainings as the dates get closer, but for now, mark your calendars if you would like to attend.   


June 25th
Preparation for Adult Living (PAL) Services

Presented by Nadine Terry
    CPS PAL Supervisor for Region 8
and Jennifer Elizalde
     Youth Specialist
Time 1:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Location TBA  


Volunteers are required to complete 12 hours of continuing education annually
Upcoming Events


5th-       Voices Tour, noon
              New Braunfels CASA office

10th-     Advocate Training Begins

              San Marcos CASA office

12th-     Voices Tour, noon
              San Marcos CASA office

13th-     Advocate Training Begins
              New Braunfels CASA office

25th-    Continuing Education, 1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
              Location TBA


10th-     Voices Tour, noon
              San Marcos CASA office

17th-     Voices Tour, noon
              New Braunfels CASA office

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