Texas CASA is excited to launch the Distinguished Speakers Series, a new, advocacy-focused learning opportunity for the CASA network and other community partners involved in the child welfare system. The multi-part series will feature high-caliber speakers sharing their expertise on topics and issues impacting the child welfare system and how we can all enhance our… Read more »
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This episode of Conversations with CASA features Kristen Weber, Director of Equity, Inclusion, and Justice at the Center for the Study of Social Policy, and Alan J. Dettlaff, Dean of the Graduate College of Social Work at the University of Houston, who co-lead the newly launched upEND movement. The upEND movement is a grassroots advocacy… Read more »
By Vicki Spriggs Chief Executive Officer of Texas CASA Dear CASA Community, I want to bring your attention to some bright news in the middle of this challenging time. A very important and potentially transformative bill was recently passed by U.S. Congress: S. 2661, or the “National Suicide Hotline Designation Act of 2020.” This bill would… Read more »
October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. When kiddos are exposed to domestic violence in the home, it can be hard to know how, and when, to talk to them about it. These children’s books may make these conversations a little bit easier for CASA volunteers, parents, foster parents and caregivers to have with children… Read more »
Does your family celebrate Halloween? Do you have kids who love to dress up, go trick-or-treating, get spooked and fill up on candy? With COVID-19 and physical distancing, festivities will have to look different this year, especially in high-risk zones. Whether you’re a parent, foster parent or kinship caregiver, here are some ideas to help… Read more »
Many of us working with children and families in the child welfare system see the prevalence of parental substance use in child removal cases. In fact, according to Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) data, in 2017, parental substance use was a contributing factor in 68% of child removal cases in Texas. Something lesser… Read more »
Skip to a specific section of this summary: Background on the FFPSA | What the DFPS Strategic Plan Tells Us | What’s Next? The Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) released its strategic plan for the Federal Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA) in September 2020. The plan outlines options available to the legislature and ways DFPS plans… Read more »
How can CASA volunteers skillfully advocate for youth with disabilities? On this episode of CASA on the Go, we’re joined by Heidi Lersch, Educator and Training Coordinator, and Rashid Amrani-Khaldi, Community Engagement Specialist, with The SAFE Alliance’s Disability Services – sharing strategies for how CASA volunteers can work to identify and promote protective factors that… Read more »
Texas CASA CEO Vicki Spriggs and Public Policy Fellow Bryan Mares discuss medical advocacy for children in the foster care system in this edition of Conversations with CASA. The two dive into the heightened medical and mental health challenges children in foster care face compared to those not in the system, as well as some… Read more »
Texas CASA’s Public Policy team is conducting monthly webinars leading up to the 87th Legislative Session, which will convene in January 2021. These webinars will touch on CASA legislative advocacy topics – from our legislative priorities to the nuts and bolts of what Legislative Advocacy Teams (LATs) do during session. REGISTER FOR THE WEBINAR SERIES… Read more »