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Texas CASA’s initiatives & projects that are realizing our vision of a safe, positive future for all Texas children. Below you will find all of the latest Advancing Our Vision stories – to browse other categories, return to The CASA Voice home page or use the navigation list in the right column.

Texas CASA’s 30th Anniversary Mural Unveiled

Texas CASA is celebrating our 30th Anniversary all year long during 2019. As part of our celebration, we commissioned a commemorative mural in honor of all that we have accomplished as a network over the last 30 years. Created by Avery O Design, the mural captures major milestones in Texas CASA’s history, including the signing… Read more »

Texas CASA Spotlight: Jonathan Horstmann

Jonathan Horstmann, Creative Multimedia Developer and Trainer, has been with Texas CASA for just over a year now. His role at Texas CASA includes creating graphic and video content for training and e-learning programs as well as capturing the great work of Texas CASA and the CASA network by acting as our on-staff videographer. Tell… Read more »

Texas CASA Hosts Powerful Meeting with LGBTQ & LGBTQ-Affirming Clergy

On March 26, 2019, Texas CASA hosted a powerful and enlightening conversation with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) clergy members and LGBTQ-affirming congregations as part of our Clergy, CASA and Community initiative. As you may know, over the past year, Texas CASA has been hosting discussions with CASA programs, CPS representatives and faith… Read more »

Texas CASA Releases CFE Symposium Highlight Video

On March 7-8, 2019, Texas CASA brought together over 150 CASA and DFPS representatives, as well as child welfare partners, for the Inaugural Collaborative Family Engagement (CFE) Symposium: Our Community. With the help of Family Finding Creator Kevin Campbell and Dr. Gina Samuels of the University of Chicago, we took a deeper look at CFE… Read more »

CFE Coaches Recognized with FGDM Award From CPS

Texas CASA’s Collaborative Family Engagement (CFE) Coaches, Anna McDonnell and Catherine Dooley, were both recently recognized by CPS with the Family Group Decision Making (FGDM) award for their dedication to CFE. As CFE Coaches, McDonnell and Dooley each cover a region of Texas and work closely with CPS and local CASA programs implementing and using… Read more »

Texas CASA Brings Together Over 150 People for Inaugural CFE Symposium

Over the course of two days from March 7-8, Texas CASA brought together more than 150 CASA and CPS representatives, as well as child welfare partners, to take a deeper look at the Collaborative Family Engagement (CFE) initiative. The Inaugural CFE Symposium: Our Community was open to counties and programs currently participating in CFE. The… Read more »

Texas CASA Recruitment & Retention Officer Appointed to DFPS Advisory Committee

Texas CASA’s Recruitment and Retention Officer, Dennise Jackson, was recently appointed to the Advisory Committee on Promoting Adoption of Minority Children. Established in 1997, this committee’s main purposes include raising awareness of minority children’s needs in all stages of service, both locally and statewide, as well as making recommendations to DFPS for programs and projects… Read more »

Texas CASA Welcomes CFE Coach

Please join us in welcoming Melissa Markey to the Texas CASA team as a Collaborative Family Engagement (CFE) Coach. Melissa will be the CFE Coach for Dallas and surrounding/north Dallas area. Melissa was one of the first CFE Coach contractors for Texas CASA back in 2016, before she joined CASA of Tarrant County as their CFE Lead. She… Read more »

Texas CASA Spotlight: Maria McCord

Maria McCord is a Collaborative Family Engagement (CFE) Coach for Texas CASA. She was born and raised in El Paso, Texas and has more than 20 years of experience working with children in foster care and nonprofit organizations. She has her bachelor’s degree in human services as well as her master’s degree in business administration, and… Read more »

YOU Can Make a Difference During Child Abuse Prevention Month

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month, and Texas CASA wants you to know that YOU can play a part in helping end child abuse and neglect. Abuse and neglect in Texas during 2018 resulted in 211 deaths, 66,382 confirmed victims, and 20,685 children removed from their home. That means that almost every 8 minutes, a child… Read more »