Over the last couple of months, CASA programs across the state have gone virtual, finding ways to amplify advocacy and to respond to the challenges of the COVID-19 quarantine with creativity and extraordinary support for families. We spoke with Samantha Koepp-Stemplinger, Marketing and Recruitment Manager with CASA of the Coastal Bend, about what remote advocacy… Read more »
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May is Mental Health Awareness Month. This observation comes at a time when many of us are working to acclimate to our new norm and discover coping habits for the era of COVID-19. As difficult as this time has been, we should be mindful that these circumstances and compounding distress can have much bigger consequences… Read more »
Every child deserves a happy birthday and a chance to feel celebrated on their special day. But finding a truly festive celebration while in foster care can be challenging. Many kids in foster care already feel disconnected because they are living in uncertainty, far away from their parents and friends. Add the COVID-19 crisis, and… Read more »
By Vicki Spriggs Chief Executive Officer of Texas CASA Dear CASA Community, Today, it’s been more than six weeks since I set foot in the Texas CASA office. Six weeks of hosting staff meetings from my kitchen table, back-to-back Zoom conference calls and writing from my back porch. I’m grateful to be safe and healthy, and… Read more »
JUMP TO A SECTION What is prevention? Why does child abuse and neglect occur? How do prevention services work? What does the state of Texas do to prevent child abuse and neglect? What can I do to help? Throughout April, Child Abuse Prevention Month, Texas CASA and other groups will be sharing information and resources… Read more »
By Vicki Spriggs Chief Executive Officer of Texas CASA My Dear Community, I’m writing to you from my kitchen table today. The City of Austin’s shelter in place order went into effect on March 25, and all Texas CASA employees are working remotely. It’s been more than a week at this point, but it’s still a… Read more »
Parental substance use is a contributing factor in most removals within the child welfare system. However, nearly all removals that involve parental substance use as a contributing factor are related to neglectful supervision rather than abuse, according to a recent report from Texans Care for Children. Kate Murphy, Senior Child Welfare Policy Associate with Texans… Read more »
By Vicki Spriggs Chief Executive Officer of Texas CASA March is National Professional Social Work Month, when we take the time to celebrate the social workers who’ve devoted their careers to improving the lives of others. Social workers are truly at the heart of the child welfare system. There are so many things I admire about… Read more »
What happens when a teenager with epilepsy and his CASA advocate make a powerful bond of trust? Carlos, 17, was at work when he experienced a seizure and was rushed to the hospital. Doctors diagnosed him with epilepsy and attempted to contact his guardian. Before the seizure, however, he had run away from home due… Read more »
The federal Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA), passed in 2018, intends to help child welfare systems across the U.S. keep more families together and create better outcomes for children who have to be in foster care. It changes the way the federal government funds child welfare systems to incentivize these goals. The FFPSA will… Read more »