In honor of September being National Kinship Care Month, we’re re-releasing our May 2021 online forum, It Takes Family.

When a family is in crisis and a child must be removed from the home, the child can be placed in a foster home, group home or a group care facility—but by far, the preferred placement is with someone with whom the child already has a strong relationship, whether that person is a relative or a family friend. This is known as kinship care.

Recorded live, It Takes Family was a powerful online community forum shedding light on a specific, often-misunderstood area of kinship care: kinship adoption. When you hear the term adoption, you may think of the common scenario of a couple or single person adopting a child not related to them by blood. However, more adoptions are now occurring within extended families, including adoption of a nephew, niece, grandchild or stepchild.⁠

Watch the forum and hear from Texas CASA CEO Vicki Spriggs, representatives from the Department of Family and Protective Services, a CASA volunteer who advocated in a relative adoption case, an adoptive mother and more—as they speak on kinship adoption, the beauties and challenges of it, and how you can help.

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Watch Now! It Takes Family: An Online Community Forum on Kinship Adoption

In honor of September being National Kinship Care Month, we’re re-releasing our May 2021 online forum, It Takes Family. When a family is in crisis and a child must be removed from the home, the child can be placed in a foster home, group home or a group care facility—but by far, the preferred placement is with someone with whom … Read More

Have You Checked Out Our Learning Center?

Whether you’re a CASA volunteer, a caseworker, or just plain curious, Texas CASA’s Learning Center has something for you! If you’re interested in learning more about CASA, effective advocacy and the child welfare system in Texas, check out learn.texascasa.org. You’ll find e-learning courses, videos, guidebooks and more, about all things advocacy – from the courtroom, to the classroom, to the … Read More

Amplifying the Voices of Children & Families with the 3 Houses Tool

Real-life example of a completed Three Houses, used with permission from CASA Child Advocates of Montgomery County. The Three Houses tool is a tool we use in Collaborative Family Engagement (CFE) as a way to help a person articulate what is currently working well in their lives (House of Good Things), what they are worried about (House of Worries) and … Read More

Kick Off the 2021-22 School Year Right!

It’s officially back-to-school time! CASA volunteers can help make sure students in foster care have access to all the support and supplies they need to start the year off right. Read on for an overview of a few of the resources available to support young learners and their families. Educational Advocacy Guidebook Our Educational Advocacy Guidebook is full of useful guidance for … Read More

Understanding the Higher Rate of Poverty in the System with SPENT

On any given day, nearly one in five Texas children are living in poverty. Many of the children and families CASA serves are living at, or below, the poverty level. Children who are impoverished are more likely to come to the attention of the child protection system, even though abuse, neglect and crises can and do occur in families of … Read More