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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.

CASA of Collin County Partners with Angel Flight to Keep Advocates & Kids Connected

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 »

NEW Texas Higher Education Foster Care Liaisons Information & Reference Guide

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 »

Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development Releases New TBRI Video

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 »

Annie E. Casey Foundation Publishes 2017 KIDS COUNT Data Book

The Annie E. Casey Foundation recently released the 2017 KIDS COUNT Data Book in which each state is ranked on overall child well-being based on four factors: economic well-being, education, health, and family and community. In this year’s report, Texas ranked 41st overall – a slight increase from 43rd in 2016. Although Texas is working… Read more »

Child Welfare News Clips of Interest

Make sure you’re in the loop on current happenings in child welfare at both the state and national levels by browsing news clips of interest selected by our Public Policy team. This page will be continually updated as news stories come up, with the most recent stories at the top. JULY 2017 Houston Chronicle: Harris County Attorney files… Read more »

Survey: Texans Care for Children Seeks Input from CASA & Child Welfare Providers

Texans Care for Children is working to understand what reproductive health and family planning information is provided to youth in foster care, and the services and supports provided to pregnant and parenting foster youth. In order to get a complete picture of the current information and services provided, they are looking for input and feedback… Read more »

Engage – A Newsletter Connecting the Community & DFPS

The first edition of Engage, the new newsletter from the Texas Department of Family & Protective Services (DFPS) Office of Volunteer and Community Engagement, is now out! Download the first edition. Engage strives to connect the community and DFPS by highlighting the community engagement work that is happening across the state. Each issue discusses community… Read more »

Teen Steps Up to Make a Difference for Kids in Foster Care

Last year, more than 19,000 Texas children were removed from their homes due to evidence of abuse or neglect. Taken from everything they know and placed in foster care due to no fault of their own, many of these kids arrived at their placements wide-eyed and overwhelmed – with a trash bag of hastily packed… Read more »