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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.

Numbers

By Vicki Spriggs Chief Executive Officer of Texas CASA Almost daily, there’s a story on TV or in the newspaper revealing new statistics indicating the state of Texas’ troubled child welfare system. As discouraging as these numbers can be, it’s important to not shy away from them. After all, they reveal key information, pulling back the… Read more »

CASA Volunteers Give Children the Chance They Deserve

By Vicki Spriggs Chief Executive Officer of Texas CASA A few weeks ago, I attended my granddaughter’s preschool graduation along with her proud parents, grandparents, and other loved ones. As we applauded for her and her classmates and I looked at each of their faces, I couldn’t help but wonder what it would be like for… Read more »

New Program Helps Texas Foster Children: Op-ed by Texas CASA CEO Vicki Spriggs

On May 14, Texas CASA CEO Vicki Spriggs contributed an op-ed for the El Paso Times delving into our Collaborative Family Engagement (CFE) initiative. “This past weekend, families across the state came together to celebrate Mother’s Day. But for the thousands of Texas children separated from their families and now in our state’s foster care… Read more »

Saluting the Volunteers Who Safeguard Our Children

By Vicki Spriggs Chief Executive Officer of Texas CASA Each day, 52 children enter the Texas child protection system due to evidence of abuse or neglect. That’s 52 children a day removed from their home due to no fault of their own and placed in a system in crisis that, last year, a federal judge ruled… Read more »

While We Await CPS Reform, CASA Speaks Up for Children Today

By Vicki Spriggs Chief Executive Officer of Texas CASA Last year in Texas, there were 58,644 confirmed victims of child abuse or neglect – that’s one victimized child every 9 minutes. 60% of these victims were 6 years old or younger. 222 children died due to abuse or neglect.* If these statistics aren’t sobering enough, 48,795… Read more »

At-risk Kids Can’t Wait for Overhaul of Child-welfare System: Op-Ed by Texas CASA CEO Vicki Spriggs

“Nearly 49,000 Texas children find themselves in the child welfare system each year after having experienced abuse and/or neglect from family members. Imagine being an 8-year-old and you’re suddenly removed from your home, sent to a different city, and separated from family, friends, classmates and teachers. Where would you find your support system? And who… Read more »

Raise the Age of Criminal Responsibility: Op-ed by Texas CASA CEO Vicki Spriggs

“Texas is one of a few states that treat all 17-year-olds as adults by automatically channeling them into the adult criminal justice system rather than the juvenile system. Doing so not only results in long-term harms stemming from criminal convictions that can create obstacles to good life outcomes, but in the short term, placement in… Read more »

Change Starts with the Child

By Vicki Spriggs Chief Executive Officer of Texas CASA Each day, thousands of dedicated citizens across Texas speak up to make a difference in the lives of abused and neglected children in the foster care system. These everyday people are CASA volunteers, and they are using the power of their voices to build a brighter future,… Read more »

Home for the Holidays

By Vicki Spriggs Chief Executive Officer of Texas CASA My favorite holiday memories are anchored to going home to visit my family in New York for Christmas. My parents would set up the Christmas tree in the living room in front of the windows facing the snow-encircled, slightly frozen lake. My four sisters, my niece and… Read more »