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Inside CASA is Texas CASA’s up-to-date source of training opportunities, best practices, tips, news and announcements, and more to help local CASA program staff and board members in their day-to-day operations and advocacy.

4 of 10 CPS Regional Directors Are Fired, Fifth Retires

As part of his 10-point plan for reforming CPS issued in July, DFPS Commissioner Hank Whitman recently had all 10 CPS regional directors reapply for their jobs – which led to four firings and one director choosing not to reapply. “Child Protective Services officials fired four high-ranking managers this week, saying the changes are part… Read more »

Texas CASA Hosts Successful LAT Retreat

On Saturday, Aug. 20, Texas CASA hosted the Legislative Advocacy Team (LAT) Retreat – an opportunity for CASA program LAT Chairs and staff to learn more about legislative advocacy, while networking with other members of the CASA community in Texas. At this year’s Retreat, attendees heard from Representative Marsha Farney, and the Texas CASA Public… Read more »

Weapons Prohibition & Office Safety Tips

A weapon’s prohibition policy is required for CASA programs, both in Texas CASA Standards and in the Texas Administrative Code, Title 1, Part 3, Chapter 64 (64.13 (c) (2) (L).  In order to legally exclude weapons from your premises, programs are required to post a sign in English and Spanish in block letters one inch… Read more »

FY 2016 CVC & VOCA Deadlines for 2016 Texas CASA Conference

If you have Texas CASA Conference fees in your Fiscal Year 2016 Crime Victims’ Compensation (CVC) or Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) budgets, please be sure to pay for these fees prior to: Aug. 31, 2016, for CVC (deadline passed), and Sept. 30, 2016, for VOCA. Visit www.TexasCASAConference.org for more information on this year’s conference. If you have any questions… Read more »

CASA College Supervisor Training Coming to Gainesville in September

The CASA College Training Team is bringing a one-day training to Gainesville on Wednesday, Sept. 14. This training will take place at the Landmark Conference Center (1110 E. California St., Gainesville, TX 76240) from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. The main audience is CASA Volunteer Supervisors, but the topics covered are applicable and relevant to all CASA staff…. Read more »

DFPS Releases RFP for Next Foster Care Redesign Area

The Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) announced on Monday, Aug. 1, that they have released the Request for Proposals (RFP) for the next Foster Care Redesign area, which will be in DFPS Region 2. Texas CASA has served on the Public Private Partnership, which oversees Foster Care Redesign, for the last few years, and… Read more »

FY 2017 VOCA Grant Applications Due by Aug. 31

Please note the due date for Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) grant applications is Aug. 31, 2016, and the VOCA grant start date for Fiscal Year 2017 and subsequent years will now be Oct. 1. FY 2017 VOCA formula allocations went out to all local CASA program executive directors on Aug. 3, 2016. Any questions concerning your… Read more »

Updated Schedule for CPS Provider Meetings

CPS is hosting a series of provider meetings across the state to discuss the placement needs of children in care and to inform capacity-building efforts. CASA programs are encouraged to attend the meeting in their area, especially since placement issues were ranked very high in the legislative and policy issues survey Texas CASA sent out… Read more »

Webinar on Background Check Requirements Available in CASA College LMS

Deedra Baker, Program Operations & Resources Director, hosted a required webinar on background checks on Thursday, July 28. The webinar covered: The requirement for CASA programs to complete an internal audit for completed background checks in board, staff and volunteer files, and submit to Texas CASA by Aug. 31, 2016, How programs can get their national criminal… Read more »

Texas CASA Welcomes Development Director

Texas CASA is pleased to announce that Kara Hobbs has joined our staff as Development Director. Kara will lead the Development team using a range of creative strategies to raise the financial support needed to help fund Texas CASA’s initiatives and daily operations. Kara relocated to Austin from the Dallas area, and brings eight years of experience… Read more »