Texas CASA recently hosted our successful 2018 Child Welfare Primer sponsored by the Children’s Commission. With nearly 200 attendees, the event was a collaboration between CASA, CPS, caregivers, and youth and families with past CPS involvement – all focused on developing new ways to increase and support child and family engagement in the court and legal process as well as in the service planning process. More than 25 foster youth and foster alumni joined us for the day.
Following a welcome by Texas CASA CEO Vicki Spriggs, DFPS Associate Commissioner Kristene Blackstone kicked off the event and challenged participants to welcome change that improves outcomes for children and families.
The first of two panels discussed recent DFPS initiatives to update how service plans are created, with the goal of increasing collaboration between CPS, parents, caregivers and contracted placements. The afternoon panel focused on family and youth court involvement, and discussed the importance of family and youth advocacy in court and in the legal process.
Following both panels, attendees had facilitated small-group discussions where each group came up with three recommendations to report out to the larger group. Together, attendees voted on all the presented ideas to prioritize actionable ideas and recommendations that can help the child welfare system better support child and family engagement. Texas CASA will be releasing a report summarizing the findings and recommended action items.
Thank you to everyone who attended and made the 2018 Texas CASA Child Welfare Primer a success!
Thank you to our sponsor!