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CASA of Travis County: Highlights of 2013

Education Advocacy

Family Finding Program

Through a grant from the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation, we have created a staff position and volunteer opportunities with the sole purpose of finding family for children in foster care. The Family Finding Specialist trains and supports experienced volunteers to locate and connect youth with family and supportive adults. Often extended family members are unaware a child is in foster care, especially if they are out of touch with the child’s family. Whether family can offer a permanent home, links to a child’s heritage or simply the promise of a supportive adult in a child’s life, youth in foster care who have healthy connections to family are more likely to thrive in any environment.

Aaron ended up in foster care after his father died. A rough

divorce and complicated family relationships had separated him from his mother, and his father’s family kept him at first but then gave him up to CPS without telling his mom. He bounced around the foster care system for years. His CASA volunteer found notes on a half-brother in his case files. It turned out that Aaron’s halfbrother and mother had been looking for him and were told he was adopted by someone else. Aaron was able to reconnect with his mom for the first time in 7 years!

Carissa and Lara’s parents were about to have their

parental rights terminated in trial and the girls were staying with an aunt but she couldn’t care for them both. CASA found another aunt who was willing to help but had been denied previously due to misinformation about her background. We discovered she actually had no criminal history and could have been a great placement option all along. Trial was even avoided when Carissa and Lara’s mother agreed to relinquish her rights if her daughters could live with their two aunts.

Alex has lived in foster care for 10 years with no family

connections, moving from one group home to the next. CASA tracked down his older sister, Dee, who aged out of foster care and was doing well, but was too young to care for Alex. We reconnected Alex and Dee and now drive him to regular visits with her that dramatically improve his mood and progress in treatment. While we continue our search, finding family is also about connections to history and relationships with supportive adults. It is truly special to see these two reuniting as family.

Jenny’s mom was addicted to drugs and her grandmother

could no longer care for her. She was about to end up with strangers in foster care. Her CASA volunteer worked with Family Finding and, through her father’s obituary, they identified relatives interested in helping. We advocated that Jenny stay with her grandmother a few more weeks to have time to get relatives involved. Within a few days, a cousin agreed to care for Jenny long-term. Jenny avoided a traumatic entrance into foster care and now has a promising future with family.

CASA is now appointed as the official “education advocate” to school-aged children in addition to being appointed as guardian ad litem. This will have a strong positive impact on educational outcomes for children, especially those who have experienced multiple school transfers and are at risk of falling behind in school.

Early Appointments


Judges have always wanted to appoint CASA at the earliest possible stage in the court process in order to have a dedicated advocate on the case from the very beginning. To move towards this vision, we are now being appointed early to all children over age four, all sibling groups and all children with special needs.

Children Served


New children assigned to CASA

Of the approximately 2,021 children in the Travis County courts due to abuse or neglect...

Child Race & Ethnicity



AfricanAmerican 24%



children were served by CASA staff members



Bi-Racial/ Multi-Racial

children still needed CASA’s advocacy


Other/Not-Specified - 4%



Children’s cases that closed reunited with family or relatives


Children’s cases that closed with a permanent home


We have expanded our volunteer recruitment team by hiring a Strategic Partnerships Manager who reached out to over 100 civic-minded businesses and government agencies to connect volunteers to CASA. We also have team positions dedicated to diversity/inclusiveness and volunteer retention. We implemented monthly Volunteer Info Sessions in our office and around the community, and of those who attended the sessions, over 40% applied to become CASA volunteers! This helped achieve a 38% increase over 2012 in the average number of volunteer applications per month, moving us closer to our goal of having a CASA volunteer for every child who needs one.

593 Active volunteers appointed to children



children had a dedicated CASA volunteer

Children’s cases closed with the help of CASA

Child Age

Enhanced Volunteer Recruitment Efforts

5 - 13 45%

207 New volunteers completed training

14 - 17 15%

18 & Up - 5% Unknown - 1%

Of the 688 children’s cases closed...


