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Commentaries from Texas CASA CEO Vicki Spriggs on current happenings in child welfare. Below you will find all of the latest From the CEO stories – to browse other categories, return to The CASA Voice home page or use the navigation list in the right column.

Connection-Focused Advocacy for Children & Families

By Vicki Spriggs Chief Executive Officer of Texas CASA One of my clearest memories from my juvenile justice days is of meeting a young boy in a juvenile detention facility in West Texas. I was being shown around the facility, but I was having trouble paying attention to what the detention officers were telling me. All… Read more »

Conversations with CASA – Sasha Rasco

For Child Abuse Prevention Month, we’re taking a closer look at what the state is doing to expand prevention initiatives. Texas CASA CEO Vicki Spriggs sits down with Sasha Rasco, Associate Commissioner of Prevention and Early Intervention (PEI) at DFPS, to talk about the program’s strategic plan and overall goals. Rasco took the position of… Read more »

Conversations with CASA – Lorraine Martinez

Texas CASA welcomed Lorraine Martinez, Executive Director of STAR Health Program and one of our newest board members, in this edition of Conversations with CASA. Martinez breaks down the resources and services available through STAR Health as well as how CASA volunteers can access them on behalf of the children they serve. Martinez has served… Read more »

Family Seeing, Justice Doing & Dignity Giving

By Vicki Spriggs Chief Executive Officer of Texas CASA Texas CASA recently held our inaugural Collaborative Family Engagement (CFE) Symposium, and was joined by more than 150 CASA and CPS representatives who are currently part of our CFE initiative. As I listened to Kevin Campbell, the founder of Family Finding who has been our partner in… 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 »

Beyond Black History Month

By Vicki Spriggs Chief Executive Officer of Texas CASA It might surprise you to hear that I’m a bit of a sci-fi geek. I’ve seen all the versions of the TV show “Star Trek” and the “Star Wars” movies. I grew up on “Lost in Space” and “Buffy the Vampire Slayer.” A couple of weeks ago,… Read more »

Stand Up Against Human Trafficking

By Vicki Spriggs Chief Executive Officer of Texas CASA When I was young, my parents kept a close eye on me and my sisters. They were always teaching us to be careful around strangers; not to go out alone if possible; and to make sure they knew where we were at all times, and when we’d… Read more »

Conversations with CASA – Wayne Carson Part 1

Texas CASA is diving into Community Based Care in this episode of Conversations with CASA. In Part 1 of a two-part episode, Texas CASA CEO Vicki Spriggs sits down with 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… Read more »

Supporting Our Native Children & Families

By Vicki Spriggs Chief Executive Officer of Texas CASA If you follow child welfare, you may be aware of the recent legal challenge to the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) – the federal law that governs child custody proceedings for American Indian and Alaska Native children and their families. Enacted in 1978 to address a family… Read more »

Conversations with CASA – Crystal Leff-Piñon

Crystal Leff-Piñon joins us in this episode of Conversations with CASA and breaks down the Family Helpline for Strong Families and Safe Children, a project of the Austin-based Texas Legal Services Center. The Family Helpline was created to demystify the child welfare system by providing free, objective legal information, explanation and education for callers; as well… Read more »