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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.

Cultural Considerations: International Transgender Day of Visibility

March 31 is International Transgender Day of Visibility, a time to celebrate transgender people around the globe and the courage it takes to live openly and authentically, while also raising awareness around the discrimination transgender people still face. As you may know, a disproportionately high number of children in foster care are LGBTQ, and transgender… Read more »

Best Practice Guide for Data Management Released

Texas CASA is pleased to announce the release of the Best Practice Guide for Data Management. This guide was created following the network-wide data audit conducted in the summer of Fiscal Year 2018. Thank you to all of the local CASA programs who contributed their ideas, tips, forms and lessons learned from the data audit… Read more »

Cultural Considerations: NCWWI Webinars & Resources to Promote Racial Equity

The National Child Welfare Workforce Institute (NCWWI) works to increase the equity and effectiveness of child welfare practice through diverse partnerships that focus on workforce systems development, organizational interventions and change leadership. NCWWI’s recent newsletter contains a host of resources and online learning opportunities related to racial equity: A 6-part webinar series co-hosted with the… Read more »

Texas CASA Guide to Grants

We are pleased to announce the release of a new resource for local CASA programs, the Texas CASA Guide to Grants. This 41-page guide provides all the need-to-know information on grants that are administered through Texas CASA: Crime Victims’ Compensation (CVC), Victims of Crime Act (VOCA), Title IV-E (PSVT), Swalm Endowment, and License Plate Fund… Read more »

2019 Child Abuse Prevention Month Toolkit Now Available

April, Child Abuse Prevention Month, is right around the corner. Texas CASA offers the local CASA programs a Child Abuse Prevention Month toolkit that features media relations strategies, social media strategies, and many other promotional materials, templates and resources to use throughout the month of April. We encourage you to use these materials to help… Read more »

Updates Made to FACT Clearinghouse & Offline Applicant Management User Guide

Please note that the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) made changes to the FACT Clearinghouse user account site in January 2019. DPS is the agency that processes fingerprint-based background checks (FBC). Previously, confirmed FBI subscription, original fingerprint date, and SSN were not included on the offline worklist. Additionally, the column labeled “IsRapbackEligible” previously did… Read more »

Nonprofit Accounting Cheat Sheet

New to the nonprofit accounting world? Looking to freshen up on your understanding of accounting terms, types of revenue and types of funds we encounter as nonprofits? npENGAGE offers a handy Nonprofit Accounting Cheat Sheet to help you navigate the ins and outs of nonprofit accounting. You can also contact the Program Operations team at… Read more »

DFPS Releases 2018 Data Book

DFPS recently released its 2018 Data Book, which contains both statewide and local statistics on the CPS system in Texas. Below are some key statewide statistics for 2018. In 2018 in Texas: 211 children died from abuse or neglect. There were 66,382 confirmed victims of child abuse or neglect. Almost every 8 minutes, a child became a victim of abuse… Read more »

Cultural Considerations: What Are Microaggressions?

According to Psychology Today, “Microaggressions are the everyday verbal, nonverbal, and environmental slights, snubs, or insults, whether intentional or unintentional, which communicate hostile, derogatory, or negative messages to target persons based solely upon their marginalized group membership.” Microaggressions can be committed against any such group marginalized in our society – people of color, LGBTQ people,… Read more »

Media Release Templates for March, New Board Members Now Available

Texas CASA aims to provide regular 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 are currently in the process of updating all of our past monthly media release templates to be… Read more »