Volunteers who closed a case in 2012 and took a new case in 2013

Reunified with parents 55%

Adopted by or live with relatives 21%


Volunteer inquiries thanks to our enhanced recruitment team

Adopted by or live with non-relatives 13% Aged out of the system - 3% Other - 8%

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

2013 Fiscal Report

32% $1,061,223* Foundation Grants

27% $892,466 Government Grants

23% $762,548* Individual/ Corporate Contributions

Powerful Voice Society - Our major donor society ended 2013 with a record 117 members. Of our new members, 31 of them joined during the 2013 CASAblanca Gala and were motivated by a surprise anonymous $100,000 matching gift! 18% $609,110 Special Events, Net

*In accordance with accounting rules includes $597,310 in pledges or grants of funds to be paid in future years.

New Donors - 2013 brought us 510 new supporters for CASA including two first-time gifts

of $10,000. The brand-new Amplify Austin city-wide day of giving gave us a huge boost in new donors. We raised over $17,500 in just 24 hours through this event!

Campaign for CASA - We continue to work towards securing major, multi-year gifts and

pledges to help reach our vision of a CASA volunteer for every child who needs one. In 2013, approximately 44% of our individual gifts were donated through the Campaign for CASA.

Expenses Total: $2,697,893 79% $2,143,315 Program Services

14% $371,982


7%- $182,596 - Administration

Revenue & Community Support Total: $3,325,347

Dear CASA family,

Powerful Voice Society

Thank you! You made 2013 a year of innovative advocacy and important initiatives for children and families.

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.

$50,000 - $99,999 Conway & Associates, Inc. Melissa & David Rubin $25,000 - $49,999 Anonymous Juli & Everett Carmody Stephanie & Jerry Gregoire Debbie & Bryan Holley Topfer Family Foundation $10,000 - $24,999 Anonymous 3M The Anderson Foundation Jessica & Jimmy Blacklock Brigham Family Foundation Lorry & Rollie Carlson The Costigan Family Foundation Dell Employee Giving Program Dr Pepper/Seven Up, Inc. Tracy & Matt Hamilton Harutunian Engineering Inc. Johnson & Johnson Dana & Max Leaman Lesley Ledwell Carolyn Lewis The Long Foundation The Lowe Foundation Karen & George Manson The Roy F. & Joann Cole Mitte Foundation Carolyn & Tom Nicewarner Oxford Commercial Lisa & Phil Rosenbaum Shield-Ayres Foundation Emily & Paul Twitchell Emily & Daniel Walker Warren Walters $5,000 - $9,999 Anonymous (3) Austin Christian Fellowship Balcones Pain Consultants Anne & Bud Brigham Jennifer Brockwell The Cipione Family Foundation ConocoPhillips Company Jamie & James Cotton Kelly & Lee Dodson Endo Pharmaceuticals Inc. Anissa & Todd Everett Ila & John Falvey

And just as you would do for your own family, when a problem is identified, you get in there early to help them fix it. If your family is falling behind in school, you advocate for their needs and help them catch up. We built upon this notion to further improve our advocacy by agreeing to be appointed as “education advocates” for school-aged children.

www.casatravis.org | Phone: 512.459.2272

2013 Annual Report

2013 Donors $100,000 + Anonymous Michael & Susan Dell Foundation

Also in 2013 we dedicated ourselves to growing the CASA “family” in order to speak up for more of our community’s children. We grew our volunteer recruitment team and increased our fundraising efforts to bring in more volunteers and more supporters like you who believe in the power of CASA to make a difference for children.

As I always say to new volunteers in training at CASA 101, “Now you’re part of the CASA family.” Family is really, in one way or another, at the heart of everything we do at CASA. Thank you for your support in growing our family tree in 2013.

Laura D. Wolf, Executive Director

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

We proudly launched our Family Finding program with the support of the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation. With a dedicated staff specialist and volunteers training each month, we’re looking at family trees in a way we never have before. Through Family Finding we can tremendously improve the futures of children who’ve been stuck in foster care for years and help other children avoid lengthy stays in the system.

