By Vicki Spriggs
Chief Executive Officer of Texas CASA
This issue of The CASA Voice tells the story of Pastor Eric Hallback in El Paso who is a trailblazer in church-based foster care involvement, does a deep dive into the Ombudsman Report issued by the Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) and explores the importance of the 2020 Census.
Because it’s Black History Month, we’ve also chosen to elevate the stories of a few of the historical Black female activists who have played a monumental role in bettering our society, and specifically, our child welfare system in the United States over the last two hundred years.
We still have a long way to go, both here in Texas and nationally, before we have a child welfare system that works for all children and families. Today, Black children in Texas are nearly twice as likely as their Anglo peers to be removed from their homes, less likely to be reunified with their families and less likely to be adopted.
Statistics like these can be overwhelming and discouraging. But when I remember the work of these activists, I remember that like them, each and every one of us has the potential to play an important part in creating a better world. We are all capable of learning, growing, speaking up, educating, leading, intervening and fighting for brighter futures.
As we observe Black History Month and celebrate those who came before us, I encourage you to also take the time to consider what your role might be in our continued work towards a better, more equitable future for all. Let’s remember that the best solutions often come from inside our communities, not outside of them.
Enjoy! Yours in service,
If you are not currently involved with CASA, I ask you today to consider how you can play a part in making a difference in the lives of our most vulnerable children. Are you ready to take the first step towards becoming a CASA volunteer? Visit BecomeACASA.org to learn how you can speak up for a child who needs you. You can also support the work of Texas CASA by making a secure online gift that will benefit the local CASA volunteer advocacy programs across the state.