Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon

On March 6, 2019 Brush Country CASA staff treated several of our volunteers who serve two or more cases to lunch at Olive Garden in Corpus Christi, Texas. The individuals chosen to partake in this luncheon go above and beyond everyday for the betterment of the children they serve. From visitation to court, contact logs to continuing education and everything in between their unwavering commitment to CASA is inspiring to all.

 

 

CASA is so grateful for all of our volunteers. Thank you for all that you do! If you are interested in taking on a second case please contact your supervisor.

 

CASA Staff Named Citizen of the Year

Congratulations to Nicole Ortegon, Outreach Director, for being named the 2018 Citizen of the Year through the Kingsville Chamber of Commerce. CASA staff and Board members were in attendance at the 2019 Kingsville Chamber of Commerce Annual Banquet to support Nicole as she served as Master of Ceremony for the event. What Nicole didn't know was that the Chamber had reached out to staff in advance to notify them of her accomplishment. "I had no idea what was going on," said Nicole, " all I knew is that it was rather odd that my mother had shown up just to watch me MC."

Former Citizens of the Year, Stefanie Perryman and Rebecca Sanchez came up on stage to present the award to the new recipient. They spoke of Nicole's community service roles including her position as Treasurer for the Kingsville Crime Stoppers group, her involvement in the Kingsville Chamber of Commerce and her work with Brush Country CASA.

All in all it was a fantastic evening. Brush Country CASA is so proud of Nicole and all of her accomplishments.. Keep up the great work!

Child Abuse Prevention Month

Today marks the first day of April, which is the beginning of National Child Abuse Prevention Month. As you know, Brush Country CASA is a non-profit organization who recruits, trains and supports community volunteers who advocate for children who are in the foster care system due to abuse and neglect. For us at CASA, Child Abuse Prevention Month is a big deal. It allows us the opportunity to educate the community about abuse and neglect and shed light on the fact that this epidemic is not a "big city" problem but rather an "everywhere" problem. In 2018, there were 322 children in the custody of the Department of Family and Protective Services and 3 child deaths due to abuse and neglect within our service area. During April, CASA hopes to host events that allow us to take a moment to remember those children who are impacted by abuse and neglect, and that give parents an outlet to embrace their children in a fun and safe environment.

CASA would like to invite you to participate in our upcoming events to show your support for our efforts to put a stop to child abuse and neglect. For more information on how you can get involved with CASA or for event questions please do not hesitate to contact us at the CASA office, 361.595.7233.

 

Candlelight Vigil – Alice, Texas

Tuesday, April 9, 2019
6:30 pm
Jim Wells County Courthouse

Candlelight Vigil – Falfurrias, Texas

Tuesday, April 16, 2019
6:30 pm
Brooks County Courthouse

Candlelight Vigil – Kingsville, Texas

Tuesday, April 23, 2019
6:30 pm
Kleberg County Courthouse

Children’s Spring Festival – Alice, Texas

Tuesday, April 13, 2019
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Anderson Park

Children’s Spring Festival – Kingsville, Texas

Tuesday, April 13, 2019
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Los Hermanos Flores Park

CASA Welcomes New Volunteers

Brush Country CASA is thrilled to welcome two new volunteers to our outstanding group of advocates. Melissa Spencer and Brenda Ballard were sworn in on Friday, March 1, 2019 by Judge Jaime E. Carrillo at the Kleberg County Courthouse in Kingsville, Texas. Melissa and Brenda are the first to complete the brand new Texas CASA curriculum which rolled out late last year. Their interaction and thought process through the challenges and activities in the training further displayed their passion for children and the role of a CASA volunteer.

If you would like to learn more about becoming a CASA volunteer please contact the CASA office at 361.595.7233. Our next training class begins May 1st in Kingsville.

CASA Day at the Capitol

Brush Country CASA's Legislative Advocacy Team (LAT) took a trip to Austin, Texas on February 4th and 5th to attend a Child Welfare Primer and participate in CASA Day at the Capitol. CASA Day at the Capitol is an important day for CASA programs all across Texas. It gives us an opportunity to visit with our legislatures and discuss vital changes needed to make sure that children are thriving instead of simply surviving as they journey through the foster care system.

Some of the high priority Bills Texas CASA is seeking to have passed are, HB 53 | RELATING TO THE TRANSITIONAL LIVING SERVICES PROGRAM FOR CERTAIN YOUTH IN FOSTER CARE which adds topics to be covered under Preparation for Adult Living requirements. Requires PAL to include lessons concerning insurance, taxes and voting and HB 474 | RELATING TO A DEPARTMENT OF FAMILY AND PROTECTIVE SERVICES PLAN TO ADDRESS THE SUBSTITUTE CARE CAPACITY NEEDS IN CERTAIN DEPARTMENT REGIONS which adds placements for pregnant and parenting youth to the required capacity needs assessment.

For a complete list of Bills championed by Texas CASA, high priority Bills for Texas CASA and Bills supported by Texas CASA please visit the Bill Tracker website by clicking HERE.