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Inside CASA is Texas CASA’s up-to-date source of training opportunities, best practices, tips, news and announcements, and more to help local CASA program staff and board members in their day-to-day operations and advocacy. Below you will find all of the latest articles – to browse by category, return to the Inside CASA home page or use the navigation list in the right column.

Conversations with CASA – Emily LeBlanc

Domestic violence plays a role in many child welfare cases, and it’s essential for CASA staff and volunteers to understand best practices for advocating for children and families involved in these cases. Emily LeBlanc with CASA of Travis County shares her expertise on how to work with survivors of abuse and be the best advocate… Read more »

Engaging Faith Communities with CASA on Stand Sunday

Stand Sunday is a great opportunity to connect with faith communities and share the CASA mission. Communities of faith across Texas and the globe have set Sunday, Nov. 10, aside to pray for children in the child welfare system. This year, Texas CASA has partnered with the Christian Alliance for Orphans (CAFO) and Child Protective… Read more »

November 2019 Social Media Calendar Available

We want to help you grow your social media presence! Texas CASA developed a November 2019 social media calendar with suggested Facebook and Twitter posts, photos and links. This calendar features a variety of content, such as motivational quotes, recruitment messaging, volunteer spotlights and statewide statistics. Depending on your needs, you can use the calendar content… Read more »

Texas CASA Welcomes Two New CFE Coaches

We’re excited to announce that we have added two new members to our Collaborative Family Engagement (CFE) team, Naomi Sawyer and Audrey Sherman! Naomi and Audrey will be working with local CASA programs, Child Protective Services (CPS) and other partners to continue implementing CFE across the state. Naomi Sawyer graduated from college in Oklahoma in… Read more »

Register for Compassion Fatigue Online Training

We invite you to join Texas CASA’s Volunteer Coaching and Advocacy team as they host a live online Zoom training at 12 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 18, 2019. This training, Compassion Fatigue for CASA Coaches, is focused on recognizing compassion fatigue in ourselves and others, and using appropriate tools when finding paths to wellness. Register… Read more »

Recommended Fund Development Board Questions Resource

Looking to have a conversation about your program’s financial resources before the end of the year, but not quite sure where to start? Download Recommended Fund Development Questions the Board Should Ask, and share this new resource with your board today! Download Resource If you need assistance or have any questions about this resource, please… Read more »

Free Online Options for In-Service Training

Texas CASA has released a list of the top online training opportunities that staff and volunteers can enroll in at the Texas CASA Learning Center. Follow the button below for 40 of the top resources in our database of 150+ courses, webinars and guides. VIEW TOP 40 TRAININGS The resources are sorted by: E-learning courses,… Read more »

Foster Youth Congressional Internship Program Accepting Applications

The Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute has opened applications for their 2020 Foster Youth Internship Program! The program, located in Washington, D.C., is open to youth who have been in the foster care system for at least 24 consecutive months and/or at least a total of 36 months. Additionally, applicants must be actively enrolled in… Read more »

Texas House Human Services Committee Holds First Interim Hearing

The Texas House Human Services Committee will meet on Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019, on the following: The Committee will review the processes and policies established by the Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) for receiving, investigating and adjudicating reports of child abuse, neglect and exploitation and oversight of those processes to ensure the highest… Read more »

Senate Interim Charges Announced

On Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019, the Lieutenant Governor as presiding officer of the Texas State Senate announced the 2019 Interim Legislative Charges that will be examined over the next several months. These charges are assigned to each Senate committee for review and consideration of legislative policy changes in the next legislative session. In relation to… Read more »