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You change children’s lives... 1,291 last year alone! Here’s one success story that you made happen. Lillian loves animals, travel, drawing, singing, eating adventurously and learning about different cultures. Jeanne is a law librarian who enjoys swimming, walking, reading, and similar to Lillian, animals, travel and eating adventurously. Jeanne is Lillian’s CASA volunteer, though when you spend time with them, they seem like family. When Lillian was 9, she and her older sister had to leave their home because their parents’ addiction to drugs and untreated mental health issues had made it unsafe. That was when Lillian met Jeanne. Over the next 5 years, Lillian lived in 9 different places—and almost never with her sister—yet Jeanne kept up with her every step of the way. As Lillian’s CASA volunteer, Jeanne worked hard to make sure the judge making decisions about where Lillian lived always had as much information as possible. School projects, birthdays, doctor’s visits, likes and dislikes, all of that and more was Jeanne’s job to know about. Nobody else was so focused on this little girl. Topping Lillian’s wish list was to see her sister and to become a veterinarian when she grew up. Jeanne made sure Lillian could visit with her sister on the phone and drove them to see each other. Lillian has many fond memories of days at the Austin Children’s Museum or at Zilker Park with her sister that she wouldn’t have had without Jeanne.

“Jeanne knows me better than anyone,” Lillian says. Jeanne understands what Lillian wants in life, her relationship with her family, her friends, her strengths and her weaknesses. As Lillian prepared to graduate from high school, Jeanne helped with college applications and internships to make Lillian’s dream of caring for animals come true. Next fall, Lillian will start college studying pre-veterinary science. Recently, Jeanne took her to campus for a visit. During the tour, a student referred to “all the moms out there worried about their kids going off to college next year,” and Lillian and Jeanne exchanged knowing smiles. Their relationship, while not typical, is as strong a bond as any parent and child. Not every CASA volunteer stands by a child’s side for nine years—but every CASA volunteer gives a child a voice when no one else can.

25 Years of Advocacy for Children

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1985 1985

- On March 16, volunteers Jane Piper and Winnie Gage, along with Judge Joe Hart, and our first executive director, Sandra A. Martin, file Articles of Incorporation to create CASA of Travis County. In our first year we trained 43 volunteers! - The Junior League of Austin votes to grant the brand-new CASA $35,090, our very first funding.

1989

- The American Bar Association officially endorses the use of CASA volunteers to work with attorneys to speak for abused or neglected children in court.

1990

1994

1991

1996

- U.S. Congress passes the Victims of Child Abuse Act, authorizing that “a court-appointed special advocate shall be available to every victim of child abuse or neglect in the United States that needs such an advocate.”

- In our first 7 years, we provide advocacy for a grand total of 668 children!

1992

1992

- Casas for CASA Playhouse Raffle features architect-designed children’s playhouses displayed at local malls to raise funds.

- CASA throws its first fundraising gala, CASAblanca, complete with camels fitting a Moroccan theme.

1996

- U.S. Congress approves amendments to the Child Abuse Prevention & Treatment Act, for the first time recognizing the value of volunteer representation for children.

1997

- The Texas Legislature amends the Family Code to provide that courts may appoint CASA volunteers as the guardian ad litem for children in foster care.

1998

1998

- University of Texas Center for Social Work Research assesses the impact of CASA of Travis County on the local child welfare system, finding that children with a CASA volunteer averaged fewer foster placements than children without.

2000

- Dr. Robert D. Lively, newspaper columnist and teacher at Riverbend Church, shares CASA stories through his monthly newsletter to volunteers and supporters.

2008

2001

2008

2009

2005

- The Travis County child protection courts are named a Model Court by the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges; CASA becomes a part of the Executive Committee of the Model Court.

- CASA participates in the “Raise Me Up” Campaign of Casey Family Programs, encouraging the community to get involved in helping children in foster care.

- CASA creates the Community Outreach Liaison staff position to coordinate our work creating a diverse and inclusive organization, recruiting and training a diverse and culturally-competent pool of volunteers and contributing to the community’s efforts to eliminate disproportionality in the child welfare system.

