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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 recently presented an award of special recognition to Judge Katrina M. Griffith for her exceptional and innovative work for children and youth in the child welfare system, especially those in Permanent Managing Conservatorship (PMC) or long-term care – the most vulnerable of the vulnerable. Judge Griffith was honored during our Judges Reception at… Read more »
Our hearts go out to everyone touched by Hurricane Harvey and the resulting floods, including children in the Texas child welfare system. For more information on the affect of the storm’s effect on Texas’ child welfare and juvenile justice systems, please read this article by The Chronicle of Social Change. Below are two ways you can… Read more »
Due to Hurricane Harvey and the subsequent flooding, many facilities and foster homes in affected areas have been evacuated, leading to an urgent need for foster placements. Texas CASA has been in contact with DFPS to better understand what CASA volunteers and staff can do to ensure that children are safe and advocated for during… Read more »
In order to best support children and youth in the child welfare system, it is critical to understand trauma and how to care for children in a way that builds positive relationships, helps the healing process, and promotes resilience and success. To assist in this goal, the Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute (MMHPI) partnered with… Read more »
Often, children in foster care are placed far from their homes and communities; making visitations, pre-placement home assessments, school functions, and CASA visitations difficult – but an exciting new partnership is looking to change that for the McKinney-based CASA program. CASA of Collin County recently announced a partnership with Angel Flight South Central (AFSC) to… Read more »
Texas CASA CEO Vicki Spriggs evaluated the significant steps taken in the 85th Legislative Session, and what they mean for Texas children, in her recent op-ed for the San Antonio Express-News. “Lawmakers took meaningful steps to change the fate of Texas children. We continue to move forward from here. It will take time, it will… Read more »
In addition to the Texas CASA legislative summary for the 85th Legislative Session recently prepared by our Public Policy team, two other groups have created legislative summary documents that may be useful and informative: Texans Care for Children has a summary that looks at the broad range of legislative issues affecting children in Texas: Texas Children and… Read more »
During the 84th Legislative Session in 2015, Texas CASA championed HB 3748 that requires all higher education institutions to designate at least one employee as a liaison for current and incoming students who are former foster youth. To help these liaisons make the greatest impact for foster youth, the Texas Institute for Child & Family… Read more »
Texas Christian University’s (TCU) Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development recently released a new short animated video that explores Trust-Based Relational Intervention® or TBRI®. TBRI is an attachment-based, trauma-informed intervention that is designed to meet the complex needs of children from “hard places,” including children in the foster care system. The Institute is named after… Read more »