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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.

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 »

Conversations with CASA – Delia Martinez

Texas CASA CEO Vicki Spriggs chats with Delia Martinez, co-founder of the San Antonio nonprofit Grandparents Raising Grandchildren. Martinez has led the organization since it was created in 2016 to help grandparents obtain the information and resources they need most. Nationally, many grandparents like Martinez are stepping in to raise their grandchildren due to various… Read more »

Be a Chance for a Child Who Needs You

By Vicki Spriggs Chief Executive Officer of Texas CASA Even as a young girl I knew that I wanted children someday, but I never wanted to physically have them. It wasn’t that I was afraid, or that I thought the world was too populated, or any medical or philosophical reason – I just knew that it… Read more »

Conversations with CASA – Kristene Blackstone Part 2

Associate Commissioner for CPS Kristene Blackstone is back for another installment of Conversations with CASA to talk specifically about the Department’s initiatives to respond to and protect youth in foster care who run away. In Fiscal Year 2017, roughly 1,700 youth ran away. The Department recovered 1,400 of the youth and is working to create… Read more »

A Trauma-informed System that Works for Children & Families

By Vicki Spriggs Chief Executive Officer of Texas CASA We are officially into the fall season. I’ve always loved the fall – it reminds me of things like seeing the leaves change when I was growing up and excitement over the holidays approaching. I’m also reminded of crisp new school clothes and freshly sharpened pencils. Hundreds… Read more »

Conversations with CASA – Richard LaVallo

In this episode of Conversations with CASA, Vicki Spriggs speaks with Richard LaVallo, the Legal Director for Disability Rights Texas in Austin. The two discuss the work of Disability Rights Texas and their legal work for children in the child protection system, as well as ways CASA can advocate for the healthcare of the children… Read more »

Reflecting on National Hispanic Heritage Month

By Vicki Spriggs Chief Executive Officer of Texas CASA Imagine you’ve been taken from the only home you have ever known and placed in a foster home with people that do not speak your language, do not serve the types of foods you are used to and do not understand the subtleties of your culture. Now,… Read more »


By Vicki Spriggs Chief Executive Officer of Texas CASA The word family means different things to different people. Some reserve the term for blood relatives, and maybe the ones blood relatives marry. Others use it to refer to the friends that play an important role in their lives, or the people they work with – their… Read more »

Conversations with CASA – Andrea Sparks

The Director of Gov. Greg Abbott’s Child Sex Trafficking Team joined Vicki Spriggs for a new installment of Conversations with CASA. The two discuss the high risk children and youth in foster care face of being victims of human trafficking and what CASA can do to prevent youth from being exploited. As Director of the… Read more »

Who Will You Nominate?

By Vicki Spriggs Chief Executive Officer of Texas CASA Being a CASA volunteer is no easy task. Often referred to as the premier, volunteer opportunity in the country, the role of a CASA can be challenging. Although some of the top volunteer organizations do great work and have wonderful volunteers, the difference with CASA is that… Read more »

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