Jeanne & Michael Crosno Electric Transmission Texas, LLC Fleckman & McGlynn, PLLC Grace Covenant Church Morgan & Ben Gaddis In-N-Out Burger Foundation Give Realty, Inc. The Junior League of Austin Gail & Harold Hamilton Kemp Kasling Jackie & Albert Hawkins Kasling, Hemphill, Dolezal & Atwell, H-E-B L.L.P. Kappa Alpha Theta - UT Chapter Lisa & Todd Lewis KPMG, L.L.P. Lola Wright Foundation Kathy F. Lane National Instruments Leslie & David Laverty Kennedy & John Neff Jill & Kirk Lewis Debbie & Chris Pacitti LifeAustin Piper & Turner PLLC Joyce & David Lindsey Potts + Blacklock PLLC Teresa & Joe Long Kari & Lee Potts Shelley & Steve Malachowski Tina & John Recker Celina & Vaughn Mankey RetailMeNot, Inc. Mary & Lynn Moak Pam & Leonard Russo Amanda & Christopher Montgomery Catherine & Charles Sansbury Bee & Leif Pedersen SXSW Conferences & Festivals PlainsCapital Bank teleNetwork Partners, Ltd. Gina & Buddy Schroeder Sharon & Curt Webb Kim & Jared Slosberg Nancy H. Webber Spredfast Debbie & Ken Wilson St. Thomas More Catholic Church Laura D. Wolf Texas Capital Bank Carin & Paul Zito Mary & John Vanderheyden Rachael & Ben Vaughan Foundation $2,500 - $4,999 Heather & Ruston Vickers Kathi & David Allen Ashley & Mark Whitfield Austin American-Statesman Austin Bar Foundation $1,000 - $2,499 Austin Pain Associates Anonymous Donna & Kevin Bell Kelli & Ryan Agnell Ann L. Benolken & Mark Engeling Sudie & Brad Anderson Boon Insurance Management Elizabeth Barsalou & Scott Woodbury Services, L.P. Bazaarvoice, Inc. Rhonda & Skip Chandler Fayruz Benyousef & Malek Ben-Musa Bonita Griffith & David Chasis John Berkowitz Coca-Cola Refreshments Bethany United Methodist Church Yolanda & Chris Conyers Kathryn Blackbird & Craig Hurwitz

Lissa Adams Tracy & Matthew Hamilton Kelli & Ryan Agnell Lisa Hannusch Ana & Jay Aleman Linda Harman Kathi & David Allen Alice & Tom Harrison Sudie & Brad Anderson Cheryl & Corey Hart Amanda & Dave Andrae Kara & Jay Hartzell Anonymous (8) Sara & The Honorable John Hathaway Gretchen & Chris Atwell Jacquelyn & Albert Hawkins Elizabeth Barsalou & Scott Woodbury G Herver & Brad Hermes Donna & Kevin Bell Kejda & Pete Herzog Fayruz Benyousef & Malek Ben-Musa Debbie & John Highbarger John Berkowitz Debbie & Bryan Holley Jessica & Jimmy Blacklock Kristi & Erik Hoover Sandy & Bob Blevins Kim & Kyle Hughes Paula & Sterling Boon Stephanie & Anthony Icenogle Anne & Bud Brigham Terri & Scott Ingraham Jennifer Brockwell Jennifer Jorgenson Stephen Brown Rony Kahan & Xochi Shuey Patricia Burgess & Doug Jeffries Dana Kasling Brooke Burns Kemp Kasling Rose & Kevin Byrne Debbie & Chick Kobelan Lorry & Rollie Carlson April & Kris Kubik Juli & Everett Carmody Kathy Lane Linda Carter Kathy & Robert Langford Rhonda & Skip Chandler Leslie & David Laverty Bonita Griffith & David Chasis Dana & Max Leaman Denise & Jerry Conway Sheila & Casey Leaman Costigan Family Foundation Carolyn Lewis Jamie & Jimbo Cotton Jill & Kirk Lewis Kathryn Engelhardt-Cronk & Tom Cronk Lisa & Todd Lewis Jeanne & Michael Crosno Joyce & David Lindsey Calvin Crowder Stephanie & Dr. Randy Lisch Philip S. DeMarie Teresa & Joe Long Peggy & Bob Dickerson Melissa & Wade Lorber Kelly & Lee Dodson Lesley & Ted Lorenz Rosemary & Russell Douglass Shelley & Steve Malachowski Dubose Family Foundation Celina & Vaughn Mankey Alicia & Jon Duleba Karen & George Manson John Egan Julianne Nelson & Richard Mattingly Dawn & Randy Eckert Lynette & John Maxwell Annie & Dirk Elmendorf Teresa & Matt McCarty Meghan & Stephen Elwell Sally R. McIntosh Ann Benolken & Mark Engeling Amy & Jim Miller Ila & John Falvey Mary & Lynn Moak Tera Ferguson & Douglas Rivera Amanda & Chris Montgomery Julie & Ryan Foster Kirsten & Charles Moody Susanne & Chad Franks Hollis & Jerry Moore Janet & David Freidberg Margaret & Jack Murray Morgan & Ben Gaddis Nidhi & Tanuj Nakra Carolyn & Dennis Gans Dina & Jimmy Nassour Becca & Russell Gips Kelly & Jason Nassour Stephanie & Jerry Gregoire Kennedy & John Neff Melissa & Kareem Hajjar Heather & Jack Nelson Gail & Harold Hamilton Carolyn & Tom Nicewarner