2006

- U.S. Congress passes the Fostering Connections Act, benefitting children and families involved in the foster care system.

- CASA sees a 61% increase over 2008 in the number of new volunteers completing training and taking their first cases.

- CASA advocates for nearly 1,300 children – 80% of children in the local child welfare system – thanks to nearly 500 volunteers!

- CASA advocates for 870 children (nearly 50% of children in the Travis County CPS court system).

- National CASA names our executive director Karen Cox as Kappa Alpha Theta Program Director of the Year.

- Longtime CASA board member and friend Denise Conway is elected to the Board of Directors for National CASA.

2006

- Travis County Family Drug Treatment Court, of which CASA is an integral part, accepts its first case.

- CASA launches our Transitioning Youth program, to assist youth at risk of aging out of the foster care system prepare for successful, independent adulthood.

2009

2010

2010


Individuals

6% Child Aged out of System

CASA of Travis County 2010 Annual Report

2010 By the Numbers

United Way/Workplace Giving

8% Permanency with Relative 35% Family Reunification

- CASA served 1,291 children - 80% of the total number of children in the care of Child Protective Services.

37% Adoptive Placement

Child Race and Ethnicity

37% Adoptive Placement

- Of the 1,291 children, 1,020 (or 79%) had a volunteer/staff pair on their case; the rest were helped by a CASA staff member.

43% 35% Hispanic Family Reunification 28% 8% African-American Permanency with Relative

Special Events Fundraising

- Judges appointed CASA to cases for 672 new children.

Child Aged out of System 17% 6% Caucasian

Individuals Other

Government Grants Foundation Awards

Special Events Fundraising

United Way/Workplace Giving Individuals Other

Highlights of 2010

You are a part of the last 25 years of child advocacy by CASA of Travis County. We need your continued support as we move into the next 25 years. By the end of 2010, we were advocating for approximately 80% of the children in the system here – or 4 out of 5 – but our vision is to have a trained CASA volunteer to speak up for every child who needs us. I urge you to renew your passion for this powerful work. Become a CASA volunteer, support CASA, encourage others. A child needs your voice. Remember, when children can’t speak for themselves, CASA can. For the last 25 years and the next 25 years. To commemorate our 25th anniversary, the 2010 CASAblanca Gala honored those who started and have sustained CASA of Travis County: • Denise Conway, Longest-Serving Board Member • Rebel Pais, Longest-Serving Volunteer • Judge Joseph H. Hart, CASA of Travis County Founder • Winnie Gage, CASA of Travis County Founder • Jane Piper, CASA of Travis County Founder • Sandra Martin, First Executive Director • The Junior League of Austin, For providing the first three years of funding for CASA of Travis County

- Fostered relationships in diverse communities and built cultural competency CASA committed to providing the best advocacy for children by increasing the diversity of CASA volunteers and equipping volunteers and staff with skills and resources to work with children and families from diverse backgrounds. We dedicated resources to fostering new relationships and expanding our visibility within the African-American and Hispanic/Latino communities. In turn, we saw a steady increase in the diversity of volunteers. Cultural competency trainings like “Knowing Who You Are” and “Race-The Power of an Illusion” better prepared CASA volunteers and staff to work with diverse families and deepened understanding of racial/ethnic disparities and the disproportionate number of children of color in the child welfare system. - Served as a statewide and national model for other CASA programs National CASA invited Executive Director Laura Wolf and Community Outreach Liaison Sonia Kotecha to present at their annual conference on our work on disproportionality, diversity and inclusiveness. At the Texas CASA conference, our Transitioning Youth team, Foster Youth Alumni Panel and volunteers presented their work with teens aging out of the foster care system to dozens of CASA staff and volunteers from around the state, and Communications Manager Callie Langford presented on social media to CASA programs building their online presence.

