Dear CASA Community,
Right now, I know I’m not alone in feeling like the only constant is uncertainty, especially given the resurgence in COVID-19 cases reported recently.
In spite of so much we can’t control, I hold on to the fact that what we can control is our own actions – and as advocates for already-vulnerable children and families, CASA can control how we adapt with the times and what we stand for.
In this edition of The CASA Voice, we’re examining the current and future impact of COVID-19 on children and families involved in foster care, and the critical role CASA has in keeping these families safe and connected.
I recently had the honor of facilitating a 90-minute virtual conversation with best-selling author and trauma expert Dr. Bruce Perry and Family Finding Model Author Kevin Campbell – Creating Connections & Community During COVID-19. The discussion was deep, honest and powerful, and I found myself learning enormously alongside the nearly 1,000 live participants. Give it a watch when you can – I don’t think you’ll regret it.
For Conversations with CASA, I spoke with CPS Disproportionality Manager Tanya Rollins about the impact of the pandemic on BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) families. In addition to being overrepresented in foster care, BIPOC families are facing higher rates of COVID-19 infection and death. We discussed ways to better serve these families and be mindful of the increased stressors they’re experiencing.
In this edition, we’re also celebrating the work the statewide network is doing when it comes to digital advocacy; diving deeper into the unique role of CASA volunteers; sharing support hotlines for teens and families in crisis; introducing a new, actionable way to spread the CASA message through social media; and more.
We can’t know how all of this will play out, but whatever happens, CASA will continue to adapt, grow, advocate, and work passionately to ensure safety, connection and community for those who need it most. Thank you for your contribution.
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.