Children’s Commission Legal Representation Survey Update

First, The Supreme Court of Texas Children’s Commission would like to thank all the CASA volunteers and staff who participated in their study regarding attorneys for children and parents involved with CPS. The more than 750 CASA responses to the survey will allow the Commission to represent CASA’s perspective with confidence and precision when the report is presented to the Texas Legislature.

The Children’s Commission also hopes to ensure that the perspective of parents and relatives is well represented in the report, but has faced challenges in making them aware of the study. The Commission has developed some tools with the goal of making it as easy as possible for parents and relatives to participate, and is asking for CASA’s assistance in making parents and relatives aware of the study so that their voice can be represented as well.

This flyer, available in English and Spanish, announces the survey to parents and relatives, and explains the nature and purpose of the study and how to access the survey. If CASA volunteers and staff are willing and able, and it feels appropriate, they are welcome to help the Commission spread the word by presenting the flyer to parents and relatives on their cases, and posting and distributing the flyers at places where parents and relatives are likely to see them, such as courthouses, CPS offices, parenting classes, etc. The deadline for parents and relatives to take the survey has been extended to the end of April.

Thank you again for your time and for helping the Commission ensure all voices are heard in this report. If you should have any questions, please email children@txcourts.gov.

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