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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.

September 2019 Social Media Calendar & Images Available

We want to help you grow your social media presence! Texas CASA developed a September 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 »

September 2019 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 »

REGISTER NOW for the 2019 Texas CASA Conference!

More than 400 members of the CASA community have already registered to join us for the 2019 Texas CASA Conference: 30 Year Jubilee. Will we see you there? REGISTER NOW We only turn 30 once, so we’re making this celebration count! Check out just a few of the things we have in store for you:… Read more »

NOW AVAILABLE: Updated Online Core Advocacy Skills Training

We are thrilled to share that the Online Core Advocacy Skills Training (OCAST) e-learning course has been updated and the new version is now live on our learning center! OCAST is an interactive e-learning course focused on demystifying how a case moves through the child welfare system, with modules taking learners through each legal stage… Read more »

Quarter 4 Performance Measures Due Friday, Sept. 13, 2019

Don’t forget – Performance Measures for Fiscal Year 2019 Quarter 4 are due Friday, Sept. 13, 2019. This is an extension of the previously announced date. Please create, fill in, save and submit two forms in the Online Data Manager: Quarter 4 form Cases and children added during Quarter 4 Volunteers newly assigned (for the fiscal year) during Quarter 4 End… Read more »

Free Two-Day Learning Retreat in Dallas on Infants & Toddlers

First 3 Years, an organization dedicated to advancing the healthy development of infants, toddlers and their families, will be hosting The Texas Cross Site Learning Retreat on Infants and Toddlers on Oct. 10-11 in Dallas. Register Here This learning retreat is free to attend. Hotel accommodations are available for the Hyatt Place Dallas, with rooms… Read more »

Federal Appeals Court Overturns Ruling Against Indian Child Welfare Act

A three judge panel of the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans overturned a lower court ruling that declared the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) unconstitutional. ICWA is a 1978 federal law that established a preference for Native American children to remain with their families or other recognized members of their tribe. The original… Read more »

Collaborative Family Engagement (CFE) Expands to 10 More CASA Programs

Texas CASA is excited to announce that in Fiscal Year 2020, year five of Collaborative Family Engagement (CFE), we will be expanding into 10 more CASA programs across the state! This means CFE will be practiced by a total of 41 local CASA programs and their local CPS – representing about 100 Texas counties and… Read more »

Conversations with CASA – Vicki Spriggs

In celebration of Texas CASA’s birthday month, we switched Conversations with CASA up for July by having Chief Communications Officer Leslie Morton interview CEO Vicki Spriggs. In the interview, Spriggs and Morton talk about past successes, where we are heading as an organization and network, and how The CASA Way is leading us forward. Conversations… Read more »

Standards Spotlight: CEO Succession Planning

Texas CASA’s Standards for Local CASA/GAL Programs are the operational rules and minimum requirements that serve as the foundation of successful programs. In an effort to support local CASA programs using these standards to determine both necessary policy and effective practices, Texas CASA will now provide a monthly Standards Spotlight in Inside CASA. This month’s… Read more »