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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.

Children’s Commission Releases Report on Normalcy

On Jan. 18, 2019, the Texas Supreme Court Children’s Commission hosted a Normalcy Roundtable featuring over 50 participants, including representatives from the CASA network and Texas CASA. The purpose of the roundtable was to discuss the importance of normalcy, barriers to normalcy, and opportunities that exist in the Texas child welfare system to ensure that… Read more »

Texas Regional Fatherhood Summit — Two Dates Remaining

Texas DFPS and The University of Texas at Austin are hosting two more Texas Regional Fatherhood Summits, one located in Dallas and another in Lubbock. The Texas Regional Fatherhood Summits are for professionals who engage with and/or impact policies about fathers and families, including local policymakers and agencies, researchers, and representatives from parent and family… Read more »

86th Legislative Session Wrap-Up

Now that the 86th Texas Legislative Session has adjourned, our Public Policy team will be working hard during the interim to continue to improve the system for young people in care, and to prepare for next session. Catch up on all things CASA and child welfare that happened this session: 86th Session #CASADeepDive CASA and… Read more »

CASA of McLennan County Begins Work on New Headquarters

CASA of McLennan County recently launched a fundraising campaign to complete renovations on the organization’s new headquarters. Located in the former home of the Mount Zion United Methodist church, CASA of McLennan County will transform the 5,000-square-foot space into a beautiful, spacious new office. CASA of McLennan County hopes to raise $750,000 to complete the… Read more »

Browse Resources from Sesame Street in Communities

The Sesame Street in Communities initiative was created to help parents, caregivers, providers and others who work with children and families deal with real-life, sometimes-tough topics such as: foster care, dealing with traumatic experiences, exploring emotions, health and hygiene, and much more. Sesame Street in Communities builds on Sesame Street’s almost 50-year commitment to addressing… Read more »

DFPS Releases Request for Information (RFI) for Community-Based Care

DFPS released a Request for Information (RFI) for Community-Based Care on May 31, 2019. The purpose of the RFI is to gather information to further inform how Texas implements Community-Based Care, specifically related to the existing catchment boundaries. The RFI is posted on the Electronic State Business Daily website, and the deadline to submit a… Read more »

CFE Receives National CASA Promising Practices Award

Texas CASA is proud to announce that Collaborative Family Engagement (CFE) was honored with the National CASA Association’s 2019 Promising Practices Award! Texas CASA CFE Director Candice Dosman accepted the award at the Awards of Excellence Gala during the National CASA Conference on the evening of Monday, June 3. In her acceptance remarks, she thanked… Read more »

Cultural Considerations: Resources & Continuing Education for LGBTQ Pride Month

It’s LGBTQ Pride Month! This month-long observance celebrates the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community, and is held in June of each year to commemorate the 1969 Stonewall riots – a major turning point for the Gay Liberation Movement in the United States. LGBTQ youth are overrepresented in the foster care system, both in… Read more »

Texas CASA Honored as Innovator in Supporting & Serving LGBTQ Youth & Families

Texas CASA is proud to announce that we have received the All Children – All Families (ACAF) Seal of Recognition as a 2019 “Innovator in Supporting and Serving LGBTQ Youth & Families”! This seal is awarded to child welfare organizations that demonstrate a commitment to supporting and serving lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ)… Read more »

Reminder: Quarter 3 Performance Measures Due June 7

Don’t forget – Performance Measures for Fiscal Year 2019 Quarter 3 are due Friday, June 7, 2019. Reporting includes: Quarter 3 cases and children added, and Volunteers newly assigned (for the fiscal year) during Quarter 3. Please create, fill in, save and submit a form in the Online Data Manager. Note: Data cannot be changed after… Read more »