Kick Off the 2021-22 School Year Right!

It’s officially back-to-school time! CASA volunteers can help make sure students in foster care have access to all the support and supplies they need to start the year off right. Read on for an overview of a few of the resources available to support young learners and their families.

Educational Advocacy Guidebook

Our Educational Advocacy Guidebook is full of useful guidance for advocating for children of all ages and abilities, including a deep dive into special education and section 504 services. Brush up on the school system and how it works, the services the child you’re advocating for is receiving, and how to best advocate for their educational needs.

Computers for CASA

Did you know that CASA programs can request FREE laptop computers for the children they serve from the Texas Department of Criminal Justice? Set children and youth up for success this school year—talk to your supervisor about the Computers for CASA program and whether the young scholar you serve could use a personal computer. Learn more about Computers for CASA.

Education Reach for Texans

Advocating for a youth who plans to attend college this fall? Check out the Education Reach for Texans website for a host of resources involving supporting young people in their postsecondary education. We also want to draw your attention to their lists of public college foster care liaisons and colleges with programs for foster alumni. Help make sure they’re connected, confident and set up for success!

Communities In Schools (CIS)

Communities in Schools is a nationwide organization dedicated to keeping kids in school and helping them succeed. By harnessing resources in local communities and matching them to students’ needs, CIS is helping to break the cycle of poverty and empower students to reach their full potential. Whether a student needs counseling, tutoring, mentoring, or even a ride to school in the morning, CIS may be able to help. There are currently 27 CIS programs partnering with schools across Texas. Learn more and find your local affiliate.

Community Resource Coordination Groups (CRCGs)

Does the child or family you’re advocating for need support for a unique need, beyond what one organization is able to provide? Reach out to your local CRCG! CRCGs are county-based groups of local partners and community members that work with parents, caregivers, children, youth and adults with complex needs to identify and coordinate services and supports. They help people whose needs can’t be met by one single agency and who would benefit from interagency coordination. Learn more and find your local CRCG. You can also check out our episode of Conversations with CASA about CRCGs.