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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.

May Media Release Template Now Available

Texas CASA aims to provide regular media release templates that local CASA programs can use to raise awareness for CASA in their communities. These templates focus on specific events or holidays that programs can leverage around recruitment. We are currently in the process of updating all of our past monthly media release templates to be… Read more »

Cultural Considerations: Blue Sunday & Inclusivity

April 28, 2019, is Blue Sunday – a day where congregations all over the U.S. pray for the victims of child abuse and those who care for them. This day, observed on the last Sunday of Child Abuse Prevention Month every year, is a great opportunity for CASA programs to connect with local communities of faith…. Read more »

TNOYS 36th Annual Conference – CASA Discount!

Texas Network of Youth Services (TNOYS) is hosting its 36th Annual Conference on Services to Youth and Families from June 25-28 in Houston. The event brings together stakeholders in youth services from across Texas to collaborate on best practices, receive training and support, learn from each other and ultimately strengthen services to youth. The conference will… Read more »

Education Reach for Texans’ 10th Annual Conference

Education Reach for Texans seeks to eliminate barriers to success and build support programs for alumni of foster care attending public colleges and universities in the state of Texas. The organization is holding its 10th Annual Conference: Road Rules – Charting the Course to Graduation, on June 6-7 in Austin. The event will be hosted… Read more »

From the CEO: Family Seeing, Justice Doing & Dignity Giving

“It is time for all of us who work with these children and families [in the child welfare system] to embrace these gray areas, rather than keeping things black and white; welcome the ‘messiness’ of family dynamics; and dive in headfirst to the practices of engaging the family and supporters to build a true community… Read more »

New Online Storefront for Training Materials!

Texas CASA is thrilled to announce the launch of an online storefront where your training team can order copies of the Texas CASA Volunteer Pre-Service Training Manual directly from our printer. These are easy-to-handle and spiral-bound, and will ship straight to your program within 7-8 business days of ordering. Each CASA program’s Executive Director should… Read more »

LATs Make CASA’s Voice Heard During 86th Session

The work days at the Texas Capitol are getting longer and bills are moving more quickly. CASA Legislative Advocacy Teams (LATs) are making their voices heard in the legislative process by emailing and meeting with their legislators, and testifying before committees that are hearing bills that relate to CASA. If, as they say, all politics… Read more »

Update on CASA Funding

The Appropriations Bill, House Bill 1, is entering the final stages of negotiation. The House and Senate have each passed their proposed budgets. This week, conference committee members were appointed and have begun the hard work of reconciling those two budget proposals. The Texas House of Representatives and the Senate Finance Committee have approved additional… Read more »

Awareness & Fundraising Opportunity: Friday’s Child Film

The SXSW 2018 Film Festival Official Selection Friday’s Child is hosting premiere screenings in theatres all across the U.S. on May 7-8.  Based on the realities of aging out of foster care, Friday’s Child follows a young man drifting through life who turns to petty crime to survive. As one of 20,000 foster youth who are no… Read more »

Texas CASA Hosts Powerful Meeting with LGBTQ & LGBTQ-Affirming Clergy

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 »