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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.

NCMEC Offering Free Spotlight on Exploitation Trainings Across Texas

Did you know that 74 percent of The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC)’s identified sex trafficking victims were in the legal custody of the state when they went missing? That means the vulnerable children and youth in the foster care system, both in Texas and across the nation, are getting disproportionately targeted… Read more »

Fundraising Tip: Creating a Culture of Philanthropy

“A successful major gift fundraising initiative is embraced by every team member within the organization. By developing a major gift plan that identifies, cultivates and manages donors, you will make it easier for every team member to participate. The responsibility for major gift fundraising in most organizations lies mainly on the shoulders of the CEO… Read more »

Mt. Pleasant CASA Program Receives Courthouse Dog – & You Can, Too!

CASA of Titus, Camp and Morris Counties has been matched with a courthouse dog to provide emotional support to the CASA children in their area. The dog will be able to accompany the children in court and other settings, providing comfort during high-stress proceedings. “Children of trauma very rarely see people as ‘safe,’ and trust is an… Read more »

FY 2017 Data Submission Deadline Calendars Now Available

The calendar of Fiscal Year 2017 submission deadlines for grant-related documents and the quarterly performance measures is now available. There are two formats — a calendar or a “list of dates”—but the information is identical. FY 2017 due dates – calendar format  FY 2017 due dates – dates list format  The calendars are also available in… Read more »

Save the Date: Webinar Explaining VOCA PPRI Reporting Changes

This past year, the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) reporting process to the Texas A&M Public Policy Research Institute (PPRI) changed, causing some confusion in the CASA network on how to properly report. Many local CASA programs have expressed the need for more training on the process. Join Megan McIntire, Assistant Director of the PPRI, for a… Read more »

Reminder: Background Checks Audit Due by Aug. 31

In an email to all Executive Directors from Texas CASA CEO Vicki Spriggs on June 14, 2016, Texas CASA announced that by Aug. 31, 2016, all board members, staff and volunteers with every CASA program should have these checks completed: Social Security Number (SSN) Verification – Since we can no longer rely on the Fingerprint-Based… Read more »

2016 Texas CASA Conference Announces Workshop & Institute Sessions!

We are getting closer and closer to the 2016 Texas CASA Conference: Amplifying Voices! Are you ready to spread the CASA spirit and make your voice heard? To help you start planning your perfect conference experience, you can now dive in and read all about this year’s sessions by visiting the 2016 Sessions page on… Read more »

DFPS Developing Single Child’s Plan of Service Initiative

As part of DFPS Transformation, the Single Child’s Plan of Service initiative is meant to increase collaboration between CPS, parents, caregivers and contracted placements on the development of a single child’s plan of service rather than having two plans (one created by CPS and one by the placement entity). Click here for background information, time… Read more »

Update on Federal CPS Lawsuit

The State of Texas was denied in legal efforts to stop court-directed evaluation and planning by two special masters to improve aspects of the state’s child protection system. Following her court ruling last December that found parts of the Texas child protection system unconstitutional, Judge Janis Jack ordered the appointment of two special masters to… Read more »