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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 – Tara Perry

The CASA movement has been spreading across the country, and helping to lead the way is National CASA. In this month’s Conversations with CASA, Texas CASA CEO Vicki Spriggs sits down with National CASA CEO Tara Perry to discuss advances being made at the national level to support quality growth in advocacy. Perry first joined… Read more »

Go Forth & Do Great Things

By Vicki Spriggs Chief Executive Officer of Texas CASA I often wrap up Texas CASA staff meetings with the phrase “Go forth and do great things.” It’s my way of making sure each and every staff member leaves the meeting reinvigorated, conscious that their efforts make a difference, and recommitted to our vision. It’s easy to… Read more »

Conversations with CASA – Jenny Haynes

In the latest installment of our new series, Conversations with CASA, Texas CASA CEO Vicki Spriggs and Board President-elect Jenny Haynes discuss the future of Texas CASA and the CASA network. Haynes is a retired professional in public relations and communications with 35 years of fundraising, marketing, communications and governmental affairs experience. She has been… Read more »

Together We Can. Together We Will.

By Vicki Spriggs Chief Executive Officer of Texas CASA Earlier this month, the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) released its 2017 Interactive Data Book. The Data Book contains key statistics on child abuse and neglect in Texas, as well as information on the Child Protective Services (CPS) workforce. Let’s delve into some of… Read more »

Conversations with CASA – Felicia Mason-Edwards

Texas CASA CEO Vicki Spriggs sits down with DFPS Division Administrator for Faith-based Programs Felicia Mason-Edwards to discuss Texas’ current and future initiatives to get the faith community more involved in supporting children in the foster care system. Conversations with CASA is a new series from Texas CASA that will explore current issues and trends affecting… Read more »

A Home for Every Child

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 »

Children Shouldn’t Face Dragons Alone

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 »

Momentum

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 »

Post-Harvey: CASA & Child Welfare Community Unite in Support & Service

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 »