“Just keep showing up and reminding them that they matter—that their dreams, their desires matter, that their futures matter. Just keep telling them, again and again and again, until they believe it; until they own it. And then, when they do, keep telling them!”

This month, Texas CASA CEO Vicki Spriggs chats with Aly Ferrante, Advocacy Specialist Team Leader & WINGS Team Lead with Child Advocates of Fort Bend. The WINGS Program, which serves youth ages 14 – 18+, focuses on helping young people acquire life skills, plan and achieve educational goals, develop a transitional living plan, and create a support system of positive adults outside of the foster care system.

Learn more about all of CAFB’s specialized programs on their website: CAFB.org/programs/CASA

Watch our previous episode featuring CAFB’s N.E.S.T. Program for kids age 6-13: https://youtu.be/c_d0IWfIXQc

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Conversations with CASA – Empowering CASA Advocacy for Older Youth & Young Adults

“Just keep showing up and reminding them that they matter—that their dreams, their desires matter, that their futures matter. Just keep telling them, again and again and again, until they believe it; until they own it. And then, when they do, keep telling them!” This month, Texas CASA CEO Vicki Spriggs chats with Aly Ferrante, Advocacy Specialist Team Leader & … Read More

New Podcast Episode: Authentic Youth Engagement in Family Meetings & Beyond (Part 1) with Lisa Merkel-Holguin & Anita Horner

Too often, child welfare professionals’ good intentions of protecting children or youth from difficult conversations can have the unintended result of excluding the young person from decision-making that profoundly impacts them. Texas CASA is deeply honored to welcome the powerhouse duo Lisa Merkel-Holguin and Anita Horner from The Kempe Center for the Prevention and Treatment of Child Abuse and Neglect … Read More

Elevating the Voices of Those We Serve

By Vicki Spriggs, Texas CASA CEO Dear CASA Community, December is here, and 2022 is right around the corner! Are you with me in the sense that this feels like both the fastest and the slowest year in memory? Kudos to all of you for continuing your good work during a time of unprecedented challenge. Our heartfelt efforts together are … Read More

Hear My Voice: Jackson’s Story

Hear My Voice is a series of first-person testimonies from people with lived experience with the foster care system, created from in-depth interviews. This is Jackson’s story, as told to Abe Louise Young.  Jackson, age 23, aged out of foster care and lives now in Mt. Pleasant, TX. Be aware that this story discusses substance use and a suicide attempt. … Read More