Conversations with CASA – Crystal Leff-Piñon

Crystal Leff-Piñon joins us in this episode of Conversations with CASA and breaks down the Family Helpline for Strong Families and Safe Children, a project of the Austin-based Texas Legal Services Center.

The Family Helpline was created to demystify the child welfare system by providing free, objective legal information, explanation and education for callers; as well as referrals to local resources. It is staffed by experienced attorneys who can explain the CPS process in easy-to-understand, everyday language. All calls are anonymous – and although the majority of them come from parents or relatives of children involved with the system, anyone and everyone is welcome to call. Hear more from Leff-Piñon about the Family Helpline.


Conversations with CASA is an online 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.

Felicia Mason-Edwards, Faith-based Division Administrator for DFPS
Jenny Haynes, Texas CASA Board President-elect
Tara Perry, National CASA CEO
Brandy Howard, Foster Youth Attorney at Disability Rights Texas
Kristene Blackstone, Associate Commissioner for CPS
Andrea Sparks, Director of Gov. Greg Abbott’s Child Sex Trafficking Team
Richard LaVallo, Legal Director for Disability Rights Texas in Austin
Kristene Blacksone Part 2, Associate Commissioner for CPS
Delia Martinez, Founder of Grandparents Raising Grandchildren

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