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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.

Friday’s Child Film Premiering May 7-8

The SXSW 2018 Film Festival Official Selection Friday’s Child is hosting premiere screenings in theatres all across the U.S. on May 7-8.  Based on the realities of aging out of foster care, Friday’s Child follows a young man drifting through life who turns to petty crime to survive. As one of 20,000 foster youth who are no… Read more »

TNOYS 36th Annual Conference – CASA Discount!

Texas Network of Youth Services (TNOYS) is hosting its 36th Annual Conference on Services to Youth and Families from June 25-28 in Houston. The event brings together stakeholders in youth services from across Texas to collaborate on best practices, receive training and support, learn from each other and ultimately strengthen services to youth. The conference will… Read more »

Education Reach for Texans’ 10th Annual Conference

Education Reach for Texans seeks to eliminate barriers to success and build support programs for alumni of foster care attending public colleges and universities in the state of Texas. The organization is holding its 10th Annual Conference: Road Rules – Charting the Course to Graduation, on June 6-7 in Austin. The event will be hosted by the Texas Institute… 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 »

FREE Leadership Resilience & Emergency Preparedness Trainings

Building resilience within oneself, within an organization, and coping with leadership fatigue are important tools. The Texas Center for Child and Family Studies is hosting 13 free trainings that focus on leadership resilience and emergency preparedness. Using principles from post-traumatic growth and positive psychology—and other resilience focused modalities—this in-person training will be delivered throughout the… Read more »

Child Fatalities Due to Abuse & Neglect Increased in FY 2018

The Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) recently released their report on Child Fatalities and Near Fatalities for Fiscal Year 2018. Some key statistics from the report include: Texas had 211 confirmed child abuse and neglect-related fatalities in FY 2018, an increase of 22.7% compared to FY 2017 (172). 36% of the victims were… 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 »

Conversations with CASA – Wayne Carson Part 2

Texas CASA is back with the second installment of Conversations with CASA featuring Wayne Carson, CEO of ACH Child and Family Services. ACH oversees Our Community Our Kids, the Single Source Continuum Contractor (SSCC) with the Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) that coordinates and delivers services to children in foster care and their families in Region… Read more »

Texas CASA Co-Sponsors Harris County Child Welfare Convening

On Feb. 6, more than 40 people, including representatives from Child Advocates, Inc., Texas CASA, the Supreme Court of Texas Children’s Commission, Casey Family Programs and Child Protective Services, came together to welcome the newly elected child welfare judges for Harris County. Hosted at the Grotto restaurant in downtown Houston, the event’s purpose was two-fold:… Read more »

DFPS Releases 2018 Data Book

DFPS recently released its 2018 Data Book, which contains both statewide and local statistics on the CPS system in Texas. Below are some key statewide statistics for 2018. In 2018 in Texas: 211 children died from abuse or neglect. There were 66,382 confirmed victims of child abuse or neglect. Almost every 8 minutes, a child became a victim of abuse or neglect…. Read more »