Thursday, January 19, 2017

Lessons from the Hundred Acre Wood

By Steven Olender

Today, we celebrate the birthday of A.A. Milne, the creator of Winnie the Pooh, whose stories have delighted millions of children and adults alike for the past 9 decades. Milne's stories doubtless have much to teach children, about loyalty, kindness, curiosity, and friendship. Looking back on Winnie the Pooh, I was surprised to realize how much wisdom there is for adults, particularly CASA volunteers, in the pages of his stories.

Full article from CASA of Travis County HERE.

Wings for L.I.F.E. - The Effects of Marijuana on the Brain

Wings for L.I.F.E.
(Life-skills Imparted to Families through Education)

The Effects of Marijuana on the Brain

Presented By:
Diane Taylor, DUI Prevention Specialist

Sunday, January 22nd, 2017
6:00 PM to 7:30 PM

505 N. Pennsylvania Avenue

Andy’s Hall

Doors open at 5:45

(Sitter available)
Dinner follows Program
For Questions call: Shelly Currier @ 317-2042

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Moving story from a young man who has spent his life in foster care.

After 20 Years, Young Man Leaves Foster Care On His Own Terms

When Noel Anaya was just a year old, he and his five brothers and sisters were placed in the California foster care system. He has spent nearly all of his life in that system and has just turned 21. In California, that's the age when people in foster care "age out" of the system and lose the benefits the system provides. That process becomes official at a final court hearing. Anaya, along with Youth Radio, got rare permission to record the proceeding, where he read a letter he wrote about his experience in the foster care system.

Read Full Story HERE

Sunday, January 1, 2017

New Years Resolution: Become a CASA Volunteer and Change a Life

New Year’s resolutions typically focus on self-improvement: lose weight, stop smoking, exercise more often. This year, why not resolve to do something even more lasting: improve the life of a child who’s suffered abuse and neglect?
As a court-appointed special advocate, volunteers receive in-depth training to advocate in court and in the community for the needs and rights of children in foster care. CASA volunteers come from all walks of life and professions and have one thing in common: they care about the children.
To learn more about how you can make a difference in the life of an abused or neglected child here in our community, contact us by calling 575-625-0112 or go to

Monday, December 12, 2016

CASA School Kids Working on Their Holiday Pinata

The decorated clay pot also called a cantero represents Satan who often wears an attractive mask to attract humanity. The most traditional style piñata looks a bit like Sputnik, with seven points, each with streamers. These cones represent the seven deadly sins, pecados - greed, gluttony, sloth, pride, envy, wrath and lust. Beautiful and bright, the piñata tempted. Candies and fruits inside represented the cantaros (temptations)of wealth and earthly pleasures.

The blindfolded participant represents the leading force in defying evil, ‘Fe’, faith, which must be blind. People gathered near the player and spun him around to confuse his sense of space. Sometimes the turns numbered thirty three in memory of the life of Christ.

Secondly the piñata served as a symbol of ‘Esperanza’, Hope.

With the piñata hanging above their heads, people watched towards los cielos (sky or heaven) yearning and waiting for the prize. The stick for breaking the piñata symbolized virtue, as only good can overcome evil. Once broken, the candies and fruits represented the just reward for keeping faith.

Finally the piñata symbolized ‘Caridad’, Charity. With its eventual breaking, everyone shared in the divine blessings and gifts.

The moral of the piñata: all are justified through faith.

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Donations Needed For Our CASA Store!!

Our CASA Store is getting some love but we are not done yet!!!

We are still needing and taking in donations. Please help us help our CASA families!! Every little bit counts!

If you have any questions or would like to drop off donations please contact CASA at 575.625.0112 or message us on our Facebook page!

2016’s Best & Worst States for Underprivileged Children

by Richie Bernardo

In an ideal world, children live carefree and have access to their basic needs: nutritious food, a good education and quality health care, for instance. Beyond those, adequate safety as well as the love and support of caring adults. Children often have a strong chance of stability in adulthood when all such needs are met. But these are not the rights of every child; for some, they are privileges. In the U.S., in fact, a baby is born into poverty every 32 seconds, and another 1,836 cases of abuse or neglect will be confirmed by the end of the day, according to the Children’s Defense Fund.