By Vicki Spriggs
Chief Executive Officer of Texas CASA
March is National Professional Social Work Month, when we take the time to celebrate the social workers who’ve devoted their careers to improving the lives of others.
Social workers are truly at the heart of the child welfare system. There are so many things I admire about the service they provide, but one of the things that resonates most is their commitment to their Code of Ethics – specifically, their core value about the importance of human relationships.
According to the National Association of Social Workers: “Social workers understand that relationships between and among people are an important vehicle for change. Social workers engage people as partners in the helping process. Social workers seek to strengthen relationships among people in a purposeful effort to promote, restore, maintain, and enhance the well-being of individuals, families, social groups, organizations, and communities.”
Like our friends in the social work field, we know that relationships are fundamental to healing for the children and families we serve. Our highest-priority goal at CASA is to reunify children with their parents whenever safe and possible, because the research shows that children do better when they can be with family. We collaborate with caseworkers and others to make sure children and their parents have a lifetime network of family and friends who will support them during and after their time in foster care. When we prioritize lasting, loving relationships like these, it makes it much more likely for reunifications to be successful.
In this issue of The CASA Voice, we focus on the value of relationships. We tell the story of Carlos, a young man who overcame seemingly insurmountable barriers while in foster care and is now living a successful life thanks to his relationship with his CASA advocate, his caseworker and other trusted adults. We also feature an in-depth analysis of the Federal Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA), a new law that gives Texas the opportunity to improve our current child welfare system into one focused on prevention, keeping families together and creating healthier environments for the children it serves. This is just a small preview of what we have to offer this month, so dive in!
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 children and families in crisis. Are you ready to take the first step towards becoming a CASA volunteer? Visit BecomeACASA.org. 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.