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Tips, best practices, templates & more to assist with local CASA program operations & advocacy. Below you will find all of the latest Resources articles – to browse other categories, return to the Inside CASA home page or use the navigation list in the right column.

Tools for Virtually Interacting with Infants & Young Children

Texas CASA, with the help of participants in our April VCA Zoom call, has collected resources and tips to help you make the best of the time you have digitally meeting with infants and young children. Safe Babies – Guidance on Virtual Visits with Very Young Children Finger Plays for Video Chats: Engagement with Toddlers… Read more »

Resources & Continuing Education for Serving LGBTQ Youth

June is LGBTQ Pride Month! This month-long observance celebrates the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community, and is held in June of each year to commemorate the 1969 Stonewall riots – a major turning point for the Gay Liberation Movement in the United States. LGBTQ youth are overrepresented in the foster care system, both… Read more »

Foster Care Month Resources on ChildWelfare.gov

ChildWelfare.gov’s theme for Foster Care Month this year is “Foster Care as a Support for Families, Not a Substitute for Parents.” The website has outreach resources and messaging that promotes reunification and supporting families. In addition to key facts and statistics, it offers shareable graphics, social media cover photos, real-life stories and more. BROWSE THE… Read more »

Mental Health Month Toolkit for Outreach & Awareness

Mental Health America’s annual toolkit contains messaging, images and practical strategies that everyone can use to improve their mental health and increase their resiliency. It also contains material focused on the coronavirus, and how we can all work together to support our mental health in the face of uncertainty. DOWNLOAD THE TOOLKIT BACK TO INSIDE… Read more »

Supporting Students in Foster Care During COVID-19

The Children’s Commission has put together a resource letter to support the education of students in foster care while schools are closed. These resources include: lesson plans for at-home learning, a list of internet and phone providers with free or low-cost service, mental and behavioral health resources, free school meal pickup locations, and guidance for… Read more »

Relationships Check Tool for Advocates

The Search Institute has created a Relationships Check tool to give you a snapshot of how strong your relationship is with a young person in your life. The tool helps you assess where your relationship is, and where it can grow – and provides actionable strategies to aid you in building a stronger bond. CHECK… Read more »

March 2020 Social Media Calendar Available

We want to help you grow your social media presence! Texas CASA developed a March 2020 social media calendar with suggested Facebook and Twitter posts, photos and links. This calendar features a variety of content, such as motivational quotes, recruitment messaging, volunteer spotlights and statewide statistics. Depending on your needs, you can use the calendar… Read more »

March 2020 Media Release Template Now Available

Texas CASA provides timely media release templates that local CASA programs can use to raise awareness for CASA in their communities. These templates focus on specific events or holidays that programs can leverage around recruitment. This month’s media release is centered around National Social Work Month. Download the media release NOTE: Be sure to update… Read more »

February 2020 Social Media Calendar Available

We want to help you grow your social media presence! Texas CASA developed a February 2020 social media calendar with suggested Facebook and Twitter posts, photos and links. This calendar features a variety of content, such as motivational quotes, recruitment messaging, volunteer spotlights and statewide statistics. Depending on your needs, you can use the calendar content as-is,… Read more »

February 2020 Media Release Templates Now Available

Texas CASA provides timely media release templates that local CASA programs can use to raise awareness for CASA in their communities. These templates focus on specific events or holidays that programs can leverage around recruitment. We’re offering two media release templates this month: one for Black History Month (centered around disproportionality) and one for Valentine’s… Read more »