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Hispanic Children in the Child Welfare System Need a Sense of Community


Growing up, most of us are taught that it is polite and correct to help others, including family members, neighbors and community members in need. In the Hispanic society, family or group needs take precedence over the needs of the individual. Latinos tend to be highly group-focused. Emphasis is placed primarily on family as the… Read more »

We Can’t Prevent Child Abuse…Yet…But We Can Do Something About It


Every day in this country, 1,900 CHILDREN are victims of abuse or neglect. Four of them will die. How can you do something to help? Become a CASA Volunteer. What is a CASA? It stands for “Court Appointed Special Advocate”. What does it take to become a CASA Advocate? First and foremost, CASA volunteers need… Read more »

A Story of a Mother’s Love…


My cousin Martha died this morning. Here’s the thing. A couple of days ago, Martha’s mom—my aunt—learned that she was in the hospital in Florida. Aunt Mary Lou is 83, has always been a bit on the ditzy side, doesn’t own a credit card, hasn’t driven in years, and regularly gets lost in Walgreens. My… Read more »

Infant Attachment and Emotional Well Being


British psychologist John Bowlby, the first attachment theorist, described attachment as a “lasting psychological connectedness between human beings.” Some of the earliest behavioral theories held that attachment was simply a learned behavior based on feeding of the infant. Bowlby observed that even feedings did not diminish the anxiety children separated from their primary caregivers experienced…. Read more »

Child Abuse and the Effects on Adolescent Well Being


A 2012 Report of the Attorney General’s National Task Force on Children Exposed to Violence stated that violence, crime, abuse or psychological trauma will affect 46 million children in this country this year. Children in foster care are more likely to have been exposed to multiple forms of traumatic experiences, such as physical or sexual… Read more »

How Child Abuse Affects Academic Achievement


Unfortunately, it is a largely accepted fact that abused and neglected children are at higher risk for lower academic achievement. Additionally, studies show that children who have suffered from neglect exhibit lower academic achievement children who were physically abused. Mistreated children have a greater instance of exhibiting poor social skills and classroom behavior problems. Maltreatment… Read more »

Important Tips for Bike and Helmet Safety


Statistics report that more children ages 5 to 14 are injured and go to emergency rooms when they are biking than with any other outside activity or sport. You want your child to be as safe as he or she can be when they take to the road. At the heart of CASA is our… Read more »

The Long Term Effects of Child Abuse


The child welfare system is comprised of a group of services designed to promote the well-being of children by ensuring safety, achieving permanency, and strengthening families to care for their children. Unfortunately, because some have suffered abuse and/or neglect, these children are already in a serious plight. Babies’ brains grow and develop as they interact… Read more »

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month!


Child Protection Day Rally No Foolin’! April 1st is the day to do something about child abuse and neglect. Join us, and thousands of others, in advocating for the protection and happiness of Texas children at 9am on April 1st at the Texas State Capitol. The aim of the Child Protection Day Rally, sponsored by… Read more »

Transitioning from Foster Care to College with a CASA Advocate


For teenagers who’ve lived in foster care, the transition to adult life outside of care can be an intimidating experience. These young people may face challenges as they search for affordable housing, pursue higher education or training, look for jobs, manage on tight budgets, take care of their health needs, and even shop for groceries… Read more »