On Feb. 6, more than 40 people, including representatives from Child Advocates, Inc., Texas CASA, the Supreme Court of Texas Children’s Commission, Casey Family Programs and Child Protective Services, came together to welcome the newly elected child welfare judges for Harris County. Hosted at the Grotto restaurant in downtown Houston, the event’s purpose was two-fold:
- to introduce the newly elected judges to Texas CASA and the CASA movement, and
- to inform them of the host of resources and support that the Supreme Court of Texas Children’s Commission offers to help judges best serve children and families in the child welfare system.
Justice Eva Guzman, chair of the Supreme Court of Texas Children’s Commission, emceed the event. Others in attendance included Texas CASA CEO Vicki Spriggs, Child Advocates, Inc. Executive Director CEO Sonya Galvan, Casey Family Programs Senior Director Luanne Southern, CPS Regional Director C.J. Broussard-White and more.
The event was a great success, with all of the attendees engaged and appreciative of the resources and initiatives presented. Child Advocates was featured with one of their special projects, which is funded by Texas CASA and incorporates elements of Collaborative Family Engagement and trauma-informed care to better advocate for children in Permanent Managing Conservatorship or long-term foster care.
“It was an honor to spend an evening with these judges and have a conversation about Texas CASA and our role, as well as the outstanding work that’s happening on the ground at Child Advocates,” said Vicki Spriggs, Texas CASA CEO. “We look forward to continuing to enhance our mutual collaboration for children and families in Harris County.”