Dear CASA Community,
Texas CASA mourns the deaths of Black Americans at the hands of police officers, and stands with all people affected by racism and injustice. The pain and protests throughout our nation speak a message that must be heard. Please read our full statement to learn about our renewed commitment to building the world we want young people of all races to grow up in, healthy, safe and free.
In this edition of The CASA Voice, we’re also diving into fatherhood. We asked our staff to reflect on their favorite memories with their fathers and father figures. I also interviewed DFPS Fatherhood Specialist Kenneth Thompson for the latest episode of Conversations with CASA. We’re also featuring the story of two boys who are staying connected with their dad, who was recently deported to Mexico, with the help of a wonderful CASA volunteer and a highly motivated team.
We’re also bringing discussions on family advocacy and preservation as a whole. Our latest CASA on the Go podcast dives into how we can help families heal when parents are struggling with a substance use disorder. And for LGBTQ Pride Month, we’ve created a guide for CASA volunteers, Helping Parents and Caregivers Understand, Accept and Celebrate LGBTQ Youth, because #EveryChildDeserves support.
Dads, I hope you have a wonderful Father’s Day—and mothers, parents, parental figures and mentors, thank you. The love, support and encouragement you provide creates a brighter future for the next generation.
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.