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The latest news, events & developments in the child welfare community. Below you will find all of the latest Child Welfare Connection stories – to browse other categories, return to The CASA Voice home page or use the navigation list in the right column.

Texas CASA Recommends: Instant Family

Review by Emma Ledford Texas CASA Communications Specialist Instant Family didn’t have to portray the foster-to-adopt process as realistically as it did – but it sure did – and it did it pretty darn well. Without giving too much away, here’s the basic plot: Pete (Mark Walhberg) and Ellie (Rose Byrne) feel ready to start… Read more »

Texas CASA Honors Judge Rob Hofmann

Texas CASA recently recognized the Honorable Rob Hofmann for his excellence as a judge and his leadership in improving educational outcomes for children and youth in foster care. The award was presented at the 2018 Judge’s Reception hosted by Texas CASA at the annual Children’s Commission Child Welfare Judges Conference. Following the first day of the conference,… Read more »

Emily’s Story: A Year in the Life of a Foster Child

PART 11: Thanksgiving READ: PART 1 | PART 2 | PART 3 | PART 4 | PART 5 | PART 6 | PART 7 | PART 8 | PART 9 | PART 10 | Part 11 Emily: Thanksgiving may be my new favorite holiday! I had two this year. First it was just Mom, my aunt and me. Mom made my favorite mac and cheese and mashed potatoes. She said she wasn’t sure… Read more »

NCMEC: Free Spotlight on Exploitation Trainings in 4 Cities

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) – Texas Regional Office is hosting FREE Spotlight on Exploitation trainings in various cities to educate CASA volunteers, staff, board members and others involved with child welfare about the exploitation and trafficking of youth in foster care. Hear from experts with NCMEC, local law enforcement, service providers and foster care alumni, and… 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 »

Emily’s Story: A Year in the Life of a Foster Child

PART 10: Support READ: PART 1 | PART 2 | PART 3 | PART 4 | PART 5 | PART 6 | PART 7 | PART 8 | PArt 9 | PART 10 | PART 11 Maria, Emily’s CASA Volunteer: I just got off the phone with Emily’s therapist. Today was Emily’s first visit with her dad since being removed from home. Her grandparents took her to her therapist’s office… Read more »

The Family Helpline: A Critical Resource for CPS-involved Families & More

Advocates, lawyers, caseworkers and more would likely agree that the Texas child welfare system is complicated. But for the children and families involved with Child Protective Services (CPS) due to evidence of abuse or neglect, it’s more than just complicated. It’s overwhelming, and even scary. The Family Helpline for Strong Families and Safe Children, a… Read more »

DFPS Releases 2018 Disproportionality Analysis

Maybe you’ve heard that disproportionality is an issue for the children and families in the child welfare system. But have you ever wondered what it looks like in your area? The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) recently released their FY 2018 Disproportionality Analysis, which among other things states that African American children are… Read more »

Emily’s Story: A Year in the Life of a Foster Child

PART 9: Returning READ: PART 1 | PART 2 | PART 3 | PART 4 | PART 5 | PART 6 | PART 7 | PART 8 | PArt 9 | Part 10 | PART 11 Emily: It’s finally happening! I get to go home with Mom! I’ve been staying on the weekends, and it’s been the best. At the same time, it was kind of hard going back to… Read more »

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