New Advocates Sworn In; Summer Training Opportunities
A CASA advocate is the tireless and passionate protector of a child who has been abused or neglected and is going through the trauma of the court system. They are adult volunteers who are trained, appointed by the court, and are committed to ensuring each individual child's needs remain a priority in an over-burdened child welfare system.
Eight concerned citizens have now taken up this challenge. CASA's specialized training equiped them with the tools and support they need to now make a difference in foster child's life.
Other training opportuities available this summer include:
7/21/14 6:00 – 8:00pm: Placement Decisions & Understanding Service Levels of Children in Care, Hempstead Recreation Center, 635 Highway 290 East (this is Business 290), 2nd floor meeting room; FREE
7/26/14 9:00 – 3:00pm: Trauma Informed Care by Mike Foster (first ½ of day will be basic presentation, 2nd half of day will be some hands on skills teaching). St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Brenham, TX. $20, lunch included.
April Child Abuse Awareness Walk & Balloon Release
Turning tragedy into...Triumph!
April Child Abuse Awareness
Walk & Balloon Release
Saturday, April 26 @ 9am
- Inspirational program at courthouse steps
- Optional 2-mile walk "Stepping Up for Abused Kids!"
- Prayer for our kids and balloon release
- Free Blue Bell ice cream!
For more information call 979-277-0088979-277-0088 or go to facebook.com/casaforkids
Washington County Child Wellfare Board
Taking Steps To Restore Washington County’s Foster Youth
Child Abuse Awareness Walk & Balloon Release April 27, 2013
CASA for Kids of South Central Texas teamed with Child Protective Services and the Washington County Child Welfare Board to bring about awareness this April in Washington County. Several events have been planned, beginning with the proclamation by the Brenham City Council that April is Child Abuse Awareness Month; and culminating on April 27 at 10 a.m. with guest speakers at the Brenham Courthouse, a walk to the CASA offices and a balloon release – all to begin the dialogue in Washington County about child abuse and neglect.
“The number of confirmed cases of abuse and neglect in Washington County has been on the rise lately,” says Margarette Boswell, Executive Director of CASA. “We must come together as a community to restore these children to loving, permanent and safe homes.”
The theme of this year’s event, “Warn, Mourn and Restore” will be covered by guest speakers, Julie Renken, District Attorney in Washington & Burleson Counties as well as Sandra Lopez, a Brenham mother who lost her own daughter to abuse from a babysitter. They will speak on the Main Street steps of the courthouse at 10 a.m.
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 is going tapas! The fundraising event is to be 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 can expect elegance served with a side of whimsical – several courses of exotic tapas expertly paired with wines from all over the globe, served in a free commemorative wine glass. This year’s event again features a live and silent auction.
CASA needs community support now 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!