CASA for Kids of South Central Texas trains and supports passionate adults who fight for a child's right to be safe, to be treated with dignity, and to learn and grow in the security of a loving family.
Casino Night and Dinner 2015For an exciting evening of dinner and gambling, join us for Casino Night on Saturday, February 7 from 6 to 10 pm at the Austin County Fairgrounds. Your $50 entry fee brings you dinner and dessert catered by Yani’s Steakhouse, a beverage mug and $10,000 in CASA BUCKS for the games! If poker is your game, there is a Texas Hold ‘Em Tournament from 7 to 9 pm with a $75 entry fee. There will be lots of winners, with door prizes, raffles, a silent auction and you can spend your CASA BUCKS at the end of the evening. But the biggest winners will be the children we serve because your donations help support the training and supervision of our CASAs – Court Appointed Special Advocates. Today, 100% of the children in CPS care in our counties of Austin, Colorado, Waller and Washington Counties have a CASA because generous individuals like you understand the difference a CASA can make in the life of a child. Research shows that children with CASA volunteers, as compared with children in foster care who do not have CASAs, are substantially less likely to spend time in long-term foster care, more likely to be adopted and half as likely to re-enter foster care. They do better in school, are more likely to pass all of their courses and less likely to have poor conduct in school or to be expelled. The child in foster care who has a CASA has the prospect of a brighter future than the child who does not. The tickets are going fast, so plan to get yours soon. You can stop by the CASA office in Brenham, 2309 S. Day Street or at any of these locations in Bellville: First National Bank of Bellville, Austin County State Bank, the Chamber of Commerce office or at Yani’s Steakhouse. Please call CASA for Kids at 979-277-0088 for more information. We’re looking forward to seeing you February 7 at the Austin County Fairgrounds.
Steve and Tricia Elder
A Force to be Reckoned With
By Jo Reaves
Steve and Tricia Elder were sworn in as CASA Advocates in February of 2009. Even during the training they initiated thought-provoking conversations amongst the trainer and classmates.
They chose to work together as a couple in their CASA roles, and said they would take whatever case came their way. Soon after training they were assigned to a case serving two small children who were placed with a relative hundreds of miles away. Steve and Tricia flew and/or drove to visit the children at least every six weeks.Read more...
Like so many victims, Cody’s story of abuse, neglect, and instability began from an early age.
As a child, Cody’s father often physically abused his mother, eventually causing her severe mental trauma for which she was hospitalized. When Cody’s father went to prison for drug possession, Cody was sent to live with his Aunt and Uncle. A few months later, his aunt and uncle divorced and Cody remained with his Uncle. Unable to cope with the stressRead more...
Going TAPAS for a Good Cause:
Annual Wine & Dinner Event Raises Funds
The eighth annual CASA for Kids of South Central Texas Wine & Dinner Extravaganza went tapas! The fundraising event was held at the lovely Greenwade Ranch in Cat Spring, TX on Friday, August 1 to benefit abused and neglected children in our local community. This year guests experienced elegance served with a side of whimsical – several courses of tapas were paired with wines from all over the globe, in a free commemorative CASA wine glass. This year’s event again featured a live and silent auction, as well as a photo booth where guests took fun pictures with friends.
The fundraiser occured at a time when CASA needs community support more than ever. Just last year, the local CASA program reached an important milestone – one that only 23% of Texas CASA programs have achieved. As of 2013, a CASA advocate is automatically assigned to 100% of cases of abuse and neglect in the region’s family court system. Click here for more information.
The 2nd annual Child Abuse Awareness Walk & Balloon Release was held April 26, 2014 at the Washington County Courthouse in Brenham, TX. The event consisted of an inspirational program, 2-mile walk to "step up for abused kids," a prayer for our children and balloon release as well as free Blue Bell ice cream!