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.
First Christmas Party Ever for Our Children!
CASA of South Central Texas to Host its First Ever Christmas Party for the Children It Serves
This holiday season, CASA of South Central Texas will host its first ever Christmas party for the more than 125 children it serves. Most of these children will not be spending the holiday with their families and many are now far away from the communities where they lived and went to school.
“These are very special children,” said President of the Board of Directors Vickie Maertz, “who because of child abuse and neglect cannot live at home. Christmas is a time when children should be safe and happy. We want to make sure that they know that there are people who care for them.”
CASA is putting out a call for new age appropriate toys and clothing. For more information about ages and sizes, see below or call 979-277-0088. High school and junior high schools students are collecting gift for children between the ages of 11 and 18. We ask that all gifts be delivered unwrapped by December 4 to the CASA office at 2309 S. Day Street in Brenham.
The mission of CASA for Kids of South Central Texas is to advocate for the best interests of children in foster care through the training and support of community volunteers. CASA 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. Today, our 60 Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs) represent 100% of children in Austin, Colorado, Waller and Washington Counties who have been removed from their homes due to abuse or neglect.
Having a CASA can mean a world of difference to a child who feels lost and powerless in a situation he does not understand. These well-trained volunteers advocate for children in court, in school and wherever they need a caring voice to speak for them.
"My CASA made me feel like everything was going to be okay,” said Sarah, now aged 18 and in college.
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, are 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.
Many of the children are living in foster homes and residential homes too far from Brenham to be able to attend the party. “It is very important to CASA and our advocates that each of these children receive gifts even if they cannot attend,” said Executive Director Debra Johnson. “For this reason, we are accepting financial donations to help defray the costs of shipping presents to them, letting them know that the people at home have not forgotten them. You can make a donation through our website, www.wespeak4kids.org, or by sending a check to CASA, 2309 S. Day Street, Brenham, TX 77833, Thank you for thinking about our children”
These are the CASA children needing Christmas presents:
1 – 4 (toddler),
Age 1 Girls 9
Age 1 Boys 4
Age 2 Girls 5
Age 2 Boys 4
Age 3 Girls 2
Age 3 Boys 3
Age 4 Girls 2
Age 4 Boys 3
5 – 7
8 - 10
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
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!