Effective FY 2023, “CVC Growth” will be “CVC Priority.” This information was originally announced at The Forum on March 30, 2022.
The reason for the change is that fewer and fewer local CASA programs qualify for the “CVC Growth” grant based on the percentage of children they serve in their DFPS service area. The change to the definition of neglect at the beginning of FY 2022 contributed to a drastic decrease in the number of removals across the state. As a result, more local CASA programs are serving 100%, or close to 100%, of the children in care in their area. While serving a higher percentage of children in care is a great achievement, it does mean that fewer programs can access the “CVC Growth” funds.
Shifting from “CVC Growth” to “CVC Priority” ensures all local CASA programs can benefit from the additional CVC funds. As announced at The Forum on March 30, the following priorities have been set by the Texas CASA board:
- FY 2023: Serving children in PMC
- FY 2024: Serving children in PMC and fully worked CFE cases
Serving Children in PMC
An unintended side effect of the current CVC and VOCA funding formulas is that they disincentivize serving children in PMC—serving on a TMC case that closes more quickly allows a volunteer to serve on multiple cases during the same timeframe, when they might have been assigned to a single child in PMC. Awarding “CVC Priority” funds based on the number of children served in PMC will ameliorate some of the unintended effects of the primary CVC and VOCA formula grants.
Collaborative Family Engagement (CFE)
CFE is an innovative family finding and connections strengthening partnership between CASA and Child Protective Services (CPS), first established in 2015. The main goals of CFE are to help children foster strong connections with supportive people and achieve permanency faster, preferably with relatives or other trusted loved ones. CFE uses a structured approach that is built around the fact that children have many blood relatives and other important connections that can be identified, located, and engaged with—providing children, parents and families with a dedicated support system that is meant to last after CASA and CPS involvement.
The final year of the CFE rollout across the state is FY 2023, ensuring all local CASA programs have had the chance to implement CFE and access these additional funds.
Your Program’s FY 2023 “CVC Priority” Award
Your program’s FY 2023 “CVC Priority” award will be based on the quarterly performance reports submitted for the first three quarters of FY 2022; no action is needed to receive the “CVC Priority” funds. Your program’s “CVC Priority” award will be sent at the same time you receive notification of your program’s regular CVC grant award.