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CASA was a lead partner in the state’s first project to provide youth in foster care who are also in trouble with the law with a crossover court hearing. CASA volunteers and staff are crosstrained to effectively advocate for youth’s needs at home, at school, in the community and within the juvenile justice system. This innovative approach bridges the gap between root causes of youth’s criminal behavior (childhood trauma, multiple foster homes) and necessary services for the youth and their family to address issues that have caused trouble in their homes.

Model Court Pilot Projects

Adopted by or live with relative



Crossover Court: Speaking up for teens in trouble

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(includes courtesy work for other CASA programs, cases dismissed, other outcomes)

In 2012, CASA participated in two pilot projects as a partner in the Travis County Model Court for Children, Youth and Families. The first focused on minimizing the negative impact that involvement with the child welfare system often has on a youth’s education. CASA volunteers were specially trained to access services available for foster children through Austin ISD. CASA volunteers advocate for the quick transfer of a student’s records when a child moves to a new school, making sure all credits and degree plans transfer and supporting students’ involvement in sports and other activities. The second project focused on Court Ordered Services cases, in which Child Protective Services and the courts are addressing abuse or neglect within a family, but the State has not yet taken custody of the children. These cases play an important stabilization role for children, helping their families heal and grow strong without the anguish of removal from familiar surroundings and entry into the foster care system. CASA was appointed to 100% of the children in these pilot projects.

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Looking at Dorothy and his adoptive mothers, Agustin shared, “I’ve had many people in my life that taught me a lot, but these are the people that stuck in there with me the most, who dealt with all the harsh things I used to do and with all the pain I caused them. They could have given up on me, but I’m glad they didn’t, and I’m glad that I’ve become the person that I am.”




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Agustin’s growth, including dramatically improving his grades and behavior, led to his two foster mothers adopting him at the age of 17. “Now when you go off to serve, you have your family waiting for you to come back, saying prayers that you’re safe and sound,” Dorothy told him. Agustin added, “I’m going to be so proud of serving my country and coming back home with wings on my uniform to say, ‘Mom, I made it through, look at what I’ve become.’”





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injuries his junior year meant no more football, Dorothy “They could have given When knew Agustin needed a team and positive male role models, so up on me, but I’m she got him signed up for ROTC. Agustin started as a Navy ROTC cadet, and “within the year they promoted me three ranks. My glad they didn’t.” naval instructors asked me what I wanted to do for them next year and I said, ‘I want to be platoon commander.’ That summer they told me I would be platoon commander for Bravo Third senior year.” Now enlisted in the Navy, he will head to boot camp after he graduates high school in June and eventually become an air crewman for the Navy. He has signed up for six years active and two years reserve duty.

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Total number of children in the Travis County courts due to abuse or neglect

CASA of Travis County is ahead of most CASA programs in developing innovative strategies to increase diversity, strengthen cultural competence and work alongside community stakeholders to address racial/ethnic inequities in the child welfare and judicial system. National CASA took notice of our efforts and recognized us with their Inclusion Award. While we acknowledge there is still plenty of work ahead of us, this honor inspires us to continue moving forward in being that powerful voice and force in our community.

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“Part of being a CASA volunteer is discovering a kid’s passion and talents, and for Agustin it was football. He wanted to belong to a team,” said Dorothy who worked with CASA to send Agustin to football camp and took him to his first Longhorn game. “During my high school games, you would hear my name being yelled a lot,” said Agustin about Dorothy, his constant cheerleader.


children were served by CASA staff members

Total number of children served by CASA of Travis County

One of those adults is his CASA volunteer Dorothy de la Garza. She saw Agustin’s potential and wanted him in a permanent home before he turned 18. “In every report to the judge, we held out for adoption,” said Dorothy. Agustin was in a great foster family and she felt it could be an adoptive home if Agustin could overcome some of the behavior challenges brought on by his tough childhood. She focused on helping Agustin succeed in every way possible.



Agustin, a sweet, thoughtful 18-year-old with a great smile and confident handshake, had A R vo is lun a pretty rough childhood. He grew up with nh i tee r Do sti n severe abuse and drug use in his family until rothy Agu de la Garza with he entered the foster care system at 13. Yet Agustin’s positive attitude and the support of dedicated adults have helped him become an amazing young man.



