Ohana Means Family

"Ohana Means Family;

Family means no one gets left behind or forgotten."

-Lilo & Stitch

Greetings, CASA supporters!


We’re nearing the end on the case I’m currently working – an elementary school-aged brother and sister. Since we’re getting down to the wire, I gently asked my kiddos while visiting the other day where they would like to live once the case closes. Both said the same thing: with their mom and dad.


Rarely – very rarely – do we see children who don’t ask to go back to their parents. No matter what circumstances we’re born into, as human beings we have an innate desire to be with our birth families.


Knowing this, my heart hurts for the children who have been separated from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border. Both National CASA and Texas CASA have issued statements that reiterate the fact that separating children from their parents unnecessarily causes trauma on both sides. That trauma can have long-lasting negative impacts.


The furor over this situation has lasted weeks, and I was heartened to see this week that a federal judge has now ruled that separated children and parents must be reunited within 30 days. But for those whose strong feelings about this situation remain, I would like to remind you that our children in foster care experience this same trauma when they are removed from their birth families for their own protection.


Ask these children, and almost all of them will want to go home – the same as the children being held at our border.


If you’ve watched or read the news from south Texas recently and wondered how you can help, please consider becoming an advocate for children in foster care. Our CASA volunteers work directly with these children to help get them the best outcomes possible. 


I can tell you from firsthand experience: helping children find safety and permanency is one of the best things you’ll ever do.

Emily Heglund

Executive Director