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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.

Guidance on Returning to Workplaces & Social Distancing During COVID-19

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 »

Online Pre-Service Materials To Be Password Protected June 1, 2020

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 »

CASA Programs Keep the Mission Moving Forward, Digitally

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 »

DFPS Releases Annual Child Fatalities & Near Fatalities Report

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 »

Texas CASA Welcomes Grants Management Specialist

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 »

Recruiters Reach the Peak at the Volunteer Power Unleashed Summit

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 »

Read the Results of Texas CASA’s Annual Satisfaction Survey

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 »

Texas Agrees to New Workload Guidelines for Foster Care Workers

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 »

A Message from Our CEO – New Year. New Opportunities.

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 »