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In many ways FY 2018 – 2019 was a banner year for CASA of Central Texas. From implementing new groundbreaking initiatives to breaking ground on our Training & Support Center, what an exciting year it’s been!
This year CASA of Central Texas participated in the launch of Collaborative Family Engagement (CFE), an initiative focused on finding and engaging committed adults who are willing to wholeheartedly support children long after CASA and CPS involvement ends.
In addition, Community-Based Care was initiated in Comal and Guadalupe counties with the intention of meeting individual and unique needs of children, youth, and families from a community based-approach. CASA of Central Texas also rolled out a new training curriculum this year. Developed by National CASA, the curriculum equips volunteers with relevant information and ultimately makes them better informed advocates.
It was a robust year of Continuing Education training in which volunteers learned about a variety of topics such as preventing child sexual abuse, applying behavior analysis to children, preparing for mediation, and communicating as a CASA.
For the first time ever, tickets for CASA’s annual dinner and auction sold out! CASAblanca was a tremendously funfilled event that raised a generous amount for children, thanks to many gracious CASA supporters. With this fundraising success, CASA was able to train more volunteers who were then able to directly impact the trajectory of a child’s journey through the foster care system.
Children’s stories have changed because they had a CASA voice speaking on their behalf. Of course, another very notable event this year was the groundbreaking of the Training & Support Center in San Marcos! Though it was a dream for a very long time, CASA finally hosted a groundbreaking ceremony in January 2019.
After serving the county for 30 years, CASA is now able to plant permanent roots. Not to mention, CASA will help a greater number of children once construction is completed next summer 2020. Stay tuned for the all of the exciting developments that will take place in the coming year. Please join us in celebrating 35 years of serving children! Let’s change more children’s stories!