Crystal Leff-Piñon joins us in this episode of Conversations with CASA and breaks down the Family Helpline for Strong Families and Safe Children, a project of the Austin-based Texas Legal Services Center. The Family Helpline was created to demystify the child welfare system by providing free, objective legal information, explanation and education for callers; as well… Read more »
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The state’s Office of the Ombudsman for Children and Youth in Foster Care released their 2018 report, citing that the office resolved 241 complaints from youth and confirmed 71 violations of policies, rules or children’s rights of those cases. There were more than 600 total complaints to the Ombudsman, with the majority made by a… Read more »
On Dec. 7, 2018, DFPS released a request for application (RFA) for Community-Based Care in Region 1, which covers 41 counties in the Texas Panhandle. The RFA is to select the Single Source Continuum Contractor that will oversee foster and kinship care placement, case management and reunification services in Region 1. To learn more about Community-Based… Read more »
The Children’s Commission has released a letter to Judges and Attorneys with a response to the lawsuit that declared the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) unconstitutional. The United States and Tribal Defendants both appealed the ruling to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. On Dec. 3, 2018, the Court of Appeals issued its… Read more »
Registration is now open for the 2019 Child Welfare Primer on Feb. 4 and CASA Day at the Capitol on Feb. 5! These two events will help spread CASA advocacy from the courtroom to the Capitol as we make our voices heard for our most vulnerable children in care. Both events are open to the… Read more »
There are many ways to support Texas CASA – an often over-looked giving option is a gift from your Individual Retirement Account (IRA). If you are 70½ or older, you are required to distribute funds annually from your IRA. This mandatory distribution often creates a tax burden. But federal law* allows you to make direct,… Read more »
As you make your way through your last-minute holiday shopping, think of Texas CASA and the thousands of children in Texas spending the holidays in the foster care system. Here are some quick and easy ways to give back while you shop! CaringCent CaringCent’s goal is to give donors an easy way to support nonprofits…. Read more »
Texas CASA CEO Vicki Spriggs chats with Delia Martinez, co-founder of the San Antonio nonprofit Grandparents Raising Grandchildren. Martinez has led the organization since it was created in 2016 to help grandparents obtain the information and resources they need most. Nationally, many grandparents like Martinez are stepping in to raise their grandchildren due to various… Read more »
Texas CASA is excited to announce the launch of our new online store, Stand Up for Children in Style. Our store will feature specially designed Texas CASA merchandise with 100% of the proceeds going towards advocacy for children in foster care across the state. The first collection, State of Well-Being, features a custom image created… Read more »
Isabella* was just 2 years old when she and her two older sisters were first removed from home and placed in foster care. She was 12 years old when she met her CASA volunteer. She was adopted on her 14th birthday. CASA of the Coastal Bend volunteer Patricia Bates first heard about CASA 20 years… Read more »