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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.

CASA Deep Dive: Legislative Priorities – Human Trafficking Prevention

To keep you informed and inspired during the 86th Legislative Session, Texas CASA is taking the next few months to dive in to some of our key legislative priorities. Read more about our legislative priorities and our work leading up to, and during, the session. TEXAS CASA LEGISLATIVE PRIORITY Help prevent human trafficking and meet the needs… Read more »

Texas CASA Spotlight: Jonathan Horstmann

Jonathan Horstmann, Creative Multimedia Developer and Trainer, has been with Texas CASA for just over a year now. His role at Texas CASA includes creating graphic and video content for training and e-learning programs as well as capturing the great work of Texas CASA and the CASA network by acting as our on-staff videographer. Tell… Read more »

Texas CASA Hosts Powerful Meeting with LGBTQ & LGBTQ-Affirming Clergy

On March 26, 2019, Texas CASA hosted a powerful and enlightening conversation with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) clergy members and LGBTQ-affirming congregations as part of our Clergy, CASA and Community initiative. As you may know, over the past year, Texas CASA has been hosting discussions with CASA programs, CPS representatives and faith… Read more »

Texas CASA Champion Bills on the Move!

Texas CASA’s Public Policy team has been hard at work to ensure the success of the bills we are championing this session. Several of our champion bills have passed out of their chamber of origin and are headed to committees on the other side. The Senate has not been hearing many CPS bills this session,… Read more »

Thank You, Give Realty!

Texas CASA was honored to receive a generous donation of $5,930.62 from Give Realty agent Nogie King and broker Amity Courtois. Give Realty is a unique real estate brokerage based in Austin, Texas, which donates 25% of their sales commission to the nonprofit of their client’s choice. Nogie had the pleasure of helping a family… Read more »

Education Reach for Texans’ 10th Annual Conference

Education Reach for Texans seeks to eliminate barriers to success and build support programs for alumni of foster care attending public colleges and universities in the state of Texas. The organization is holding its 10th Annual Conference: Road Rules – Charting the Course to Graduation, on June 6-7 in Austin. The event will be hosted by the Texas Institute… Read more »

Update on CASA Funding

The Appropriations Bill, House Bill 1, is entering the final stages of negotiation. The House and Senate have each passed their proposed budgets. This week, conference committee members were appointed and have begun the hard work of reconciling those two budget proposals. The Texas House of Representatives and the Senate Finance Committee have approved additional… Read more »

Texas CASA Public Policy Team in Action

Texas CASA’s Public Policy team continues to represent the voice of CASA before the legislature. Public Policy Executive Director Andy Homer testified before the House Human Services Committee on Chairman James Frank’s House Bill 3331 at the hearing on April 2. HB 3331 makes a number of changes in the Family Code relating to procedures… Read more »

Texas CASA Releases CFE Symposium Highlight Video

On March 7-8, 2019, Texas CASA brought together over 150 CASA and DFPS representatives, as well as child welfare partners, for the Inaugural Collaborative Family Engagement (CFE) Symposium: Our Community. With the help of Family Finding Creator Kevin Campbell and Dr. Gina Samuels of the University of Chicago, we took a deeper look at CFE… Read more »

CFE Coaches Recognized with FGDM Award From CPS

Texas CASA’s Collaborative Family Engagement (CFE) Coaches, Anna McDonnell and Catherine Dooley, were both recently recognized by CPS with the Family Group Decision Making (FGDM) award for their dedication to CFE. As CFE Coaches, McDonnell and Dooley each cover a region of Texas and work closely with CPS and local CASA programs implementing and using… Read more »