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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.

New Form to Report Concerns with Notification of COVID-19 Exposure

Texas CASA has been made aware of over 30 child placement facilities statewide that have reported exposure to, or active cases of, COVID-19. CASA volunteers should be informed if a youth they serve is impacted, per DFPS protocol. To ensure CASA is being informed of cases and exposure in a timely manner, Texas CASA has… Read more »

Texas CASA Visits to Programs

In light of the unpredictable course of COVID-19, Texas CASA will continue to prioritize the safety of the CASA network by holding all Texas CASA events, meetings and program assistance online. We have tentatively established Spring of 2021 as our possible return to in-person services, subject to the ongoing changes of the pandemic. Please, as… Read more »

Courtesy CASA Visits in Greater Houston Area Will Continue in FY 2021

Our Courtesy CASA program provides trained CASAs to visit children who are placed far away and are in need of an in-person visit that their volunteer cannot currently provide. With the majority of Courtesy CASA requests concentrating in the greater Houston area, we are renewing a Courtesy CASA contract with the Rosenberg program, Child Advocates… Read more »

Legislative Priorities for the 87th Legislative Session

With your input, we have finalized our Legislative Priorities for the 87th Legislative Session. The Priorities touch on a multitude of issues affecting CASA, the child welfare system and the children and families we serve, including: CASA and CFE’s annual legislative funding, Keeping families safely together, Elevating youth and family voice, Addressing disproportionality and disparities,… Read more »

Legislative Advocacy Trainings Leading Up to the Session

In lieu of an in-person Legislative Advocacy Team (LAT) Retreat, our Public Policy team will be hosting monthly webinars. These virtual events will start in September, and continue up until session. We are hopeful that the digital format will allow for broad participation for the LATs as well as those programs considering starting their own… Read more »

Hopes for the New Year – A VCA Virtual Happy Hour

Bring your party hats and help the Volunteer Coaching & Advocacy (VCA) team ring in the new fiscal year as they host a live Zoom networking happy hour at 12 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 31, 2020. LEARN MORE & REGISTER BACK TO INSIDE CASA HOME PAGE

Coming This Fall.. We’re Redesigning Our Website!

We’ve been hard at work on a complete redesign of TexasCASA.org! Highlights include: A new, clean look and updated messaging; A simplified navigation; A refresh of BecomeACASA.org, our volunteer page; and A Program Portal where CASA staff and board members can easily find the internal resources they need! Coming this fall. Stay tuned for more… Read more »

Watch & Share Dallas CASA’s New Short Film: I Stopped Counting

“For me, I was 10 years old when I first was exploited and I was in a place of transition going from home to home. I stopped counting after 14 placements.” The majority of youth lured into sex trafficking have been in foster care. More than half are under 14. Dallas CASA’s new short film… Read more »

Reminder of Upcoming Grant Deadlines

With FY 2020 coming to a close and FY 2021 beginning, it can be hard to keep all the Texas CASA grant deadlines straight. To make things easier, we’ve compiled a list of all the upcoming deadlines: FY 2021 Grant Application Deadlines: CVC Application: July 31 (passed) CVC Growth Applications: Aug. 7 (passed) VOCA Application:… Read more »

National CASA/GAL Launches DEI Learning Center

National CASA/GAL has created a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Learning Center, which is available on their Member Portal. This learning center offers resources on racial, Latinx and LGBTQ+ diversity and inclusion, including webinars and trainings, books, films, videos, podcasts, articles, research and organizations. CHECK IT OUT BACK TO INSIDE CASA HOME PAGE