As of May 31, 2014

Greg Norrell Kathryn Nowlin Patricia & Bob Otto Darlene & Anthony Owens Debbie & Chris Pacitti Julie & Bryan Payne David “Snap” Pearson Jane Quentan Piper Kari & Lee Potts Caroline Powers 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 Ben Rubenstein Melissa & David Rubin Ana & Alejandro Ruelas Devon & Daniel Russo Pam & Leonard Russo Joyce & Jack Sampson Catherine & Charles Sansbury Amanda & Dick Schmidt Heidi & Scott Scholz Irene & Alexander Shoghi Kim & Jared Slosberg Beki & Steven Smit Donna & Michael Smith Beth & Frank Stabile Samantha & Johnny Stevens Andrea & Andy Swanson Michelle & Martin Taylor Janelle & Ken Treaccar Emily & Paul Twitchell Melinda & Barry Twomey Sarah & Andy Valenzuela Heather & Ruston Vickers Kyrrha & Steve Wacker Emily & Daniel Walker Warren Walters The Webber Family Ashley & Robert Whitfield Debbie & Ken Wilson Laura D. Wolf Carin & Paul Zito

Multi-Year Pledges:

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.

Mary & Mathis Blackstock Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas Paula & R. Sterling Boon Bose Family Foundation Pat & Michael Breiy Paige A. Buechley Patricia Burgess & Doug Jeffries The Honorable Darlene & Mr. Daniel Byrne Linda Carter Clark Mente Architects, Inc. Jim Creswell J. Calvin Crowder Jacqueline & Matthew Curtin Jennifer Darrouzet Dorothy & John De La Garza Philip S. DeMarie Patricia Donahue & Paul Karon Rosemary & Russell Douglass Cooper Drenner The Dubose Family Foundation Alicia & Jon Duleba Debbie Dupin The Edgewater Group Kathryn Engelhardt-Cronk & Tom Cronk Enoch Kever PLLC EZCorp, Inc. Tera Ferguson & Douglas Rivera First Presbyterian Church Fiserv Kevin Fleming Bonnie & Jack Foster Susanne & Chad Franks Janet & David Freidberg James N. Frinzi Frost National Bank Lonny R. Gorban Gridiron Stadium Network Guardians of the Children - Austin Chapter Kelly Hanssen Cheryl & Corey Hart Kara & Jay Hartzell Tracy L. Henderson G Herver & Brad Hermes Kejda & Peter Herzog Tera & Brett Hogan Kristi & Erik Hoover Molly & Craig Hughes Kim & Kyle Hughes IBM Employee Services Center I Live Here, I Give Here Stephanie & Anthony Icenogle Shanna Igo Terri & Scott Ingraham Jackson Walker LLP Jasper Design Automation Journeyman Construction Keri & Adam Kinsey

