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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.

CASA of McLennan County Begins Work on New Headquarters

CASA of McLennan County recently launched a fundraising campaign to complete renovations on the organization’s new headquarters. Located in the former home of the Mount Zion United Methodist church, CASA of McLennan County will transform the 5,000-square-foot space into a beautiful, spacious new office. CASA of McLennan County hopes to raise $750,000 to complete the… Read more »

CFE Receives National CASA Promising Practices Award

Texas CASA is proud to announce that Collaborative Family Engagement (CFE) was honored with the National CASA Association’s 2019 Promising Practices Award! Texas CASA CFE Director Candice Dosman accepted the award at the Awards of Excellence Gala during the National CASA Conference on the evening of Monday, June 3. In her acceptance remarks, she thanked… Read more »

Texas CASA Honored as Innovator in Supporting & Serving LGBTQ Youth & Families

Texas CASA is proud to announce that we have received the All Children – All Families (ACAF) Seal of Recognition as a 2019 “Innovator in Supporting and Serving LGBTQ Youth & Families”! This seal is awarded to child welfare organizations that demonstrate a commitment to supporting and serving lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ)… Read more »

Conversations with CASA – Judge John Specia

To wrap up National Foster Care Month, Texas CASA CEO Vicki Spriggs sits down with former Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) Commissioner Judge John Specia to discuss the changes he has seen in the foster care system over the last few years and what steps still need to take place. Judge Specia… Read more »

From the CEO: In the Spirit of Summer

“As advocates, we spend plenty of time talking about children’s needs – but what about what they want? What are some little things you can do to brighten their summer?” Read the latest from Texas CASA CEO Vicki Spriggs as she discusses the importance of normalcy (and fun!) for children and youth, especially those in… Read more »

DFPS Commissioner Hank Whitman Steps Down

Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) Commissioner Hank Whitman recently announced he will step down from the position on June 30. Whitman took on the role in 2016, at a time of crisis for the agency. He is perhaps best known for helping reduce turnover at CPS by fighting for and securing funding… Read more »

Reminder: Ensure Data Accuracy for Funding Formulas

Fiscal Year 2019, Quarter 3 performance measures are due at close-of-business on Friday, June 7, 2019. Once the Q3 data are submitted and locked for all programs, Texas CASA will be able to begin compiling performance measure data for use in the CVC and VOCA funding formulas for FY 2020. Counts of volunteers and children… Read more »

Sneak Peek at the 2019 Texas CASA Conference: 30 Year Jubilee!

What can you look forward to at this year’s conference? The 2019 Texas CASA Conference: 30 Year Jubilee is set to be three days of powerful speakers, networking opportunities and celebration of the CASA network. You can expect to take away new tools and recharge your CASA spirit. Check out what past attendees have to… Read more »

From the CEO: Connection-Focused Advocacy for Children & Families

“Relationships can make or break lives. At the end of the day, quality connections – loving families, caring teachers, supportive communities – are one of the strongest indicators (and predictors) of child well-being. They are absolutely essential for a child to thrive, and if, for whatever reason, they aren’t there for them when they need… Read more »

DFPS Releases Important Key Performance Indicator Data

How is the state doing as it works to make improvements to child welfare policy over time? The Department of Family and Protective Services quarterly newsletter, DFPS Vision, provides updates on the latest news, alongside enhanced data and information. Check out their key performance indicator data from the first quarter of 2019, shown below. This… Read more »