Meet Dorothy & Agustin

30% $846,712

Government Grants

Foundation Grants

17% $466,857

Special Events, Net

25% $716,962*

Individual/Corporate Contributions *In accordance with accounting rules includes $254,550 in pledges of funds to be paid in future years

78% $1,894,846

Program Services Volunteer Recruitment Volunteer Screening Volunteer Training Supervision & Support for Volunteers Community Outreach & Awareness Direct Assistance to Children & Families

16% $378,780

Fundraising 6% - $147,072 Administration

Building for the Future Campaign for CASA Launched for Every Child

The Campaign for CASA is a multi-year effort to reach our vision of providing a trained CASA volunteer for every child in need in our community. This requires growing our revenues by approximately $750,000 annually to increase professional staff and infrastructure and recruiting at least 325 more volunteers to advocate for at least 650 more children. The Campaign for CASA steering committee – CASA Board members, volunteers and community supporters – leads the fundraising effort. In this first year, we increased individual giving by 46%, and Austin Stone Community Church pledged to help recruit 200 more volunteers.

Anonymous Grant Challenges Others “This is a problem we can solve,” is the attitude of a very generous family who has made an amazing gift to CASA in 2012: $600,000 over three years. This is an extraordinary demonstration of belief in our mission and an unprecedented investment in our vision. Two generations of this family encouraged CASA to use their gift as a challenge to inspire other donors who also believe every child in our community who needs a CASA volunteer should have one.


Dear CASA friends,

2012 Donors

$100,000 + Anonymous Michael & Susan Dell Foundation RGK Foundation

Thank you for everything you did to make 2012 a great year for CASA of Travis County. You helped ensure that more children than ever had the powerful voice of a CASA volunteer to advocate for their best interest in court, in school and across our community.

www.casatravis.org | Phone: 512.459.2272

2012 Annual Report A Project of

7701 N Lamar Blvd, Ste 301 Austin, TX 78752

C A S A O F T R A V I S C O U N T Y, I N C .

We are focused on the future and on the goal of providing a dedicated volunteer advocate for every child who needs us. The vision statement you see below… that’s the real deal. We mean it and we’re trying to get there as soon as possible. We served over 100 more children in 2012 than we did the year before, yet children are coming into the child welfare system faster than we can keep up. A year ago when I wrote the Annual Report letter we were closer to being able to advocate for every child than we are now. The children who needed a CASA volunteer rose from 500 in 2011 to 650 children in 2012. We need your help. I encourage you to read this report, find a new aspect of CASA that intrigues you and add another layer to your involvement. With your help, we can close the gap and help every child who needs us to have a safe home and a promising future.


Laura D. Wolf, Executive Director

For every child who needs us, CASA of Travis County envisions a trained volunteer advocate, a safe home and a promising future.


CASA of Travis County exists to promote and protect the best interest of children who have been abused or neglected, by training volunteers to advocate for them in courts, in schools and in our community to help them find safe, permanent and loving homes.

2012 Board of Directors

Todd Lewis, President Jessica Blacklock, Vice President John Recker, Secretary/Treasurer Orlando Castillo Everett Carmody Jamie Cotton

Alicia Duleba Matt Hamilton Albert Hawkins G Herver Debbie Holley Kemp Kasling

April Kubik Kirk Lewis Lee E. Potts David Rubin Andy Valenzuela

$50,000 - $99,999 Austin Community Foundation Denise & Jerry Conway Karen & George Manson $25,000 - $49,999 Juli & Everett Carmody Citizen Generation Raymond T. Dalio Debbie & Bryan Holley Melissa & David Rubin Topfer Family Foundation $10,000 - $24,999 Anonymous 3M Balcones Pain Consultants Jessica & Jimmy Blacklock The Cipione Family Foundation Dell Employee Giving Program Dr Pepper/Seven Up, Inc. Stephanie & Jerry Gregoire Tracy & Matthew Hamilton Kasling Hemphill Dolezal & Atwell, LLP Lesley Ledwell Lola Wright Foundation The Lowe Foundation The Robert & Janice McNair Foundation The Roy F. & Joann Cole Mitte Foundation Kennedy & John Neff Carolyn & Tom Nicewarner Tina & John Recker Pamela & Leonard Russo Shield-Ayres Foundation Beth & Frank Stabile Texas Bar Foundation Laura D. Wolf

$5,000 - $9,999 Anonymous Boon Insurance Management Services, LP Jennifer Brockwell ConocoPhillips Company Jeanne & Michael Crosno Ila & John Falvey HealthTronics The Junior League of Austin Kappa Alpha Theta - UT Chapter Jill & Kirk Lewis Lisa & Todd Lewis The Long Foundation Teresa & Matt McCarty Nordstrom Kathryn Nowlin PGA TOUR Charities, Inc. Piper & Turner PLLC Jane Quentan Piper Potts + Blacklock PLLC Catherine & Charles Sansbury The Webber Family $2,500 - $4,999 Kelli & Ryan Agnell Kathleen & David Allen Austin Bar Foundation Austin Pain Associates Garth Bates Jr. Memorial Fund Donna & Kevin Bell Margaret & James Bigger Jessica & John Blood Lorry & Rollie Carlson Spring & Orlando Castillo Rhonda & Skip Chandler Coca-Cola Refreshments Belinda Roberts & Todd Coleman Concept Services Jamie & James Cotton Electric Transmission Texas, LLC F & B LLP Frost National Bank

