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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.

Texas CASA Welcomes Data Administrator

Texas CASA is pleased to welcome Suzanne Alston to our Administration team as our Data Administrator! Suzanne will be working with the local programs and Texas CASA departments on using the online data manager as well as assisting our Data and Research Manager. She has a bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M, a master’s degree from Iowa… Read more »

Utilizing Texas CASA’s MOU with the Consulates of Mexico

In 2016, Texas CASA CEO Vicki Spriggs signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Consulates of Mexico in Texas and Texas CASA regarding the mutual collaboration in cases of Mexican minors or children of Mexican origin who are in the custody of Texas Child Protective Services. The goal of the MOU is to help every… Read more »

Children’s Commission Releases Blueprint on Trauma-Informed Care in Texas

The Texas Children’s Commission released a new report designed to provide a roadmap on how to build a trauma-informed child welfare system in Texas. Entitled Building a Trauma-Informed Child Welfare System: A Blueprint, it represents the vision of the Statewide Collaborative on Trauma-Informed Care (SCTIC) which included more than 100 members working in four workgroups… Read more »

Clergy, CASA & Community: Faith-based Volunteer Recruitment

This article is the second in a series focused on our faith-based volunteer recruitment initiative – Clergy, CASA, and Community. One of the most important things we have learned through our four discovery meetings is the diversity of cultures that a recruiter might find in church communities. We asked faith leaders some questions about how… Read more »

Scholarship Opportunity for Former Foster Youth

Akerman LLP and National CASA are excited to announce the application process is now open for the fourth annual Akerman Academic Excellence Scholarship Award. As part of Akerman’s $1 million pledge to National CASA, an endowment fund was created to support the Akerman Academic Excellence Scholarship. This program is designed to help young adults who… Read more »

2019 Texas Regional Fatherhood Summits

The annual Texas Fatherhood Summit hosted by the Child and Family Research Partnership at The University of Texas at Austin LBJ School of Public Affairs and the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services Prevention and Early Intervention Division brings together public and private sector professionals who seek research-based best practices and innovations to best support dad, mom, and their… Read more »

March 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 »

The 86th Legislature Begins Budget Bill Hearings

The House Appropriations Committee convened on Jan. 30, 2019. Invited testimony from the legislative Budget Board was heard regarding a number of issues. View the recorded hearing. The Senate Finance Committee, chaired by Sen. Nelson, meets on Tuesday, Feb. 5, at 9 a.m. to take invited testimony relating to the Health and Human Services Commission… Read more »

February 2019 Social Media Calendar & Images Available

In the effort to assist CASA programs in growing their social media presence, Texas CASA has developed a February 2019 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 »

Free Praesidium Abuse Prevention Trainings

Based on the very positive feedback Texas CASA received from local CASA programs who have had the opportunity to attend Praesidium’s training on abuse prevention; policies and practices to safeguard your program, we are excited to announce that Texas CASA has arranged for one individual from each program who has not previously participated in this… Read more »