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2% Negative Results (Child Ran Away, etc)

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

9% Neutral Results (Case Transferred, Dismissed, etc) 3%Courtesy Work from other CASA programs

- Increased CASA’s visibility in our community More people than ever know about CASA, thanks Other to two special gifts. First, National CASA funded a volunteer recruitment campaign featuring our diverse Individuals volunteers on billboards, radio, TV, social media and more. Then, global United digital Way/Workplace Giving digital marketing firm Razorfish donated a 6-month campaign, creating the tagline “When children can’t speak for themselves, CASA can,” that was Special Events Fundraising broadcast nationwide via 72 million donated website Foundation Awards banner ad impressions. 6% Child Aged out of System

2% Negative Results (Child Ran Away, etc)

9% Neutral Results (Case Transferred, Dismissed, etc) 8% Permanency with Relative 35% Family Reunification

3%Courtesy Work from other CASA programs

37% Adoptive Placement

6% Child Aged out of System Government Grants

2% Negative Results (Child Ran Away, etc) 9% Neutral Results (Case Transferred, Dismissed, etc) 3%Courtesy Work from other CASA programs 6% Child Aged out of System 8% Permanency with Relative

8% Permanency with Relative

- Formed new and successful partnership with The Superhero Foundation When The Superhero Foundation invited us to join this growing national movement to fight child abuse, we leapt! With a powerful new theme – “Every child needs a hero, but abused children need superheroes” – our 2010 CASA Superhero Run grew by 57% with 1,100 runners (or, rather, Superheroes) who came in costume to show their support for our kids.

35% Family Reunification

35% Family Reunification

37% Adoptive Placement

37% Adoptive Placement

Anonymous Lissa Adams Mavis & Shawn Ball Jessica & Jimmy Blacklock Lorry & Rollie Carlson Spring & Orlando Castillo Bonita Griffith & David Chasis Denise & Jerry Conway

Jamie & Jimbo Cotton Kelli J. Donelson Kara & Jay Hartzell Debbie & Bryan Holley Elizabeth Hummer Debbie & Chick Kobelan Jill & Kirk Lewis Lisa & Todd Lewis Joyce & David Lindsey

Clark Mente Architects, Inc. Coca-Cola Refreshments Concept Services ConocoPhillips Company Jamie & James Cotton Mark Dallman Kevin Daly Jason E. Dees Ruth & Patrick Doane Kyra & Trey Dolezal Kelli Donelson & Ryan Agnell The Dorset Foundation, Inc. Rosemary & Russell Douglass Electric Transmission Texas Sharmae Erickson Ila & John Falvey Hank Farrell Meg & Rod Favaron Suzanne L. Forrest Steven R. Foy Freescale Semiconductor Lynn & Jim French Amie Frickel Frost National Bank Fulcrum Capital Holdings Jennifer & Jason Galbraith Colleen & Rick Gardner Terrell Gates Brown McCarroll, L.L.P. Samuel R. Georgeson Yolanda & Chris Conyers Give Realty, Inc. Dell, Inc. Sonia & Vikram Grover Halex International, Inc. Gail & Harold Hamilton Joan & David Hilgers Tracy & Matthew Hamilton Kappa Alpha Theta - UT Chapter Dawn Mallory & Chris D. Harkrider Dusten Harrison Gerri & Peter Kappler Corey Hart Mary & Bill LaRosa Kara & Jay Hartzell Lola Wright Foundation Loretta & Richard Hessler Karen & George Manson Debbie & Bryan Holley Kennedy & John Neff Jamail & Smith Construction Nordstrom Journeyman Construction Katherine Wright & William Burdick Dana & Kemp Kasling William Kerr $1,000 - $4,999 Key Bar, Ltd. Anonymous (2) Debbie & Chick Kobelan David Allen, Jr. Savan Kotecha Kathleen & David Allen Kathy F. Lane Allen Financial Services LCRA Employees’ United Charities Jacquelyn Amerman Jill & Kirk Lewis Amanda Andrae Lisa & Todd Lewis Lillian Arniella Joyce & David Lindsey Meredith & James Bagan Sarah & Rick Loconto Rebecca & Steven Baker Wanda & Pat Loconto Administration Balcones Country Club Teresa & Joe Long Mavis & Shawn Ball Laura & John Malnar Fundraising BBVA Compass Terrie L. Mancill Janet & Kevin Bell Meador & Jones, L.L.P. Program Henry F. Benedict Mary & Lynn Moak Jason Berkowitz Missy & N.D. Moscoe Bethany United Methodist Church Mary K. Wolf & Ron H. Moss Bimbo Bakeries Sheri & Russ Munsch Jessica & John Blood Ronnie T. Myers Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas Erin & Steve Nelson Broadcast Marketing and Entertainment, L.L.C. J. Ted Oakley Gail & James Caldwell Mark Olschefskie Catherine & Nicholas Camillone Missy & Robert Peoples Laura & Robert Campbell Pfizer Foundation Lorry & Rollie Carlson Jane & James Piper Spring & Orlando Castillo Kari & Lee Potts Rhonda & Christopher Chandler Prudential Foundation Bonita Griffith & David Chasis Timi & Phillip Quici

