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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.

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 »

Creating Lifetime Networks Around Children & Families

By Vicki Spriggs Chief Executive Officer of Texas CASA June is National Reunification Month, and as the world watches the ongoing crisis at the Texas border, Texas CASA stands committed to putting the best interest of the child first and foremost in everything we do. This month takes on a more pressing meaning as we think… Read more »

Conversations with CASA – Kristene Blackstone

Associate Commissioner for Child Protective Services Kristene Blackstone sits down with Texas CASA CEO Vicki Spriggs to talk about the department’s successes over the past two years under her leadership and areas where they are still working to improve. Blackstone has been associate commissioner for CPS in Texas since May 1, 2016, overseeing one of… Read more »

Conversations with CASA – Brandy Howard

In this installment of Conversations with CASA, Texas CASA CEO Vicki Spriggs sits down with Foster Youth Attorney Brandy Howard with Disability Rights Texas to discuss the organization’s legal work in supporting children and youth in the foster care system. As a Foster Youth Attorney, Howard often serves as co-Attorney ad Litem and advocate for… Read more »

Paving the Way for Brighter Outcomes for Children

By Vicki Spriggs Chief Executive Officer of Texas CASA When we look back on our journey through life – the turning points, accomplishments and the important choices we’ve made – many of us can point to key people who encouraged and supported us, and helped keep us on the right path towards achieving our goals. Take… Read more »

Turning Awareness into Action

By Vicki Spriggs Chief Executive Officer of Texas CASA Over the past few months, we’ve been diving into a year in the life of a foster child told through the eyes of a young girl named Emily. Emily has been removed from an abusive and dangerous situation, but she is far from “saved” now that she… Read more »

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 »