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Find in-person & online training opportunities provided through Texas CASA’s CASA College to further the education of the CASA network in Texas. Below you will find all of the latest CASA College articles – to browse other categories, return to the Inside CASA home page or use the navigation list in the right column.

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 »

Announcing Texas CASA’s New Blended Curriculum for Pre-Service Training!

Texas CASA is thrilled to unveil our new Blended Curriculum for Pre-Service Training. Designed to provide a more flexible option for programs that aren’t able to facilitate each of the required eight sessions of pre-service training in person, this new blended curriculum for pre-service training allows programs to split learners’ time evenly between classroom sessions and highly… Read more »

Legislative Advocacy Teams Webinar Series

In lieu of our usual Legislative Advocacy Team (LAT) Retreat, Texas CASA is conducting monthly webinars leading up to the 87th Legislative Session. These webinars will touch on CASA legislative advocacy topics – from our legislative priorities to the nuts and bolts of what LATs do during session. REGISTER FOR THE WEBINAR SERIES Each webinar will be… Read more »

Health Advocacy Webinar Sept. 30

Texas CASA is thrilled to release the newly developed Health Advocacy Guide for CASA staff and volunteers to learn more about how they can work with caregivers to support the medical and behavioral health needs of children and youth in care. In addition to the guide, Texas CASA’s Public Policy Fellow Bryan Mares is hosting… Read more »

National CASA/GAL 2020 Virtual Conference

On Oct. 20-21, National CASA GAL Association for Children is hosting their 2020 Virtual Conference. LEARN MORE & REGISTER Through carefully curated sessions and institutes, conference attendees will: Reconnect with peer-to-peer engagement. Recharge through professional development opportunities and best practice sharing. Reignite their passion for service. This year’s conference will feature prominent speakers, dynamic sessions… Read more »

New Training for CASA Board Treasurers!

Board treasurers provide critical support for the financial management of the organization and set a tone of integrity for the agency. Texas CASA is proud to present this dynamic ten-minute training, Keys to the Board Treasurer Role, on the six key aspects of the board treasurer role within local CASA programs. TAKE THE TRAINING Learn… Read more »

Legislative Advocacy Trainings Leading Up to the Session

In lieu of an in-person Legislative Advocacy Team (LAT) Retreat, our Public Policy team will be hosting monthly webinars. These virtual events will start in September, and continue up until session. We are hopeful that the digital format will allow for broad participation for the LATs as well as those programs considering starting their own… Read more »

Hopes for the New Year – A VCA Virtual Happy Hour

Bring your party hats and help the Volunteer Coaching & Advocacy (VCA) team ring in the new fiscal year as they host a live Zoom networking happy hour at 12 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 31, 2020. LEARN MORE & REGISTER BACK TO INSIDE CASA HOME PAGE

Catch Up on Conversations with CASA

Conversations with CASA explores current issues and trends affecting child welfare, children and families in foster care and the CASA network. In the most recently released episode (recorded in March) CPS Disproportionality Manager Tanya Rollins sat down with CEO Vicki Spriggs to talk about BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) families. In addition to being… Read more »

Volunteer Coaching & Advocacy (VCA) Regional Training Is Going Virtual!

We are bringing our fourth and last Volunteer Coaching & Advocacy Regional Training for 2020 to your screens! The VCA team is going virtual with Model, Practice, Apply & Repeat — our training specifically created for program staff who work directly with advocates. In addition, join the VCA team for this month’s Zoom call, Coaching… Read more »