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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.

Engage Faith Communities in Praying for Children on Stand Sunday!

On Nov. 8, 2020, faith communities across the state of Texas are invited to pray for children and families involved in the foster care system. Called Stand Sunday, this initiative is sponsored by Christian Alliance for Orphans (CAFO). Child Protection Services (CPS) has agreed to release the first names and ages of children in foster… Read more »

National CASA/GAL Webinar: Interview & Screening Tips

Join National CASA/GAL for this webinar on Nov. 12, from 3-4:30 p.m. Central time. Impactful engagement relies on finding the best match between your program’s needs and the skills and interests of prospective volunteers. This webinar will explore the elements of a volunteer screening process and best practices for interviewing volunteers, employing behavioral interviewing techniques,… Read more »

Preview of Revamped BecomeACASA.org Website!

Over the past few months, we’ve been working hard on a complete redesign of TexasCASA.org! Highlights include: A new, clean look and updated messaging; A simplified navigation; A refresh of BecomeACASA.org, our volunteer page; and A Program Portal where CASA staff and board members can easily find the internal resources they need. Check out some… Read more »

New-&-Improved Texas CASA Website Launching Soon!

Over the past few months, we’ve been working hard on a complete redesign of TexasCASA.org! Highlights include: A new, clean look and updated messaging; A simplified navigation; A refresh of BecomeACASA.org, our volunteer page; and A Program Portal where CASA staff and board members can easily find the internal resources they need. Check out some… Read more »

Statewide COVID-19 Update: Standards Waivers Extended & IdentoGO Centers

Texas CASA has two updates to share with the CASA network regarding operations and advocacy during the pandemic: Standards Waivers Extended Through January 2021 During their September 2020 meeting, the Texas CASA Board of Directors determined that the three waivers established in response to COVID-19 will remain in place through at least January 2021. They… Read more »

Complete National CASA/GAL Satisfaction Survey for Texas CASA’s Review Process

Your program should have received an email earlier this month from National CASA/GAL Association requesting your participation in a short satisfaction survey. The survey opened Oct. 5 as part of National CASA/GAL’s quality review of Texas CASA, known as their Highly Effective Standards Review Process (HESRP) for state CASA/GAL organizations. The HESRP is a comprehensive… Read more »

New Podcast Episode: Advocating for Youth with Disabilities

How can CASA volunteers skillfully advocate for youth with disabilities? On this episode of CASA on the Go, we’re joined by Heidi Lersch, Educator and Training Coordinator, and Rashid Amrani-Khaldi, Community Engagement Specialist, with The SAFE Alliance’s Disability Services – sharing strategies for how CASA volunteers can work to identify and promote protective factors that… Read more »

DFPS Releases Strategic Plan for the Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA)

Skip to a specific section of this summary: Background on the FFPSA | What the DFPS Strategic Plan Tells Us | What’s Next? The Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) released its strategic plan for the Federal Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA) in September 2020. The plan outlines options available to the legislature and ways DFPS plans… Read more »

Conversations with CASA – The upEND Movement

This episode of Conversations with CASA features Kristen Weber, Director of Equity, Inclusion, and Justice at the Center for the Study of Social Policy, and Alan J. Dettlaff, Dean of the Graduate College of Social Work at the University of Houston, who co-lead the newly launched upEND movement. The upEND movement is a grassroots advocacy… Read more »

New Distinguished Speaker Series Launches Oct. 29

Texas CASA is excited to launch the Distinguished Speakers Series, a new, advocacy-focused learning opportunity for the CASA network and other community partners involved in the child welfare system. The multi-part series will feature high-caliber speakers sharing their expertise on topics and issues impacting the child welfare system and how we can all enhance our… Read more »