In the interest of understanding which local CASA programs have embedded the practice of Collaborative Family Engagement (CFE) and what they have done to accomplish this, Texas CASA completed an assessment in conjunction with the CFE team. The assessment took place in the first two quarters of FY 2022. Embeddedness was defined as integrating CFE practices and beliefs into many or all aspects of the CASA program, where growth had been shown in the number of children and families receiving CFE, and how much of CFE was used in practice. The programs included in the assessment were identified by their CFE Coach as programs where CFE was the most embedded.

There were three consistent themes found throughout most, if not all, of the programs identified as being the furthest along the journey of embedding CFE:

  1. programs have a demonstrated understanding of the importance of family engagement;
  2. leadership has created a culture supportive of CFE; and
  3. programs have a designated CFE Lead position in place.
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Embedding CFE Assessment

In the interest of understanding which local CASA programs have embedded the practice of Collaborative Family Engagement (CFE) and what they have done to accomplish this, Texas CASA completed an assessment in conjunction with the CFE team. The assessment took place in the first two quarters of FY 2022. Embeddedness was defined as integrating CFE practices and beliefs into many … Read More

Child Safety in the System

  Praesidium Academy A series of free e-learning courses on best practices in preventing child sexual abuse with separate tracks for Program Leadership and Program Staff. Access expires December 31, 2022. Child Safety Toolkit This extensive toolkit is the result of a long partnership between Praesidium and CASA of Travis County, which has incorporated safety measures into all levels of … Read More

Social Media Guidebook & Content Bank for CASA Programs

“We don’t have a choice on whether we do social media, the question is how well we do it.” – Erik Qualman, Socialnomics The Social Media Guidebook shares tips and tricks for CASA programs of all sizes and at all levels of social media proficiency. In it, you will find best practices, pitfalls to avoid, content strategy, and how to make … Read More

Guide to Secure Transmission of Confidential Information

HHSC has required CASA programs to employ encryption to keep confidential information secure during electronic transmission. This guide offers multiple options for encryption. Transmission of confidential information creates opportunities for unauthorized access to documents, that is, for people without the legal authority to documents to receive or review them. Document encryption protects against unauthorized access. In document encryption, a document … Read More

Normalcy Matters: A Guide to Supporting Children & Youth in Texas Foster Care

Texas CASA released the Normalcy Matters: A Guide to Supporting Children & Youth in Texas Foster Care with the hope that it will inform understanding of what normalcy is, why it matters, and the important role each of us plays in supporting and promoting normalcy for young people in the Texas child welfare system. This guidebook and companion video were … Read More