CASA Day at the Capitol

You Can Still Participate in CASA Day at the Capitol!

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We understand that many who had planned to participate in virtual CASA Day at the Capitol on Feb. 16-17 were not able to, and that legislative meetings have been rescheduled. In addition, the resolutions for CASA Day at the Capitol have been postponed.

Even though CASA Day at the Capitol did not go the way any of us expected, we can still make an impact and ensure CASA's voice is heard!

If you are able, below are some ways you can still participate in CASA Day at the Capitol in the coming days.

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Schedule/Rescheduling Your Meetings


Step 1: Reach out to your legislators as soon as to Schedule/reschedule meetings

Each office may have different ways they want to handle meetings. Some may be comfortable with video calls, but not all will be. As always, you may or may not be meeting with the legislator – it is very common to meet with staff. You may want to send them information before the meeting, and you will certainly want to follow up with a thank you to the legislator and their staff!

Below you can find a list of the legislators your program shares with other programs, so that you can coordinate on scheduling those meetings.

Step 2: let Texas CASA know when you have scheduled meetings.

Please email us at publicpolicy@texascasa.org to let us know when you have scheduled your program's meetings so we can maintain a list of all meetings and which legislators have or have not been met with. Texas CASA has already sent information to each legislative office before CASA Day at the Capitol. Each office received: a gift, the 2020 Impact Report, a Texas CASA 2021 Calendar, and information about our legislative priorities and program statistics for the CASA programs in their district.

Note sure which legislators represent your program? Check out our spreadsheet of legislators by CASA program. The spreadsheet also shows which other programs share your legislators. Download now.

If you have any questions about who your legislators are or how best to reach out to their offices, please ask Texas CASA at publicpolicy@texascasa.org.

Step 3: Send a thank you Follow Up to your Legislator

After your meeting, be sure to follow up with the legislator's office thanking them for their time. Below is a draft of an email script you can modify to use as your follow up, if you like. Also, be on the look out for an email from Texas CASA coming out in the next few days with a survey to provide feedback and information on how your meeting went. Programs may also complete the Meeting Feedback Form and send to the Public Policy team at publicpolicy@texascasa.org.

Dear [legislator/staff],

Thank you for meeting with us today. We know you have many competing priorities for your time and we appreciate you taking the time to discuss the work of CASA at [your CASA program] and across Texas. Legislative support is essential to CASA’s goal of a well-trained volunteer advocate serving every child in foster care in this state. In addition, we encourage the legislature to champion legislation that protects children and supports Texas families.

Attached is a document that summarizes the policy and funding priorities for the CASA network in Texas during the 87th Legislative Session.

Please feel free to reach out to [CASA program] or Texas CASA when you have questions related to child welfare policy. We would be honored to be a resource to your office.

Resources


Office Visit Materials

Legislator by CASA Program | Download Now

A chart of legislators and which CASA programs are in their area. Programs should use this information coordinate meetings together.

2021 CASA Capitol Day Handout | Download Now

This two-sided document outlines CASA's top priorities for the 87th Session and provides details on CASA's legislative funding priorities. Programs can use the handout to help guide their office visits.

Zoom Backgrounds | Download Now

We created Zoom backgrounds with each program's name in the top corner. We encourage programs to use them during their virtual meetings with legislators and staffers. Backgrounds are listed by program city. If there is an issue with your program's background, please contact Communications Manager Caitlyn Perdue at cperdue@texascasa.org.

Social media toolkit

Social Media Toolkit | Download Now

The social media toolkit provides resources to help you amplify and increase awareness during the virtual 2021 CASA Day at the Capitol. These materials can be used for any promotion efforts leading up to and during the event, particularly via social and digital promotion on your program’s channels, newsletters and website. Programs can modify posts and create their own to fit their program's needs. We also encourage programs to use the below Facebook frames and utilize videos and live streaming as much as possible for engaging with their network.

CASA Capitol Day Facebook Frames Now Available!

To update your Facebook profile picture with one of the Capitol Day frames, either click on one of the links or follow the directions below:

Frame 1 | Frame 2 | Frame 3

For Personal Profile Pictures

  1. Go to www.facebook.com/profilepicframes or go to your profile page and click the camera button on your profile picture to Update Profile Picture, Add Frame.
  2. Under Choose a Frame, search CASA Capitol Day 2021. The available frames will also say by Texas CASA, Inc.
  3. Select the frame of your choice.
  4. You can also make the frame temporary so that your original profile picture will return to normal afterwards. We recommend setting it for at least a week.

For Program Profile Pictures

  1. Go to www.facebook.com/profilepicframes.
  2. Click your profile picture in the bottom left and select your Page (this is below the bar that says “Add a description…”)
  3. Under Choose a Frame, search CASA Capitol Day 2021. The available frames will also say by Texas CASA, Inc.
  4. Select the frame of your choice.
  5. You can also make the frame temporary so that your original profile picture will return to normal afterwards. We recommend setting it for at least a week.

If you have questions on the toolkit or Facebook frames, please contact Communications Manager Caitlyn Perdue at cperdue@texascasa.org.

Additional Materials

Resolutions

The House resolution will be read by Representative Ina Minjarez as long as the House will be in session that day.  Download Now

Tools & Trainings


Look up your local representatives using your street address, city, or ZIP.

Stay informed on our work with the legislature, including calls to action, by visiting the CASA LAT Facebook page.

In lieu of our usual LAT Retreat, we conducted monthly webinars leading up to the session.