Margarate & Jack Murray Carolyn & Tom Nicewarner Patricia & Robert Otto Kari & Lee Potts Key & Hank Richardson Melissa & David Rubin Debra & Joseph Slapak Laura Wolf & Fred Aus

Walter P. Reep Cynthia Renna Key & Hank Richardson Martin Riezebeek Roger Beasley Mazda Melissa & David Rubin Pamela & Leonard Russo Joyce & John Sampson Shannon Scott Serendipity Gifts Beverly Showers Susan & Dale Spivey St. Thomas More Catholic Church St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church teleNetwork Partners, Ltd. Pam & David Terreson Steven Thompson United Heritage Credit Union Sarah & Andy Valenzuela Sharon & Curt Webb Wells Fargo Bank Kerry L. Wiggins Jon Williams Winstead, P.C. Yetter Coleman, L.L.P. Deborah B. Zimmerman Margaret & Byron Zinn In 2010, these donors gave substantial gifts of products or services: 360 Press Solutions Austin American-Statesman Austin Christian Fellowship Bethany United Methodist Church BOB FM Brown Distributing Co. Inc. Camp Balcones Springs Catapult Systems, Inc. Denise & Jerry Conway Carol & Ken Davidson The Domain Rosemary & Russell Douglass Endeavor Real Estate Group Four Seasons Hotel Austin FOX 7 Austin Colleen & Rick Gardner Halex International, Inc. The Hills of Lakeway Golf & Country Club Horseshoe Bay Resort Kasling, Hemphill, Dolezal & Atwell, L.L.P. King Florist KLRU-TV Kathy & Robert Langford N.D. Moscoe, M.D., F.A.C.S., Cosmetic & Plastic Surgery Quality Seafood Quik Print Razorfish Riverbend Church Rogue Equipment Strong Events Melissa & Joseph Woskow Yellow Cab Austin

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Fiscal Report Revenue & Community Support

Expenses

37% Adoptive Placement

35% Reunification If Family you feel you’ve

8% Permanency with Relative

8% Permanency with Relative

6% Child Aged out of System

6% Child Aged out of System

3%Courtesy Work from other CASA programs

3%Courtesy Work from other CASA programs

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Government Grants Foundation Awards Special Events Fundraising

9% Neutral Results (Case Transferred, Dismissed, etc)

Government Grants

Government Grants $915,199 - 42%

United Way/Workplace Giving Program Services: $1,534,046 - 81% 2% Negative Results (Child Ran Away, etc) $172,447 - 8%

Foundation Awards

Foundation Grants $625,194 - 28%

Individual/Corporate Contributions $126,614 - 6%

Fundraising: $235,139 - 12%

Fundraising Events $357,015 - 16%

Other $11,243 - Less than 1%

Administration: $124,848 - 7%

Foundation Awards

Special Events Fundraising

United Way/Workplace Giving Individuals Other

Total Revenue: $2,207,712

United Way/Workplace Giving Individuals

Total Expenses: $1,894,033

In 2010, volunteers donated an estimated 39,760 hours valued at approximately $828,996. Other

Special Events Fundraising United Way/Workplace Giving Individuals Other

www.casatravis.org 512.459.2272

37% Adoptive Placement

35% Family Reunification

Government Grants

Laura D. Wolf Executive Director

As of December 31, 2010, these donors are helping to ensure our long-term sustainability by pledging a substantial, multi-year gift:

