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The latest news, events & developments in the child welfare community. Below you will find all of the latest Child Welfare Connection stories – to browse other categories, return to The CASA Voice home page or use the navigation list in the right column.

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 »

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 »

Child Welfare News Clips of Interest

Make sure you’re in the loop on current happenings in child welfare at both the state and national levels by browsing news clips of interest selected by our Public Policy team. This page will be continually updated as news stories come up, with the most recent stories at the top. MARCH 2017 Austin American-Statesman: Texas House looks to… Read more »

Training Opportunity: Keeping Urgency for Permanency with Kevin Campbell

Texas CASA is excited to announce that we will be hosting a free training with national permanency expert and Family Finding Model author Kevin Campbell on Wednesday, March 8. Now open to both CASA and child welfare stakeholders, come learn from Campbell as he provides invaluable insight on the needs of children in long-term foster care,… Read more »

Raise the Age of Criminal Responsibility: Op-ed by Texas CASA CEO Vicki Spriggs

“Texas is one of a few states that treat all 17-year-olds as adults by automatically channeling them into the adult criminal justice system rather than the juvenile system. Doing so not only results in long-term harms stemming from criminal convictions that can create obstacles to good life outcomes, but in the short term, placement in… Read more »

With the 85th Legislative Session Underway, Texas CASA Unveils Online Bill Tracker

On Jan. 10, 2017, the Texas Legislature convened to work for Texans young and old, which means Texas CASA is also working hard to promote important child welfare initiatives. You can now access our online 85th Legislature Bill Tracker to find information regarding bills that we are committed to championing, bills that we consider high priority… Read more »

Child Welfare Year in Review

The past year was difficult and truly momentous for child welfare in Texas. Many of you will have heard on the news and read in your papers the problems and challenges that our child welfare system and CPS have been facing, and to help you stay informed on the bigger picture as we head into… Read more »

Texas CASA Honors Judge John Specia

Texas CASA recognized The Honorable John Specia for his decades of dedication to protecting children in the child welfare system at the 2016 Judge’s Reception on Nov. 14, 2016. The Judge’s Reception was Texas CASA’s opportunity to thank judges from across the state for their ongoing support of the CASA network and the children served… Read more »