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The CASA Voice is your go-to source for spotlights on the life-changing work that Texas CASA, the 72 local CASA volunteer advocacy programs, our child welfare partners, sponsors and supporters are doing to ensure a safe, positive future for all Texas children.

Teen Steps Up to Make a Difference for Kids in Foster Care

Last year, more than 19,000 Texas children were removed from their homes due to evidence of abuse or neglect. Taken from everything they know and placed in foster care due to no fault of their own, many of these kids arrived at their placements wide-eyed and overwhelmed – with a trash bag of hastily packed… Read more »

April Is Child Abuse Prevention Month – Mark Your Calendars for Go Blue Day!

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month, a time for communities and families to focus on working together to prevent child abuse. Join Texas CASA in spreading awareness this April! Friday, April 7, 2017, is the official Go Blue Day for Texas, and thousands of Texans will wear blue, the official color of prevention, to show their support… Read more »

Kicking off #PreventionMonth with the 2017 Texas CASA Champions Luncheon

We are excited to kick off Child Abuse Prevention Month with the 2017 Texas CASA Champions Luncheon, presented by CenterPoint Energy, our annual fundraiser benefiting Texas CASA and children in the foster care system. On April 6, we will be honoring Texas State Senator Jane Nelson and Texas Supreme Court Justice Eva Guzman for their dedication to advocating for… Read more »

While We Await CPS Reform, CASA Speaks Up for Children Today

By Vicki Spriggs Chief Executive Officer of Texas CASA Last year in Texas, there were 58,644 confirmed victims of child abuse or neglect – that’s one victimized child every 9 minutes. 60% of these victims were 6 years old or younger. 222 children died due to abuse or neglect.* If these statistics aren’t sobering enough, 48,795… Read more »

Legislature Reaches 60-Day Mark, Action Continues

The 85th Legislature reached an important milestone on Friday, March 10 – the 60th day of the session, which is the bill filing deadline. This deadline means that no more new bills can be filed, which also often signals a significant increase in legislative activity as legislators work to pass their bills. Budget hearings have been… Read more »

CASA of Collin County LAT Testifies on HB 1620

Wanda Brice, volunteer and Legislative Advocacy Team (LAT) member with CASA of Collin County, testified on Monday, March 13, in the House Human Services Committee in support of Rep. Scott Sanford’s House Bill 1620. The bill relates to a voluntary temporary caregiver program providing temporary care for children removed from their homes. Watch the testimony… Read more »

Texas CASA Computer Bill Is Heard in the Senate

On March 14, Senate Bill 78 was heard in the Business and Commerce Committee. The bill would name Texas CASA as an eligible recipient of state surplus computers refurbished by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice Computer Recovery Program. This would allow the CASA network to distribute needed computers to foster youth across Texas. For… Read more »

At-risk Kids Can’t Wait for Overhaul of Child-welfare System: Op-Ed by Texas CASA CEO Vicki Spriggs

“Nearly 49,000 Texas children find themselves in the child welfare system each year after having experienced abuse and/or neglect from family members. Imagine being an 8-year-old and you’re suddenly removed from your home, sent to a different city, and separated from family, friends, classmates and teachers. Where would you find your support system? And who… Read more »

DFPS Releases Foster Care Needs Assessment Report

DFPS released the Foster Care Needs Assessment report on Friday, Feb. 24. This report, which DFPS will produce annually, breaks down foster care capacity and capacity needs in a variety of ways – by county, by region and by catchment area. It also identifies areas and counties with the greatest shortages/capacity needs. Download Foster Care Needs Assessment We… Read more »