In this episode of Conversations with CASA, Vicki Spriggs speaks with Richard LaVallo, the Legal Director for Disability Rights Texas in Austin. The two discuss the work of Disability Rights Texas and their legal work for children in the child protection system, as well as ways CASA can advocate for the healthcare of the children and youth we serve.
For more than 30 years, LaVallo has used his skills as a social worker and attorney to advocate for people with disabilities in a wide range of individual and systemic cases. He has also worked on legislative and public policy issues dealing with education, mental health, foster care, and juvenile justice.
Conversations with CASA is a new series from Texas CASA that explores current issues and trends affecting child welfare, our children in care and our network. Follow the links below to see past episodes.
Episode 1: Felicia Mason-Edwards, Faith-based Division Administrator for DFPS
Episode 2: Jenny Haynes, Texas CASA Board President-elect
Episode 3: Tara Perry, National CASA CEO
Episode 4: Brandy Howard, Foster Youth Attorney at Disability Rights Texas
Episode 5: Kristene Blackstone, Associate Commissioner for CPS
Episode 6: State Senator Charles Schwertner
Episode 7: Andrea Sparks, Director of Gov. Greg Abbott’s Child Sex Trafficking Team