“Instead of trying to tell her what she needed to do, I stopped and asked. I said, ‘If there is something I can provide to you that would actually help you and your family in this situation, what would that be?’”

In this episode of The Fix, The Honorable Aurora Martinez Jones tells a true story of a case she presided over where a mother was able to reunify with her children. She explains the importance of really listening to the children, parents and families we’re serving so that we can provide meaningful support and help them thrive.

The views and opinions expressed in this video are those of the speaker(s) in their personal capacity and are not the official policy or position of Texas CASA.

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People

By Vicki Spriggs, Texas CASA CEO Who are your people? All of us have people—family, friends, mentors, teachers, coaches… people old and young, alive and passed—who’ve played important roles in our lives, loved us, and helped support and shape us into who we are today. I’ll tell you about some of my people. First, my mother. She had six daughters, … Read More

Hear My Voice: Leon’s Story

Hear My Voice is a series of first-person testimonies from people with lived experience in the foster care system, created from in-depth interviews. This is Leon’s story, as told to Emma Ledford. Leon entered foster care at age 3 and was adopted, but the adoptive family broke down in his teen years and he was returned to the child welfare … Read More

Jaycob: A Story That Will Move Your Heart

Jaycob has Angelman syndrome, a genetic disorder, and is both medically fragile and severely disabled. When he came into foster care in 2009, his CASA volunteers, Karen and Sue, the team at Child Advocates of Fort Bend, and DFPS worked together using Collaborative Family Engagement to slowly build a strong network of support for him. After 12 years of their … Read More

Seeds of Hope: Texas CASA Partners with Laura Elizabeth Jewelry

When the Texas CASA staff first met jeweler Laura Elizabeth, we knew it was going to be a long-lasting friendship. We were drawn to her work because she supports nonprofits and communities with some of the proceeds of her authentic, hand crafted jewelry—which is made in Austin and ethically sourced. We decided to partner together and co-create “The Jane” necklace … Read More