In 2017, in an effort to improve the lives and outcomes of children in the conservatorship of the state, the 85th Texas Legislature enacted legislation that significantly expanded the process of Foster Care Redesign, creating the change model known as Community-Based Care. CBC progresses in stages, moving responsibility for foster care placement, case management and services from the state of Texas to private contractors which must be nonprofit agencies or governmental entities. As CBC goes into effect in a region, a child’s primary institutional contact will transition from Child Protective Services (CPS) to employees of the contracted agency. These contracted agencies are known as Single Source Continuum Contractors (SSCCs). This guide lays out how the Texas child welfare system will change as the scope and role of CBC expands. In addition, the guide offers insight into how local CASA programs could be affected by the implementation of CBC.

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Texas CASA Guide to Community-Based Care – CBC

In 2017, in an effort to improve the lives and outcomes of children in the conservatorship of the state, the 85th Texas Legislature enacted legislation that significantly expanded the process of Foster Care Redesign, creating the change model known as Community-Based Care. CBC progresses in stages, moving responsibility for foster care placement, case management and services from the state of … Read More

New Executive Director Survival Guide

As a new CASA Executive Director, you have taken on a leadership role of great importance, a role that can be transformative for children and families in your community. You will soon discover the many wonderful and challenging hats you will wear over the next year. This guide will help you with all of them, from Human Resources to working … Read More

Procedures Guide for Volunteer Coordinators

The Procedures Guide for Volunteer Coordinators is a resource for program staff who supervise volunteers. The guide is to provide an understanding of roles, responsibilities and expectations of a Volunteer Coordinator.  This guide can be adapted to include local programs’ individual practices and policies. Read Now

Recruitment Planning

The Art of Recruitment Guidebook Texas CASA’s new volunteer recruitment guidebook, The Art of Recruitment: Engaging Volunteers Who Own Your Mission, is framed using the Volunteer Ownership Cycle, which focuses on moving a volunteer from the You phase (or Awareness) to the We phase (or Ownership). By using this technique, you develop a relationship with the volunteer to better understand their personal mission and values and how those … Read More

Growth Planning ToolKit

Texas CASA is committed to providing a CASA volunteer for every child who needs one. Texas CASA supports local programs’ efforts to serve all the children in the state’s custody in their community. The Growth Planning Toolkit developed by Texas CASA is a resource for programs to use as they develop plans to increase capacity while maintaining the highest level … Read More