April is Child Abuse Prevention Month (CAPM), and the local CASA programs all across Texas have been working hard to spread awareness of child abuse and neglect and get more people involved in the CASA mission. On Go Blue Day, April 5, the CASA network wore blue to show support for child abuse prevention. Here’s… Read more »
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Highlighting the transformative work of the 71 local CASA volunteer advocacy programs across the state. Below you will find all of the latest CASA Community stories – to browse other categories, return to The CASA Voice home page or use the navigation list in the right column.
As the CASA network continues to grow, check out our Growing the CASA Community page for photos from volunteer swearing-in ceremonies across the state!
On March 26, 2019, Texas CASA hosted a powerful and enlightening conversation with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) clergy members and LGBTQ-affirming congregations as part of our Clergy, CASA and Community initiative. As you may know, over the past year, Texas CASA has been hosting discussions with CASA programs, CPS representatives and faith… Read more »
At age 79, Lore Dietrich has devoted more than 30 years – nearly half of her life – to speaking up for children who have been affected by abuse and neglect. A native German, Dietrich moved to Texas with her husband in 1960 and first joined the CASA movement in 1988, when only 13 local… Read more »
After many months of hard work, planning and dedication, CASA of Hill County Texas’ first volunteer pre-service training was held on March 5 in Hillsboro. A reception at the Hill County court house was held on Feb. 8, 2019, to welcome Don Rawls as the first Executive Director of CASA of Hill County Texas and to… Read more »
On Feb. 6, more than 40 people, including representatives from Child Advocates, Inc., Texas CASA, the Supreme Court of Texas Children’s Commission, Casey Family Programs and Child Protective Services, came together to welcome the newly elected child welfare judges for Harris County. Hosted at the Grotto restaurant in downtown Houston, the event’s purpose was two-fold:… Read more »
Texas CASA recently elected three new members to its Board of Directors: communications professional Juan Elizondo, attorney and human resources professional Marissa Marquez, and STAR Health Executive Director Lorraine Martinez. “We are excited to welcome Juan, Marissa and Lorraine to our board of directors,” said Vicki Spriggs, Texas CASA CEO. “Each brings in a unique… Read more »
On Feb. 4, Texas CASA hosted local CASA programs and child welfare advocates from across the state for the 2019 Texas CASA Child Welfare Primer to discuss legislative advocacy, substance abuse and the importance of normalcy for children in the child welfare system. In the morning, the Texas CASA Public Policy team discussed important legislative… Read more »
Imagine yourself as a child, removed from your home and placed with a foster family where the people don’t look like your parents or siblings. The longer you’re there, the more you realize that they do things differently than your family. At first it’s little things, but as time goes on you feel more and… Read more »
Texas CASA’s story began 30 years ago in 1989, and without you, we would not have reached the many milestones over the course of our history. To celebrate and honor our history, we have created a visual timeline of major events within the CASA network in Texas as well as in the child welfare system. But… Read more »
2018 was a year of great strides for the CASA network in Texas, and we have highlighted many of these achievements in our FY 2018 Impact Report: From Our Communities to the Capitol. Together, the CASA network is taking steps forward for Texas’ children and youth in foster care and finding innovative ways to enhance advocacy… Read more »