Texas CASA is continuing to work remotely through the end of May and until further notice, and recommends that local CASA programs and volunteers do the same. Should your program choose to reopen, we’ve published a resource to help guide the process. Please review these procedures and follow them, for the safety of staff, volunteers,… Read more »
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Important news, events & announcements from Texas CASA to help local CASA programs in their day to day responsibilities and functions. Below you will find all of the latest News & Updates articles – to browse other categories, return to the Inside CASA home page or use the navigation list in the right column.
Beginning June 1, learners will be required to enter a password to access the volunteer pre-service training materials on the Texas CASA Learning Center. The password will be the same for all learners: advocacy (all lowercase). We ask that program staff communicate this password to trainees once they have been accepted into pre-service training. Texas… Read more »
Over the past couple of months, we’ve been talking a lot about remote advocacy—volunteers connecting with children and families through video chat, testifying remotely, Zoom family meetings and so on. But there’s no question: effective remote operations have been just as critical during this time. In fact, we’ve been getting some wonderful stories from CASA… Read more »
On March 9, 2020, Texas CASA hosted the 2020 Child Welfare Primer: Changing Advocacy to Change Futures, where we brought together members of the statewide CASA and child welfare community in Austin to network and learn. This year’s Primer focused on outcomes and strategies for advocacy when it comes to two populations: infants in their… Read more »
On March 1, 2020, the Department of Family Protective Services (DFPS) released their Child Maltreatment Fatalities and Near Fatalities Annual Report for Fiscal Year 2019. The report found that there were 772 child abuse and neglect fatality investigations statewide. Of those, 235 were confirmed child abuse and neglect-related fatalities (an 11-percent increase from FY 2018)…. Read more »
We’re excited to welcome a new member to our Grants team! Brandi Goen, Grants Management Specialist, first got involved with CASA in early 2018 as a volunteer with CASA for Kids of East Texas in Tyler. After volunteering, Brandi fell in love with the CASA movement and knew she wanted to be a part of… Read more »
On Feb. 19-20, 2020, Texas CASA hosted the third Volunteer Power Unleashed Summit, an event specifically for volunteer recruiters. The year’s event, “Pursuit of the Peak,” gave recruiters the tools they need to recruit more dedicated and diverse volunteers to advocate for the best interest of children and families involved with the foster care system…. Read more »
Texas CASA would like to thank everyone who completed the Fiscal Year 2019 Texas CASA Annual Survey! This survey went out to Executive Directors, program staff and board members to gain a clearer picture of local CASA programs’ satisfaction with the services we provide. Please take the time to review the results in the FY… Read more »
The State of Texas has agreed to new workload guidelines for three different types of state employees working within the foster care system. While these guidelines are not hard caps, they represent the first step towards addressing the state’s high caseload issues. The guidelines are a result of rulings from the federal lawsuit against the… Read more »
By Vicki Spriggs Chief Executive Officer of Texas CASA As we head further into 2020, there are a lot of changes in front of us as a CASA network and a child welfare system as a whole. I have to be honest with you – I’m excited! While the prospect of change can be daunting, I’m… Read more »