Conversations with CASA – Tanya Rollins

“Imagine living in COVID and living in COVID under a microscope… that’s our families. They’re living in COVID and in the age of COVID but they’re also doing it under a microscope. They’re doing it under the microscope of a CASA volunteer. They’re doing it under the microscope of a CPS caseworker. They’re doing it under the microscope of a judge, of an ad litem. That would be overwhelming for anyone, and we need to be able to take that in and be very empathetic about people’s reactions and not put our own bias and assumptions out there,” said CPS Disproportionality Manager Tanya Rollins in this month’s Conversations with CASA.

Rollins sat down with Texas CASA CEO Vicki Spriggs in May to talk about the impact of COVID-19 on BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) families involved in the child welfare system. BIPOC families are disproportionately represented in the child welfare system and are also seeing higher rates of infection and death. Rollins and Spriggs discuss ways to improve advocacy for these families and how advocates can better understand the increased stressors families are experiencing right now.

Conversations with CASA is an online series from Texas CASA that explores current issues and trends affecting child welfare, children and families in care and the CASA network. Catch up on other episodes of Conversations with CASA.