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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 Honors Two Outstanding Leaders in Child Welfare

On April 6, 2017, Texas CASA hosted the Champions Luncheon, presented by CenterPoint Energy, at the Hilton Downtown Hotel in Austin. More than 150 attendees joined us as we honored Texas State Senator Jane Nelson with the Inaugural Jane Quentan Piper Founder’s Award and Texas Supreme Court Justice Eva Guzman with the Texas CASA Champions Award for… Read more »

Texas CASA Board Member Takes CASA to New Heights

Texas CASA Board Member David Setzer recently received the Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award, a prestigious award issued by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to pilots “who have exhibited professionalism, skill, and aviation expertise for at least 50 years while piloting aircraft as ‘Master Pilots.’” A lifelong aviation enthusiast, David is now using his skills… Read more »

Hill Country CASA Reaches Milestone of Serving 100% of Children with Volunteers

Established in 1989, Hill Country CASA, the local CASA program covering Kerr, Bandera, Gillespie and Kendall counties, began with just 15 volunteers serving 24 children. Over the last 28 years, the program has achieved many milestones, and a few weeks ago, they reached one of their greatest accomplishments – serving 100 percent of their children… Read more »

Announcing the Results of the COVE Project Selection Bias Study

Texas CASA is excited to announce that we have finalized the results of the Selection Bias Study, the first of four studies that make up the Child Outcomes & Volunteer Effectiveness (COVE) Project. The COVE Project will help Texas CASA better understand the contributions CASA volunteer advocates make in the lives of the children they serve…. Read more »

CASA of the Coastal Bend Hosts Fun-filled CFE Event

CASA of the Coastal Bend, the Corpus Christi-based CASA program, held an event over spring break for advocates and their CASA children to enjoy an afternoon full of games, art, and Collaborative Family Engagement (CFE) tools. The program, which is also involved with our Permanent Managing Conservatorship (PMC) project for kids in long-term foster care, hosted the… Read more »

Training Opportunity: Keeping Urgency for Permanency with Kevin Campbell

Texas CASA is excited to announce that we will be hosting a free training with national permanency expert and Family Finding Model author Kevin Campbell on Wednesday, March 8. Now open to both CASA and child welfare stakeholders, come learn from Campbell as he provides invaluable insight on the needs of children in long-term foster care,… Read more »

CASA Day at the Capitol 2017 Is a Huge Success

On Feb. 16, representatives from more than 40 of the 72 local CASA programs across the state traveled to Austin for CASA Day at the Capitol, the one day each legislative session that the CASA community comes together to bring attention to improving outcomes for children and youth in foster care. More than 300 CASA… Read more »

PMC Project Helps CASA Volunteers Better Support Children in Long-term Foster Care

With each case that arises, CASA volunteers advocate first and foremost for the reunification of the child with their immediate family. Unfortunately, this option is not always possible, and children’s parents’ rights are terminated – which means these children must be placed in the care of the state. Permanent Managing Conservatorship (PMC) is the legal… Read more »

Collaborative Family Engagement Initiative Continues to Spread Across the State

Year two of the Collaborative Family Engagement (CFE) initiative is underway, and the six newly added pilot sites covering nine Texas counties are now trained and ready to launch their CFE work and create brighter outcomes for children in the foster care system. The CFE initiative is a two-year Family Finding collaboration between CASA and the… Read more »

Texas CASA Releases FY 2016 Annual Report: Amplified Voices

The vision of Texas CASA is to one day provide a safe and positive future for all Texas children, and in Fiscal Year 2016, we came closer than ever before to making our vision a reality thanks to the dedicated work of the CASA community. Each of you is an integral part of how we… Read more »