Joyee & Randal Goodall Jackie & Albert Hawkins Kim & Kyle Hughes Dana & Kemp Kasling Keep Austin Well Debbie & Chick Kobelan Kathy F. Lane LCRA Employees’ United Charities Joyce & David Lindsey Annie & Mark McKinnon Alison & Jeff Meador Mary & Lynn Moak Margaret & Jack Murray National Instruments PDS Energy PlainsCapital Bank Kari & Lee Potts Key & Hank Richardson Roger Beasley Mazda Russell Korman Fine Watches & Jewelry Spredfast Sullivan’s Steakhouse Douglas A. Taylor Texas Capital Bank United Heritage Credit Union Rachael & Ben Vaughan Foundation Sharon & Curt Webb $1,000 - $2,499 Anonymous Lissa Adams Applied Materials Marsha & Gene Attal Austin Convention & Visitors Bureau Austin Tennis Net Mavis & Shawn Ball Elizabeth Barsalou & Scott Woodbury Bazaarvoice, Inc. Bethany United Methodist Church Bimbo Bakeries Stephanie & Gregory Bobrek Wanda & Bill Bonder Paula & R. Sterling Boon Pam & Jeff Brown Lauren & Matt Buck Amanda Cambre Cambridge Systematics Robin Salzillo Campbell Charfen Institute Chasis Consulting, Inc. Bonita Griffith & David Chasis Tavia & John Conkling Jacqueline & Matthew Curtin Carolyn & Tom Curtis The Dubose Family Foundation Alicia & Jon Duleba Mary Ellen & John Egan

Electronic Arts Meghan & Stephen Elwell Reid Essl Tera Ferguson First United Methodist Church Nora Fitzgerald & Mark J. Gude Fleckman & McGlynn, PLLC Juliet & Ryan Foster JoLynn & Greg Free Janet & David Freidberg Winnie & Leslie Gage Carolyn Lewis Gallagher Lori Gann Gracy Title Company Ronald Greening Cheryl & Corey Hart Kara & Jay Hartzell Tracy L. Henderson Heritage Title Co. of Austin, Inc. The Heroes Alliance/Ikkicon G Herver & Brad Hermes Eli Hickey Jennifer Huff & David Pierson IBM Employee Services Center Jackson Walker LLP Journeyman Construction Louis J. & Millie M. Kocurek Charitable Foundation KPMG, LLP April & Kris Kubik Christy & Ray Langenberg Kathy & Bodey Langford Mary & Bill LaRosa Lee Tilford Agency Robyn & Todd Leszczynski Live Oak - Gottesman LLC Lorenz & Lorenz, LLP Cara Magliocco Laura & John Malnar Julie & Nils Marchand Jean & David Mattka Meador & Jones, LLP Mercedes-Benz of Austin Kevin Middleton Daniel Mondrik Kirsten & Charles Moody Patricia & Bob Otto The Prudential Foundation Timi & Phillip Quici Randolph Brooks Federal Credit Union Bitsy & William Rice Rivas Goldstein Attorneys John Rivas & Nicole Goldstein Amy & Tyler Rudd Daniel Russo Joyce & John Sampson Debra Schultz & Gary G. Sanders

Powerful Voice Society

As of May 31, 2013

These passionate, committed individuals care deeply about CASA’s mission and provided one or more children with a CASA volunteer for a whole year through their gifts of $1,500 or more.

Michael Sconzo Serendipity Gifts Seton Healthcare Network Gene Alice & Max Sherman Irene & Alexander Shoghi Michael Smith, Esq. Susan & Dale Spivey St. Thomas More Catholic Church Tige & Brian Stading Tycha & Ronald Stading Lisa & Erik Strandberg Superior HealthPlan Allison Swank teleNetwork Partners, Ltd. Pam & David Terreson Verizon Wireless Capital City Post #8787 VFW Walmart & Sam’s Club Foundation Tommy G. Warren Wells Fargo Community Support Campaign In 2012, these donors gave substantial gifts of products or services: Conway & Associates, Inc. CultureMap Austin Curra’s Grill Rosemary & Russell Douglass Dr Pepper/Seven Up, Inc. Epic Films & Productions Fit Events, LLC FOX 7 Franzetti Master Jeweler Colleen & Rick Gardner Anne Pritchard Grady Halex International, Inc. Andrew Harper H-E-B

