You see her at Texas CASA events, you read her monthly blog and watch her on Conversations with CASA… but how well do you really know our CEO Vicki Spriggs? Check out her recent interview for the Texas Titans podcast! Hosted by Jason Wright, Texas Titans is a podcast focused on interviewing leaders in business, sports,… Read more »
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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.
We’re excited to announce that the TBRI® Healing Families seven-video set is now available to watch online in our Learning Center. Texas CASA licensed the set specifically for use by CASA staff and volunteers. The videos explain the principles and concepts behind Trust-Based Relational Intervention®, a proven method for enriching the lives of at-risk, vulnerable children, adolescents and their families…. Read more »
In this CASA Deep Dive, we’re diving into normalcy for children in foster care: what it is, why it’s important, some of the barriers to achieving it, and what advocates can do to help overcome these barriers and give kids a more normal childhood and experience while they’re in the system. What Is Normalcy? Under 26… Read more »
We’re pleased to welcome Steve Raich to our staff as our Chief Finance and Administration Officer! In this role, Steve will supervise our Administration team and all of the administrative functions that support Texas CASA’s mission, including finance, operations, data management, grant management, risk management and human resources. Steve began his career at several large,… Read more »
John D. Knight is President-Elect of the Texas CASA Board of Directors and has been a member of the Board since 2015. John has previously served on the Board of Directors for CASA of Ellis County, both as a member and as Board President. John was a CASA volunteer with his local program for four… Read more »
On June 25, 2019, CASA Executive Directors from programs all across the state got the opportunity to attend tea with Texas First Lady Cecilia Abbott. The First Lady arranged the event in the effort to gain a better understanding of CASA’s role within the foster care system, as well as the relationship CASA has within… Read more »
Content Warning: This story touches on the topics of suicide and self-harm. Rosa* and her younger sister came into foster care due to physical abuse by their father. Early on in the case, her sister was safely able to go back home. Rosa, however, remained in foster care. Why? Because she was transgender. Assigned male… Read more »
By Vicki Spriggs Chief Executive Officer of Texas CASA Our Collaborative Family Engagement (CFE) initiative tends to lead to a lot of wonderful hallway discussions. One of the conversations that has stayed with me was about a case involving a girl named Lauren*. One day Lauren, her CASA volunteer, caseworker, family members and other adults involved… Read more »
Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) Commissioner Hank Whitman is retiring after three years of service on June 30, 2019. Whitman is the former head of the Texas Rangers and took the role of DFPS Commissioner in 2016, at a time of crisis for the agency. He is perhaps best known for helping… Read more »
The Annie E. Casey Foundation, which focuses on strengthening families, building stronger communities and ensuring access to opportunity, recently released the 2019 KIDS COUNT Data Book. The KIDS COUNT Data Book is an annually published resource that provides data concerning the well-being of children on a state-by-state level. With the release of the latest KIDS… Read more »