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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.

December & January Media Release Templates 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 »

December 2018 Social Media Calendar & Images Available

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

2018 Child Protection Law Bench Book

The Children’s Commission publishes a Texas Child Protection Law Bench Book which outlines the state and federal statutory requirements for judges handling child protection cases, and includes topical sections and checklists. The Bench Book is updated annually, and was recently revised to include updates to all topical chapters. New sections on best interest, burden of proof required… Read more »

DFPS Publishes Several Reports, Including PAL Reform Workgroup Report

Over the last few weeks, DFPS has released several legislatively required reports, from the Progressive Intervention and Contingency Plans for Community Based Care, to the Plan to Standardize the Preparation for Adult Living (PAL) Curriculum. These reports meet legislative requirements and some of them will be used to inform the legislature about needed reforms. You… Read more »

Attorney General’s Opinion Sought on Court Standards on Parental Rights

House Corrections Committee Chair James White recently requested an Attorney General’s Opinion on standards courts apply when balancing the rights of the State against the fundamental rights of parents to raise their children free from government intrusion. Attorney General’s Opinions are a formal process that is outlined in sections 402.042 and 402.043 of the Texas Government… Read more »

Clergy, CASA & Community: Working with the DFPS Faith-Based Team

We are excited about all that we are learning through the progress of our faith-based volunteer recruitment initiative Clergy, CASA and Community, and are committed to giving our network the most up-to-date info on our discovery process. This is the first in a new series of articles that are intended to answer your FAQs about… Read more »

Brand New Publication, Journal of Foster Care, Issues Call for Papers

The Journal of Foster Care (JFC) – launched by a CASA volunteer advocate with CASA of the South Plains – is a brand-new, peer-reviewed, open-access, online publication dedicated to the dissemination of quality scholarly works encompassing all areas of foster care, kinship care, and other non-parental custodial environments in the United States. As the only… Read more »

True Colors Fellowship

Applications for the 2019 True Colors Fellowship program are now open! The True Colors Fellowship offers up to five young people ages 18-24 the unique opportunity to execute a six-month project that contributes to a more inclusive world in which lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender, queer, and questioning (LGBTQ) young people are included and affirmed… Read more »

FY 2019 Q1 Performance Measures Due Friday, Dec. 7

Performance Measures for the first quarter of Fiscal Year 2019 are due by the close of business on Friday, Dec. 7, 2018. TWO forms are required: Beginning of the Fiscal Year form: These are counts as of Sept. 1, 2018. Quarter 1 form: Includes only cases opened during the quarter itself. When the forms are complete,… Read more »

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