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The CASA Voice is your go-to source for spotlights on the life-changing work that Texas CASA, the 72 local CASA volunteer advocacy programs, our child welfare partners, sponsors and supporters are doing to ensure a safe, positive future for all Texas children and families.

Conversations with CASA – Tanya Rollins

“Imagine living in COVID and living in COVID under a microscope… that’s our families. They’re living in COVID and in the age of COVID but they’re also doing it under a microscope. They’re doing it under the microscope of a CASA volunteer. They’re doing it under the microscope of a CPS caseworker. They’re doing it… Read more »

Safety, Connection & Community

Dear CASA Community, Right now, I know I’m not alone in feeling like the only constant is uncertainty, especially given the resurgence in COVID-19 cases reported recently. In spite of so much we can’t control, I hold on to the fact that what we can control is our own actions – and as advocates for… Read more »

You’re Not Alone! Support Hotlines for Youth & Families in Crisis

CASA volunteers build a special relationship with the youth they advocate for and work to keep them safe and cared for, but sometimes, being the best advocate means knowing when the child or family needs more help than you are able to provide. CASA volunteers are not meant to be crisis counselors, yet there may… Read more »

June 2020 Court Monitors Report Summary

Following a mandate by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, the Monitors of the Texas Foster Care System have released their first report. The Monitors ultimately concluded that more than two years after the Court issued its Final Order on the Texas child welfare system, the system “continues to expose children in… Read more »

Texas CASA Elects Four New Board Members

In June 2020, Texas CASA welcomed four new members to our board of directors: Don Binnicker, Anna Futral, Pastor Eric Hallback and Rhonda Thompson. “Don, Anna, Pastor Eric and Rhonda all bring unique expertise and passion for the CASA cause,” said Vicki Spriggs, Texas CASA CEO. “Their ideas and leadership will help guide Texas CASA… Read more »

A Message from Texas CASA CEO Vicki Spriggs – June 2020

Dear CASA Community, Texas CASA mourns the deaths of Black Americans at the hands of police officers, and stands with all people affected by racism and injustice. The pain and protests throughout our nation speak a message that must be heard. Please read our full statement to learn about our renewed commitment to building the… Read more »

Thank You, Dad! Texas CASA’s Staff Celebrates Father’s Day

  In honor of Father’s Day, Texas CASA staff is celebrating the fathers and father figures in our lives. Some staff graciously shared a few of their cherished experiences with their fathers. Texas CASA wishes a Happy Father’s Day to all the fathers, grandpas, and father figures out there — thank you for giving children… Read more »

Strengthening a Family Stretched Across the Border

One day in January 2020, Jesús*, a single father, was arrested on charges of shoplifting. Authorities discovered that he was undocumented, and he was put into a detention center by Immigration and Customs Enforcement. His two sons, Cesar* and Enrique*, 9 and 11, were placed in the foster care system, not knowing if they’d ever… Read more »

Conversations with CASA – Kenneth Thompson

In child welfare, often, there is more focus on engaging mothers than fathers, even though fathers are just as important for a child’s healthy development. In this episode, our CEO Vicki Spriggs talks with DFPS Fatherhood Specialist Kenneth Thompson on the benefits for children and families when fathers are more involved in the work of… Read more »