Hill Country Bible Church The Hills of Lakeway Golf & Country Club Debbie & Bryan Holley Horseshoe Bay Resort J. Stern Diamond & Watch Co. KASE 101 Kasling Hemphill Dolezal & Atwell, LLP KingsIsle Entertainment, Inc. KLRU-TV KVUE-24 Lyles-DeGrazier Wholesale Jewelers Mueller Development Patrick Perez Quik Print Randolph Brooks Federal Credit Union ResearchPoint Global Riverbend Church Rogue Equipment Russell Korman Fine Watches & Jewelry St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church Strong Events SXSW Conferences & Festivals Target Stores Texas Monthly Transfiguration Greek Orthodox Church United Christian Church United Heritage Credit Union Univision Austin Verbena Floral Design Whole Earth Provision Company Yellow Jacket River Guides

If you feel you’ve been left off this list or we misspelled your name, please accept our apologies and kindly let us know so we can properly thank you.

Lissa Adams Kelli & Ryan Agnell Sudie & Brad Anderson Anonymous (5) Elizabeth Barsalou & Scott Woodbury Donna & Kevin Bell Fayruz Benyousef & Malek Ben-Musa John Berkowitz Jessica & Jimmy Blacklock Paula & Sterling Boon Anne & Bud Brigham Jennifer Brockwell Lorry & Rollie Carlson Juli & Everett Carmody Rhonda & Skip Chandler Bonita Griffith & David Chasis Cipione Family Foundation Denise & Jerry Conway Costigan Family Foundation Jamie & Jimbo Cotton Kathryn Engelhardt-Cronk & Tom Cronk Jeanne & Michael Crosno Carolyn & Tom Curtis Philip S. DeMarie Kelly & Lee Dodson Rosemary & Russell Douglass Dubose Family Foundation Alicia & Jon Duleba Reid Essl Ila & John Falvey Tera Ferguson Susanne & Chad Franks Morgan & Ben Gaddis Winnie & Leslie Gage Carolyn Lewis Gallagher

Stephanie & Jerry Gregoire Tracy & Matthew Hamilton Cheryl & Corey Hart Kara & Jay Hartzell Jacquelyn & Albert Hawkins G Herver & Brad Hermes Kejda & Pete Herzog Debbie & Bryan Holley Kim & Kyle Hughes Stephanie & Anthony Icenogle Dana & Kemp Kasling Debbie & Chick Kobelan April & Kris Kubik Kathy Lane Christy & Ray Langenberg Leslie & David Laverty Lesley Ledwell Jill & Kirk Lewis Lisa & Todd Lewis Joyce & David Lindsey Stephanie & Dr. Randy Lisch Teresa & Joe Long Melissa & Wade Lorber Lesley & Ted Lorenz Shelley & Steve Malachowski Vaughn Mankey Karen & George Manson Jean & David Mattka Teresa & Matt McCarty Mary & Lynn Moak Amanda & Chris Montgomery Kirsten & Charles Moody Margaret & Jack Murray Kennedy & John Neff Heather & Jack Nelson

Carolyn & Tom Nicewarner Greg Norrell Kathryn Nowlin Patricia & Bob Otto Darlene & Anthony Owens Debbie & Chris Pacitti Jane Quentan Piper Kari & Lee Potts Catherine & Willy Powers Timi & Phillip Quici Tina & John Recker Bitsy & William Rice Key & Hank Richardson Nicole Goldstein & John Rivas Lisa & Phil Rosenbaum Pam & Jerry Rouse Melissa & David Rubin Daniel Russo Heidi & Scott Scholz Gene Alice & Max Sherman Irene & Alexander Shoghi Debra & Joseph Slapak Kim & Jared Slosberg Genevieve Duncan & Keith Snodgrass Beth & Frank Stabile Samantha & Johnny Stevens Andrea & Andrew Swanson Sarah & Andy Valenzuela Heather & Ruston Vickers Emily & Daniel Walker The Webber Family Ashley & Robert Whitfield Laura D. Wolf Paul Zito

Endowment Donors

In 2012, we established the CASA Endowment for Children to provide a permanent source of revenue for the future. The Austin Community Foundation helped us launch the endowment by issuing a challenge for us to raise $20,000 each year for four years and is providing matching funds. The following donors gave $250 or more to the endowment in 2012: Bonita Griffith & David Chasis Ruth & Patrick Doane Ila & John Falvey

Leigh Gump Jane Quentan Piper Anita & Bert Pluymen

Multi-Year Pledges

Genevieve Duncan & Keith Snodgrass Denise & Todd Wade

The donors highlighted in blue above also have current pledges of gifts over multiple years in support of our vision of serving every child in need in our community.

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2012 Annual Report  

Thank you for everything you did to make 2012 a great year for CASA of Travis County. You helped ensure that more children than ever had the...

2012 Annual Report  

Thank you for everything you did to make 2012 a great year for CASA of Travis County. You helped ensure that more children than ever had the...