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Trainings, surveys, resources & other exciting opportunities for local CASA programs from other organizations within the child welfare community. Below you will find all of the latest Other Opportunities articles – to browse other categories, return to the Inside CASA home page or use the navigation list in the right column.

Free Two-Day Learning Retreat in Dallas on Infants & Toddlers

First 3 Years, an organization dedicated to advancing the healthy development of infants, toddlers and their families, will be hosting The Texas Cross Site Learning Retreat on Infants and Toddlers on Oct. 10-11 in Dallas. Register Here This learning retreat is free to attend. Hotel accommodations are available for the Hyatt Place Dallas, with rooms… Read more »

Canva: A Free & Accessible Graphic Design Tool

Canva is a free-to-use graphic design website that has built-in tools and templates to make your work easy. Canva allows anyone, regardless of skill level, to create beautiful and engaging graphics with ease. Canva also offers nonprofits Canva Pro for FREE – just fill out the application! With Canva Pro, you get all the basic features,… Read more »

Texas Youth Hotline: Support for Children & Parents

The Texas Youth Hotline is a free, 24/7 support and prevention service for children, youth, siblings, parents and other family members who need a caring voice and sympathetic ear. Trained volunteers are always available to provide guidance on questions like: I ran away from home. Where can I find help? I want to leave home. Can I move… Read more »

Understanding the Needs of Young Parents

The Child and Family Research Partnership at the UT Austin Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs has released a new policy brief, Understanding the Needs of Young Parents and the Best Approaches for Serving Them. The policy brief gains its insight from a series of focus groups held with young mothers, young fathers and… Read more »

BidRocket: An Option to Manage Your Fundraising

Searching for a tool to help your CASA program manage its fundraising efforts? BidRocket may be able to help. BidRocket is a software designed to help nonprofits manage their fundraising efforts – allowing you to host any fundraising effort with ease. It has a multitude of features that will help a nonprofit run any event,… Read more »

2019 KIDS COUNT Child Welfare Data Book Released

The Annie E. Casey Foundation, which focuses on strengthening families, building stronger communities and ensuring access to opportunity, recently released the 2019 KIDS COUNT Data Book. The KIDS COUNT Data Book is an annually published resource that provides data concerning the well-being of children on a state-by-state level. With the release of the latest KIDS COUNT… Read more »

TWC Seeks 10 CASA Volunteers to Attend Conference: Deadline to Apply July 5!

The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) has reserved 10 spots for CASA volunteers from across the state to attend the third annual “All Together Now: Youth in Foster Care Conference,” in Austin, Texas, on Oct. 1-2, 2019. The deadline to register is July 5. The purpose of this conference is to bring together key stakeholders serving… Read more »

DFPS Releases Report on Human Trafficking & Missing Youth

DFPS recently released the Children and Youth Missing from DFPS Conservatorship & Human Trafficking Data Fiscal Year 2018 Report. In Fiscal Year 2016, DFPS began investigating allegations of sex and labor trafficking committed by a person traditionally responsible for a child’s care, custody, or welfare. Prior to FY 2016, these allegations were categorized as another… Read more »

Join TNOYS for Engaging Youth in Your Organization Webinar

Join Lyric Wardlow, Texas Network of Youth Services (TNOYS) Youth Specialist, and members of the Young Adult Leadership Council, on Aug. 14, 2019, at 10 a.m. for a webinar as they share nuts-and-bolts strategies on inclusion of youth and young adults in the shaping of your organization’s programming and culture. This webinar is offered as… Read more »

Resource for Addressing Child Sex Trafficking Released

The Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute, in partnership with Governor Abbott’s Child Sex Trafficking Team, has created the Roadmap for Texas Communities to Address Child Sex Trafficking. The roadmap provides communities and child welfare stakeholders with information, research, emerging practices, models, lessons learned and resources to end child sex trafficking. Together, we can fight to… Read more »