My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Casa Of Central Texas, Inc., New Braunfels, TX, USA
I reluctantly joined my husband after he volunteered for CASA (Court Appointed State Advocate), but I soon became enthusuastic. Many children are abused, taken from their parents, and often move from one foster home to the next until they become 18 years old.
Can you imagine trying to mature and to trust appropriately if your life was like that?
The CASA volunteer works with the child until he/she is returned to the natural parent(s), or is permanently placed with foster or adoptive parents, OR until the child becomes 18 years old and is no longer under the care of Child Protective Services.
My heart was won over by our first appointment--a baby boy. His parents were still teenagers. Luckily, both had very supportive parents willing to house the teens while they worked very hard to mature and regain permanent custody of their baby. One of the grandmothers was appointed temporary custody, so the mother was
able to stay with her baby until the case was closed.
I was hooked! So will you, if you get involved as a volunteer or a donor.. Try it, you'll like it! Ann Haynes Tubbs
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
watching children in the courtroom either returned to their natural parents or permanently adopted. I personally have gained much fullfillment from working with the children who have achieved a permanent home. I also enjoy the continuing education, which is required of all volunteers. It gives me a chance to also meet other volunteers and to learn from their ecperiences.
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
hope for more volunteers and more funding of the organization in order that more children could be served/
Would you volunteer for this group again?
For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?
Did the organization use your time wisely?
Would you recommend this group to a friend?
What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?
A "shadow" experience before assuming a case. This would allow inexperienced volunteers to learn fom more experienced volunteers.
Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)
Since I had a PhD in Communication Science and Human Development and taught in Rehabilitation Psycholgy setting, I came to CASA with some skills that I enjoyed using in a new way. The new skill that I am still learning is courtroom communication and the vauious legal stages of permanent placement.
How did this volunteer experience make you feel?
I feel I am using my skills in a useful manner for an important need. This is a very fulling way to use my time during my retirement.
When was your last experience with this nonprofit?