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The CASA Voice is your go-to source for spotlights on the life-changing work that Texas CASA, the 71 local CASA volunteer advocacy programs, our child welfare partners, sponsors and supporters are doing to ensure a safe, positive future for all Texas children.

Conversations with CASA – Crystal Leff-Piñon

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 »

2018 Foster Care Ombudsman Report

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 »

DFPS Seeks Community-Based Care Contractor in Region 1

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 »

Update on the Status of Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) in Texas

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 »

Giving with Your IRA

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 »

Change that Makes Cents

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 »

Conversations with CASA – Delia Martinez

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 »

Stand Up for Children in Style | New Online Store!

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 »

CASA Volunteer Spotlight: Patricia Bates & Isabella

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 »

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