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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.

Education of Children & Youth Placed in Residential Treatment Round Table Report

In late 2017, the Special Education Workgroup of the Children’s Commission’s Foster Care and Education Committee designated as a top priority the educational needs of students placed in Residential Treatment Centers (RTCs) while under the conservatorship of DFPS. On April 18, 2018, the Children’s Commission convened a round table meeting to focus on this issue…. Read more »

International Student Foundation: Scholarships, Mentoring & Leadership Training

International Student Foundation (ISF) is a private, charitable organization, which helps youth who have been orphaned or aged out of foster care pursue a college education. ISF helps youth aging out of foster care attend college and succeed by helping provide: Scholarships to ease the financial burden of attending college Mentors to help them navigate… Read more »

New & Updated Foster Care Education Resources Available

The Children’s Commission recently sent out a resource letter to judges and attorneys that provides several excellent education-related resources of great value to CASA volunteers and program staff. These resources include: a transition-planning guide for children in foster care who receive special education services; a document explaining college tuition and fee waivers, as well as a… Read more »

Events for Austin-area Parents of Students in Special Education

SPEAK: Supporting Parents’ Education, Advocacy, and Knowledge; with Texas Law INCLUDE; is holding a four-part education and training series in October and November for families whose children are in special education. Whether you are new to the special education process or a seasoned parent wanting more information about how to use the Admission, Review and Dismissal (ARD)… Read more »

2018 Texas Child Care Administrators Conference

The Texas Center for Child and Family Studies (an affiliate of the Texas Alliance of Child and Family Services) invites you to join them for the 2018 Texas Child Care Administrators Conference in Austin on Oct. 1-3, 2018. This year’s theme is Children, Youth & Families – the Heart of Texas.  This conference will provide valuable information on delivering the… Read more »

Cultural Considerations: Suicide Hotline Run by & for Transgender People

For the first time, there is a suicide hotline in the US (and Canada) that is staffed entirely by transgender people, to serve transgender people. As you may know, a disproportionately high number of children and youth in the foster care system are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer (LGBTQ), and this fact is due… Read more »

2018 Study of Legal Representation in Child Protective Services Cases

The Children’s Commission recently released a study on legal representation in child protection cases. The study was mandated in House Bill 7 during the 2017 Legislative Session. The surveys and final report were developed by the Children’s Commission staff; working in concert with its Legal Representation Committee, DFPS and The University of Texas at Austin… Read more »

Back-to-School Reminders from The Children’s Commission

The new school year has begun, and CASA volunteers have the opportunity to make a concrete difference in their CASA child’s education. The Children’s Commission recently released a resource letter delving into important reminders related to school-based advocacy for children and youth in foster care when it comes to: who makes education-related decisions, the importance… Read more »

DFPS Volunteers Available to Work with Children & Families

The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) has added some opportunities for volunteers to work directly with children and families. Volunteers can assist in the following ways: help parents with transportation to classes, court hearings and/or appointments sit with children who are in the hospital If you believe that your CASA child’s family… Read more »

Hogg Foundation Mental Health News Digest

The Hogg Foundation for Mental Health maintains a weekly news digest – Mental Health Headlines – that compiles and shares news from Texas and beyond related to the mental health arena. Below are some recent Hogg Foundation picks of interest to the CASA community: Mental Health America releases back-to-school toolkit for 2018-2019 school year: While… Read more »