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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.

CASA of Hill County Texas Established as 72nd CASA Program

CASA of Hill County Texas, based in Hillsboro, has been officially established as the 72nd CASA program in Texas. Previously served by another CASA program, Hill County’s children and youth in foster care have a newly established, independent program waiting to advocate for them. The effort to create an independent program in Hill County started… Read more »

Texas CASA Partner Care2Rock Wins Award for Innovation

Care2Rock recently won The Inno Blazer award given by Austin Inno! This award honors start-up companies for their excellence in innovation. Care2Rock, a Texas CASA partner, provides free music lessons to children in foster care ages 7 and up. Lessons are given via video conference by a screened professional musician. Care2Rock pairs teachers with individual… Read more »

DFPS Releases 2018 Disproportionality Analysis

DFPS just released their FY 2018 Disproportionality Analysis, which among other things states that African American children are substantially more likely to be reported, investigated and removed than Anglo American children. Excerpt below, emphasis ours: “Based on statewide data collected in FY2018, African American children are 1.7 times more likely to be reported than Anglo… Read more »

House Human Services Committee Holding Interim Hearing

The House Human Services Committee will be holding an interim hearing on Tuesday, Oct. 23, at 9 a.m. The committee will be discussing the implementation of several major child welfare bills passed during the 85th Legislative Session. For more information, see the hearing notice. Viewers can live stream the hearing here. BACK TO INSIDE CASA HOME PAGE

Texas Judge Strikes Down Federal Indian Child Welfare Act

The Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) was enacted by Congress with the purpose to promote the stability and security of Indian tribes and families. It is now in jeopardy of being overturned. Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton argues that the law unlawfully “elevates a child’s race over their best interest.” Learn more in this Texas Tribune… Read more »

Education of Children & Youth Placed in Residential Treatment Round Table Report

In late 2017, the Special Education Workgroup of the Children’s Commission’s Foster Care and Education Committee designated as a top priority the educational needs of students placed in Residential Treatment Centers (RTCs) while under the conservatorship of DFPS. On April 18, 2018, the Children’s Commission convened a round table meeting to focus on this issue…. Read more »

International Student Foundation: Scholarships, Mentoring & Leadership Training

International Student Foundation (ISF) is a private, charitable organization, which helps youth who have been orphaned or aged out of foster care pursue a college education. ISF helps youth aging out of foster care attend college and succeed by helping provide: Scholarships to ease the financial burden of attending college Mentors to help them navigate… Read more »

Celebrating the Programs Serving 100% of Children in Care

It is the goal of the CASA network to grow to provide a CASA volunteer for every child in the Texas foster care system, and the local programs across the state are working hard to make this goal a reality. Texas CASA would like to specially recognize the programs that are currently serving 100 percent… Read more »

Cultural Considerations: Health Equity, Race & Place

Healthiest Communities recently released an analysis which measured race and ethnicity in relation to overall community health and well-being, and found that living in a community that is more heavily black or Hispanic means an unhealthy life is more likely than for those living in a mostly white community. The analysis was recently covered by… Read more »

November 2018 Social Media Calendar & Images Available

In the effort to assist CASA programs in growing their social media presence, Texas CASA has developed a November 2018 social media calendar with suggested Facebook and Twitter content, complete with accompanying photos and links. This calendar features a variety of generalized content, such as motivational quotes, recruitment messaging, volunteer spotlights and statewide statistics. Depending on your CASA… Read more »