Texas CASA is hosting a New Recruiter Orientation from Jan. 12-13 in Austin to share resources, tools and proven methods for volunteer recruitment, and to give new recruiters the chance to network and get hands-on assistance and recommendations from the Texas CASA Recruitment and Retention Team. This orientation is intended for anyone in your CASA program… Read more »
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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.
Children who are sexually aggressive and have sexual behavior problems need special attention, care and supervision, and DFPS has begun the process of implementing new procedures to better address these behaviors. As of Dec. 1, 2016, the Department is rolling out important changes that include indicating sexually aggressive behavior in the child’s case record, placement referral form, placement summary… Read more »
A frequent request from the CASA network pertains to more training opportunities and resources for local CASA program board of directors. Additionally, in our most recent annual survey, there was a request for regional trainings instead of only offering board trainings in Austin twice a year. With that in mind, Texas CASA has scheduled six Local Board… Read more »
The Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) has been working with Texas CASA and the Children’s Advocacy Centers of Texas to develop new guidelines regarding sexually aggressive behavior among children and youth in the Texas foster care system. Those new guidelines are rolling out statewide on Dec. 1, and it is important for CASA volunteers and… Read more »
Texas CASA is excited to share a new online training resource, Trauma-Informed Advocacy for Children and Youth in Foster Care, featuring Elizabeth Watkins, J.D., Regional Attorney for the Department of Family and Protective Services. Following the Trauma-Informed Care survey and report issued last year, Texas CASA, the Texas Children’s Commission and the Shield Ayers Foundation partnered… Read more »
Texas CASA is hosting a New Recruiter Orientation from Sept. 15-16 in Austin to share resources, tools and proven methods for volunteer recruitment, and to give new recruiters the chance to network and get hands-on assistance and recommendations from the Texas CASA Recruitment and Retention Team. This orientation is intended for anyone in your CASA… Read more »
Texas CASA is making some exciting changes to Texas CASA’s in-person training offerings for Fiscal Year 2017. Training Revamp First, we are in the process of revamping our trainings for trainers and supervisors: Mastering the Art of Training & Facilitation: In this training, novice/beginner trainers will be given the tools they need to jump right into… Read more »
The CASA College Training Team is bringing a one-day training to Gainesville on Wednesday, Sept. 14. This training will take place at the Landmark Conference Center (1110 E. California St., Gainesville, TX 76240) from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. The main audience is CASA Volunteer Supervisors, but the topics covered are applicable and relevant to all CASA staff…. Read more »
Deedra Baker, Program Operations & Resources Director, hosted a required webinar on background checks on Thursday, July 28. The webinar covered: The requirement for CASA programs to complete an internal audit for completed background checks in board, staff and volunteer files, and submit to Texas CASA by Aug. 31, 2016, How programs can get their national criminal… Read more »
This past year, the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) reporting process to the Texas A&M Public Policy Research Institute (PPRI) changed, causing some confusion in the CASA network on how to properly report. Many local CASA programs have expressed the need for more training on the process. Join Megan McIntire, Assistant Director of the PPRI, for a… Read more »