Grateful: A Message from Vicki Spriggs, CEO

Your support carries us forward!

Dear friend,

The holiday season allows us to reflect on the progress of the year and look forward to our ambitions in the next. You have the power to keep the CASA momentum moving forward. Your dedication to Texas CASA has inspired us to achieve great things this year and set our sights on new heights for 2023.

This year, Texas CASA held our first in-person Annual Conference in two years. Our Conference, “Learning From Lived Experiences,” fully incorporated the voices of young people with lived experience in the child welfare system. Their perspectives helped advance how local program staff, CASA volunteers and local program board members approach their roles in supporting children and families.

Our Board of Directors further demonstrated its commitment to the Texas CASA mission. The Board actively identified and recruited skilled board members that reflect the diversity of children in care and the population of this state, and advocated with state leaders for improvements in our child welfare system.

Also this year, Texas CASA added a new local program to the statewide network! The addition of CASA of Freestone & Limestone Counties puts us at a grand total of 73 local programs.

These successes are possible because of community support from inspired people like you. Looking ahead to 2023, I am excited about continuing to grow CASA’s reach and engaging more communities.

We will complete the rollout of our Collaborative Family Engagement approach, ensuring the entire CASA network is involved in family engagement and connection-informed advocacy. We will expand our Clergy, CASA and Community initiative into more areas of the state and connect with more faith communities. We will engage decision makers and stakeholders through our Legislative Reception and CASA Day at the Capitol, and create the space for the CASA network’s involvement in meeting and sharing stories of “The CASA Difference” with state leaders.

We look forward to continuing to support the CASA network with guidance, resources and training, so the local CASA programs can provide best-in-class advocacy and so more local communities, children and families can have the support they need and deserve.

We want to grow to serve every child in foster care in Texas with a CASA volunteer. We need your help to get there.

You make our success possible, and I am deeply grateful for your commitment to our work and mission. On behalf of everyone at Texas CASA, I wish you and yours a wonderful holiday season.

In gratitude,