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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.

REGISTER NOW for the 2019 Texas CASA Conference!

More than 400 members of the CASA community have already registered to join us for the 2019 Texas CASA Conference: 30 Year Jubilee. Will we see you there? REGISTER NOW We only turn 30 once, so we’re making this celebration count! Check out just a few of the things we have in store for you:… Read more »

Collaborative Family Engagement (CFE) Expands to 10 More CASA Programs

Texas CASA is excited to announce that in Fiscal Year 2020, year five of Collaborative Family Engagement (CFE), we will be expanding into 10 more CASA programs across the state! This means CFE will be practiced by a total of 41 local CASA programs and their local CPS – representing about 100 Texas counties and… Read more »

Conversations with CASA – Vicki Spriggs

In celebration of Texas CASA’s birthday month, we switched Conversations with CASA up for July by having Chief Communications Officer Leslie Morton interview CEO Vicki Spriggs. In the interview, Spriggs and Morton talk about past successes, where we are heading as an organization and network, and how The CASA Way is leading us forward. Conversations… Read more »

DFPS Releases Foster Care Needs Assessment & Rider 21 Report

The Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) has released the required Foster Care Needs Assessment and the “Rider 21” annual performance evaluation on Community-Based Care (CBC). Learn more about each report below. Foster Care Needs Assessment The Foster Care Needs Assessment is released each year in accordance with state law. DFPS data is extrapolated… Read more »

From the CEO: Laying the Foundation for Children’s Academic Success

By Vicki Spriggs Chief Executive Officer of Texas CASA For The CASA Voice – July 2019 Edition It’s the first day of school, and Noah’s teacher asks for volunteers to come up to the front of class and share their favorite stories from summer vacation. Hand after eager hand shoots up high in the air, and… Read more »

CASA Deep Dive: Normalcy for Children & Youth in Foster Care

In this CASA Deep Dive, we’re diving into normalcy for children in foster care: what it is, why it’s important, some of the barriers to achieving it, and what advocates can do to help overcome these barriers and give kids a more normal childhood and experience while they’re in the system. What Is Normalcy? Under 26… Read more »

Registration for the 2019 Texas CASA Conference Opens Aug. 14

The 2019 Texas CASA Conference: 30 Year Jubilee registration opens next week on Wednesday, Aug. 14, at 10:00 a.m. central time. Mark your calendars, and get ready to secure your spot for our best conference yet! To help make your registration experience as easy as possible, we’ve put together a few helpful tips. Helpful Tips… Read more »

Texas CASA Welcomes Chief Finance & Administration Officer

We’re pleased to welcome Steve Raich to our staff as our Chief Finance and Administration Officer! In this role, Steve will supervise our Administration team and all of the administrative functions that support the accomplishment of Texas CASA’s mission, including finance, operations, data management, grant management, risk management and human resources. Steve began his career… Read more »

Dallas CASA Holds Successful African American Recruitment Event

Dallas CASA recently held an African American-targeted recruitment event in an effort to increase the African American makeup of their volunteer base. Currently the makeup of children served by Dallas CASA is 40% African American, while only 18% of their volunteers are African American. It’s important that CASA volunteers reflect the diversity of the children… Read more »