Debbie & Chick Kobelan Kocurek Charitable Foundation, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee Korean Baptist Church of Austin Barb Kowal & Nancy Walling April & Kris Kubik Kathy & Bodey Langford Lenovo Stephanie & Randy Lisch Live Oak - Gottesman LLC Melissa & Wade Lorber Lesley & Ted Lorenz Julianne Nelson & Richard Mattingly Mercedes-Benz of Austin Kevin J. Middleton Daniel Mondrik Kirsten & Charles Moody Mary K. Wolf & Ron H. Moss Heather & Jack Nelson Greg Norrell Kit Belgum & Forrest Novy Patricia & Bob Otto Pfizer Foundation Catherine & Willy Powers Praxair, Inc. The Prudential Foundation Matching Gifts Program Timi & Phillip Quici Bitsy & Bill Rice Nicole & John Rivas Pam & Jerry Rouse Benjamin Rubenstein Devon & Daniel Russo Joyce & Jack Sampson Heidi & Scott Scholz Serendipity Gifts Seton Healthcare Network si2 Silicon Laboratories Beki & Steven Smit Stephanie Smith Sno-Beach Spivey & Grigg, LLC Beth & Frank Stabile Samantha & John Stevens Yogi & Robert Strait Superior HealthPlan Andrea & Andy Swanson Tela Innovations, Inc. Heather & Scott Thacker David E. Thon Janelle & Ken Treaccar Melinda & Barry Twomey United Heritage Credit Union Urban Mattress South Austin Sarah & Andy Valenzuela Capital City Post #8787 VFW Denni & John Washburn

In 2013, these donors gave substantial gifts of products or services:

360 Press Solutions Andrew Dorer Photography Austin American-Statesman The Austin Chronicle AW Media, Inc. Bethany United Methodist Church Brown Distributing Co. Inc. Shari & Robert Butler Callaway Golf Interactive Camp Balcones Springs Catapult Systems Inc. Chad W Adams Photography Circuit of the Americas Coca-Cola Refreshments Conway & Associates, Inc. Rosemary & Russell Douglass Dr Pepper/Seven Up, Inc. Driveway Austin Motor Sports The Electric Reliability Council of Texas Daniel Esquivel Event Data Solutions Anissa & Todd Everett Fit Events, LLC Fitness 360 H-E-B The Hills of Lakeway Golf & Country Club Debbie & Bryan Holley Horseshoe Bay Resort Jackson Walker LLP Kasling, Hemphill, Dolezal & Atwell, L.L.P. KLRU-TV KVET 98.1 FM Lajitas Golf Resort & Spa Lyles-DeGrazier Wholesale Jewelers Peggy McDonell Mueller Development New York Life Insurance Quik Print Riverbend Church Rogue Equipment Russell Korman Fine Jewelry & Watches Lauren & John Saunders Scott, Douglass & McConnico, L.L.P. Steiner Cares Strong Events Texas Commission on Environmental Quality Texas Monthly Transfiguration Greek Orthodox Church United Heritage Credit Union Univision 62 Zoltan David, Atelier If you feel you’ve been left off this list or we misspelled your name, please accept our apologies and let us know so we can properly thank you.

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 have given $250 or more to the endowment since 2012: Bonita Griffith & David Chasis Ruth & Patrick Doane Ila & John Falvey Leigh Gump

Jane Quentan Piper Anita & Bert Pluymen Genevieve Duncan & Keith Snodgrass

Denise & Todd Wade Jane M. Wolf

Mission 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.

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

2013 Board of Directors Jessica Blacklock, President John Recker, Vice President Matt Hamilton, Secretary/Treasurer John Berkowitz Anne Brigham Everett Carmody Jamie Cotton

Alicia Duleba Albert Hawkins G Herver Debbie Holley Kemp Kasling April Kubik Todd Lewis

Lee E. Potts Benjamin Rubenstein David Rubin Jared Slosberg Andy Valenzuela Ashley Wright Maria Wright

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2013 CASA of Travis County Annual Report  

Thank you! You made 2013 a year of innovative advocacy and important initiatives for children and families. Please enjoy reading our Annual...

2013 CASA of Travis County Annual Report  

Thank you! You made 2013 a year of innovative advocacy and important initiatives for children and families. Please enjoy reading our Annual...