Texas CASA Rolls Out Collaborative Family Engagement Initiative in 11 More CASA Programs

Texas CASA hit the road this month to deliver trainings for the 11 CASA programs that are joining the Collaborative Family Engagement (CFE) initiative in FY 2018.

The training team consisted of Texas CASA CFE Manager Candice Dosman, the Texas CASA CFE Coaches and Family Finding Model Author Kevin Campbell. From Jan. 9-19, the team hosted six one-day trainings in El Paso, Midland, Granbury, McKinney, Gonzales and Galveston. A seventh training scheduled for the Bryan area was cancelled due to weather, but will be rescheduled in February.

L to R: CFE Coach Catherine Dooley; CFE Manager Candice Dosman; Family Finding Model Author Kevin Campbell; and CFE Coaches Anna McDonnell, Leslie Cocke and Nancy Murdoch.

The trainings were a huge success, preparing a total of 270 CASA staff and advocates, CPS staff, and community stakeholders to better engage families and other important adults in the lives of children in foster care. Participants made many comments about liking the flow of the training, and appreciating the trainers’ passion, knowledge and engaging presentation skills.

CFE training participants in McKinney on Jan. 12.

“[CFE] will better allow us to access the needs of the youth in care, and better enable the youth to engage with loved ones and meaningful people in their lives,” said one training participant with CPS. “It was a great training that I would recommend for everyone!”

Another training participant, with CASA, stated that CFE “will lead to finding and making a web of support for families and children, and result in healthier outcomes.”

This year, we are excited to be working with a total of 20 CASA programs and their local CPS to implement CFE and build better connections for children and youth in the child welfare system! Read more about CFE’s FY 2018 expansion, and meet the five CFE Coaches for this year.