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Commentaries from Texas CASA CEO Vicki Spriggs on current happenings in child welfare. Below you will find all of the latest From the CEO stories – to browse other categories, return to The CASA Voice home page or use the navigation list in the right column.

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 »

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 »

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 »

Change Starts with the Child

By Vicki Spriggs Chief Executive Officer of Texas CASA Each day, thousands of dedicated citizens across Texas speak up to make a difference in the lives of abused and neglected children in the foster care system. These everyday people are CASA volunteers, and they are using the power of their voices to build a brighter future,… Read more »

Home for the Holidays

By Vicki Spriggs Chief Executive Officer of Texas CASA My favorite holiday memories are anchored to going home to visit my family in New York for Christmas. My parents would set up the Christmas tree in the living room in front of the windows facing the snow-encircled, slightly frozen lake. My four sisters, my niece and… Read more »

Texas Kids Need Us Now More than Ever

By Vicki Spriggs Chief Executive Officer of Texas CASA Last week as I celebrated Thanksgiving, I reflected on how thankful I was to have my family and loved ones by my side – and realized that more children in the child welfare system also got to experience this holiday surrounded by the love and support they… Read more »

Creating Brighter Futures in Dark Times

By Vicki Spriggs Chief Executive Officer of Texas CASA Halloween is the one time of the year when we enjoy all things spooky and scary. We decorate our homes with jack-o’-lanterns, ghosts and spider webs, and we take our children trick-or-treating and to haunted houses. As we celebrate this holiday, however, let us not forget the… Read more »

Stand Firm in the CASA Difference

By Vicki Spriggs Chief Executive Officer of Texas CASA These are uncertain times for Texas’ children. If you’ve been following the news, chances are you’ve seen story after story about children suffering unspeakable harm while in the care of the state – some of them perhaps even in your community. You’re also aware that the state… Read more »