By Vicki Spriggs Chief Executive Officer of Texas CASA Almost daily, there’s a story on TV or in the newspaper revealing new statistics indicating the state of Texas’ troubled child welfare system. As discouraging as these numbers can be, it’s important to not shy away from them. After all, they reveal key information, pulling back the… 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 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.
Often, children in foster care are placed far from their homes and communities; making visitations, pre-placement home assessments, school functions, and CASA visitations difficult – but an exciting new partnership is looking to change that for the McKinney-based CASA program. CASA of Collin County recently announced a partnership with Angel Flight South Central (AFSC) to… Read more »
With registration right around the corner, Texas CASA couldn’t be more excited for our 2017 Texas CASA Conference: Setting Our Course. The conference will be held at the Galveston Island Convention Center from October 19-21. Texas CASA has partnered with a variety of speakers that excel in their fields to bring the highest quality educational… Read more »
The Texas CASA Public Policy team hosted a series of three webinars in July covering the recently concluded 85th Regular Legislative Session, legislative outcomes and the specific impact of legislation on CASA programs and child advocacy. Click here to watch the recorded webinars and for more information. As always, if you have any questions about the… Read more »
Texas CASA CEO Vicki Spriggs evaluated the significant steps taken in the 85th Legislative Session, and what they mean for Texas children, in her recent op-ed for the San Antonio Express-News. “Lawmakers took meaningful steps to change the fate of Texas children. We continue to move forward from here. It will take time, it will… Read more »
Texas CASA is pleased to welcome Andrew “Drew” Montemayor to our Training team as our Instructional Designer II. Drew was born in Dunfermline, Scotland, and he brings an abundance of unique experience to his new role at Texas CASA. In addition to being a 10-year Marine veteran who has traveled extensively, he has worked with… Read more »
Candice Dosman is the Collaborative Family Engagement Manager for Texas CASA. From Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, Dosman has spent her entire career focused on child welfare in one way, shape or form – starting with a youth homeless shelter that then led her to working in residential group homes for foster children. From there, she became… Read more »
In addition to the Texas CASA legislative summary for the 85th Legislative Session recently prepared by our Public Policy team, two other groups have created legislative summary documents that may be useful and informative: Texans Care for Children has a summary that looks at the broad range of legislative issues affecting children in Texas: Texas Children and… Read more »
During the 84th Legislative Session in 2015, Texas CASA championed HB 3748 that requires all higher education institutions to designate at least one employee as a liaison for current and incoming students who are former foster youth. To help these liaisons make the greatest impact for foster youth, the Texas Institute for Child & Family… Read more »
Andy Homer is the Executive Director of Public Affairs for Texas CASA. Throughout his career he has worked extensively on health and human services issues, state appropriations issues and a number of complex public policy issues. What drew you to public policy? My father was a city manager. We would talk about public issues at the… Read more »