$10,000 - $49,999 Anonymous Child Case Closure Reasons 3M 37% Adoptive Placement - CASA supported 497 volunteers assigned Austin Community Foundation 45% Reunified with parents 35% Family Reunification to cases and working with children. The Cipione Family Foundation 22% Adopted by with non-relative 8% Permanency Relative Conway & Associates, Inc. - 153 new volunteers completed training. Dr Pepper/Seven Up, Inc. 6% Child Aged out of System 18% Adopted by or live with relative The Junior League of Austin 3%Courtesy from other CASA programs - CASA helped close cases for 408 children. 10% Aged outWork of system Kasling, Hemphill, Dolezal & 9% Neutral Results (Case Transferred, Dismissed, etc) Atwell, L.L.P. 5% Other* - 85% of these cases closed in a permanent *Includes courtesy work from other CASA programs, Lowe Foundation 2% Negative Results (Child Ran Away, etc) Cases dismissed, Other outcomes placement for the child, including reuniting NFL Alumni, Inc. with parents, adoption or a permanent living Carolyn & Tom Nicewarner arrangement with a safe family or relative. Shield-Ayres Foundation Texas Bar Foundation Texas Center for the Judiciary Topfer Family Foundation Laura Wolf & Fred Aus - Advocated for more children and supported more volunteers Nearly 1,300 children who had been abused or neglected received $5,000 - $9,999 advocacy from a trained CASA volunteer or staff member. That’s more Bank of America Foundation children than ever and a 17% increase over 2009! About 500 committed Boon Insurance Management volunteers – also a record number – provided a voice for children. Services, L.P.

That’s the milestone that CASA of Travis County commemorated in 2010. We’re grateful for the hundreds and hundreds of CASA volunteers who have been a part of these last 25 years and proud of the work they’ve done for children, but we are also sad to know that our services are still needed – now more than ever. In the waning months of 2010, we saw dramatic increases in the number of children coming into the foster care system here in Austin. This increase in cases of abuse and neglect is a troubling trend to be sure. The silver lining, as we close our silver anniversary year, is that this community rose to the occasion in unprecedented numbers to speak up for children and provide powerful advocacy in the courts and in our community to help children build a brighter future.

Sincerely,

$100,000+ Michael & Susan Dell Foundation United Way Capital Area

2% Negative Results (Child Ran Away, etc)

- 48% of volunteers who closed a case in 2009 committed to a new case in 2010.

Twenty-five years of powerful advocacy for abused and neglected children.

Thank you for your support!

Powerful Voice Giving Society

Donors

$50,000 - $99,999 Dell Foundation 3%Courtesy Work from other CASA programs 7% Bi-Racial/Multi-Racial Impact Austin 9% Neutral Results (Case Transferred, Dismissed, etc) 5% Other/Not Specified We Will Not Forget SAJE, Inc.

United Way/Workplace Giving

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

Government Grants

Foundation Awards

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Foundation Awards

Government Grants

A Powerful Voice in a Child’s Life - 25 Years Strong

Special Events Fundraising

2010 Board of Directors: President - David Rubin, Lissa Adams, Shawn Ball, Jessica Blacklock, Orlando Castillo, David Chasis, Denise Conway, Jamie Cotton, Matt Hamilton, 9% Neutral Results (Case Transferred, Dismissed, etc) Albert Hawkins, Debbie Holley, G Herver, Kemp Kasling, April Kubik, Kirk Lewis, Todd Lewis, 2% Negative Results (Child RanJoyce Away, etc) Lindsey, Laura Malnar, Erin Nelson, Lee E. Potts, Andy Valenzuela 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. CASA of Travis County is a member of Texas CASA and the National CASA Association.

CASA of Travis County 2010 Annual Report  

Twenty-five years of powerful advocacy for abused and neglected children. That’s the milestone that CASA of Travis County commemorated in 20...

CASA of Travis County 2010 Annual Report  

Twenty-five years of powerful advocacy for abused and neglected children. That’s the milestone that CASA of Travis County commemorated in 20...

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