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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.

Stand Up for Children in Style | New Online Store!

Texas CASA is excited to announce the launch of our new online store, Stand Up for Children in Style. Our store will feature specially designed Texas CASA merchandise with 100% of the proceeds going towards advocacy for children in foster care across the state. The first collection, State of Well-Being, features a custom image created… Read more »

Texas CASA Spotlight: Sarah Crockett

Sarah Crockett is the Public Policy Coordinator for Texas CASA. Sarah grew up in Idaho and has a bachelor’s degree in political science and philosophy from Northwest Nazarene University, and a master’s degree in social work from the University of Michigan in Social Policy and Program Evaluation. Sarah served as associate director of the Texas… Read more »

Texas CASA CFE Team Wraps Up 11-City Training Tour

Texas CASA’s Collaborative Family Engagement (CFE) team recently wrapped up a monthlong training tour, teaching CFE tools and principles to hundreds of CASA and CPS representatives from the 11 new CFE sites across Texas. Based on Kevin Campbell’s Family Finding Model, CFE is Texas’ approach to finding and strengthening positive connections for children in foster… Read more »

Texas CASA Brings Together Black Pastors for Clergy, CASA & Community Initiative

On Nov. 13, Texas CASA hosted a facilitated meeting with black pastors as they shared their stories about their ministries and how they are making a difference in their communities. This meeting was one of a series of facilitated listening sessions in our Clergy, CASA and Community initiative – a developing partnership with the diverse… Read more »

NEW! The CASA Voice in a Minute

Enjoy reading about CASA and child welfare news in The CASA Voice, but don’t always feel you have the time? Check out our NEW quarterly email, The CASA Voice in a Minute! We know things get busy. The CASA Voice in a Minute is a quarterly digest of The CASA Voice – taking some of the most important… Read more »

Leading the Way for a Trauma-informed Child Welfare System

Though mental health receives special attention every year on Oct. 10, World Mental Health Day, Texas CASA works year-round to improve mental health and substance abuse services for families involved in the child welfare system. We’d like to share with you some of those initiatives. Utilizing data from the final report Understanding Trauma-Informed Care in… Read more »

Texas CASA Welcomes Education & Training Support Specialist

Texas CASA is pleased to welcome Sarah Ritch to our Education and Learning team as our Education and Training Support Specialist! Sarah is dedicated to improving outcomes for youth in the child protection system by giving CASA volunteers the tools to be the best possible advocates they can be, and ensuring children have access to… Read more »

CASA Takes Over Denton for 2018 Texas CASA Conference

More than 600 people from across Texas tuned in to CASA for the 2018 Texas CASA Conference! From Oct. 18-20, the CASA network took over Denton and came together to strengthen our advocacy. This year’s sessions were deep dives that focused on four areas: well-being, trauma-informed care, connections and Collaborative Family Engagement, and cultural diversity… Read more »

Texas CASA Spotlight – Catherine Dooley

Catherine Dooley, LMSW, is a Collaborative Family Engagement (CFE) Coach for Texas CASA, assisting in the delivery and implementation of CFE across the state. Prior to working with Texas CASA, Catherine contracted with the Children’s Advocacy Centers of Texas developing and evaluating trainings for volunteers and family advocates. Catherine also served as a Victim Advocate… Read more »

Texas CASA Welcomes Legislative Advocacy Coordinator

Texas CASA is pleased to welcome Ann Strauser Palmer to our Public Policy team as our Legislative Advocacy Coordinator. Ann will be working with the CASA Legislative Advocacy Teams (LATs) as they advocate for positive change in the Texas child welfare system. After receiving her law degree from the University of Houston, Ann went to work… Read more »

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