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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.

Conversations with CASA – Emily LeBlanc

Domestic violence plays a role in many child welfare cases, and it’s essential for CASA staff and volunteers to understand best practices for advocating for children and families involved in these cases. Emily LeBlanc with CASA of Travis County shares her expertise on how to work with survivors of abuse and be the best advocate… Read more »

Texas CASA Welcomes Two New CFE Coaches

We’re excited to announce that we have added two new members to our Collaborative Family Engagement (CFE) team, Naomi Sawyer and Audrey Sherman! Naomi and Audrey will be working with local CASA programs, Child Protective Services (CPS) and other partners to continue implementing CFE across the state. Naomi Sawyer graduated from college in Oklahoma in… Read more »

Recruiters, Save the Date! Volunteer Power Unleashed Summit, Feb. 19-20, 2020

CASA recruiters, mark your calendars – Texas CASA’s third Volunteer Power Unleashed Summit will take place in San Antonio on Feb. 19-20, 2020. This year’s theme, Pursuit of the Peak, will help you climb to the top of the recruitment mountain to attract quality advocates to serve the children in Texas. Please save the date, and… Read more »

From the CEO: Past, Present & Future

By Vicki Spriggs Chief Executive Officer of Texas CASA Normally I reserve these posts for my present thoughts, but seeing as I haven’t quite come down from the high of our 30th Anniversary conference, I think I’ll start with a little reflection. When Jane Quentan Piper founded Texas CASA back in 1989, our original purpose was… Read more »

New DFPS Commissioner Announced

On Wednesday, Oct. 9, Gov. Greg Abbott announced Jaime Masters of Kansas City, Missouri as the newly appointed Commissioner of the Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS). She is currently the acting Chief of Health Services and Acting Chief of Operations for Jackson County, Missouri, and has served as Deputy Secretary of Family Services… Read more »

Foster Care Federal Lawsuit Update – October 2019

Last week, Judge Janis Jack of Corpus Christi criticized the Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) for being slow to implement the terms of the court ruling regarding improvements to the child welfare system in Texas. You may recall that in December 2015, Judge Jack issued a broad ruling with a number of measures… Read more »

Changes in Data Reporting: Percent of Children with Volunteers

This is a reminder that Performance Measures are changing from reporting on cases with volunteers to direct reporting of counts of children with volunteers. Beginning in Fiscal Year 2020, your program will report counts of Children with Volunteers and Children Served by Staff. These counts are used to calculate the Percent of Children with Volunteers… Read more »

Stand Sunday: Faith Communities Support Children in Care with Prayer

On Nov. 10, 2019, churches 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 of children in foster care for this… Read more »

Texas CASA Community-Based Care Guide Now Available, Webinar Today!

Texas CASA is proud to release our Guide to Community-Based Care in Texas. This guide provides basic information about the move to the new model of service delivery based on regional nonprofit contractors who will assume many of the powers and duties performed by the Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) and Child Protective… Read more »

Last Chance: Complete FY 2019 Annual Survey for Chance to Win Prizes

Texas CASA is seeking feedback from Executive Directors, CASA program staff and local CASA program board members regarding our Fiscal Year 2019 services, responses and initiatives through the FY 2019 Annual Program Survey. In an effort to receive feedback from as many individuals as possible, we have extended the deadline to complete the survey to Friday, Oct…. Read more »