By Vicki Spriggs Chief Executive Officer of Texas CASA You may have seen a story in the news a couple of weeks ago about a teenager from Beaumont named Anthony. Anthony entered foster care at the age of 9. After two potential adoption placements had gone wrong and a relative placement had failed, all due to… Read more »
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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.
By Vicki Spriggs Chief Executive Officer of Texas CASA Yesterday, we premiered a new short film, Emily’s Dragon, that follows the journey of a little girl who tells the story of the many adversities, or “dragons,” she’s had to battle in her childhood – first while growing up in an abusive home, and then following removal… Read more »
By Vicki Spriggs Chief Executive Officer of Texas CASA A few weeks ago, National CASA released their 2016 Annual Report tracking the progress of the CASA programs across the country. The theme they chose is Momentum – and I can’t think of a more fitting word to describe what was an amazing year of growth for… Read more »
By Vicki Spriggs Chief Executive Officer of Texas CASA One month ago, Hurricane Harvey tore a devastating path through our southern, eastern and coastal Texas communities. The storm and its resulting floods forced many facilities and foster homes in affected areas to evacuate, leading to the displacement of hundreds of children. Additionally, our own CASA network… Read more »
By Vicki Spriggs Chief Executive Officer of Texas CASA I can’t believe they made me move schools again after I had finally made some friends. How am I supposed to focus in class when all I can think about is how I haven’t heard from my caseworker in three months? I know they’re just gonna hold… Read more »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »