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Child Abuse & Neglect Prevention: What You Need to Know & What You Can Do

JUMP TO A SECTION What is prevention? Why does child abuse and neglect occur? How do prevention services work? What does the state of Texas do to prevent child abuse and neglect? What can I do to help? Throughout April, Child Abuse Prevention Month, Texas CASA and other groups will be sharing information and resources… Read more »

The Foster Care Ombudsman: What You & Youth in Foster Care Should Know!

The Foster Care Ombudsman’s office exists solely to help youth who are having problems with programs and services, whose rights may be being violated, who may be experiencing abuse or neglect in their placements or who have other issues or questions they need help with. In the last year, more youth than ever contacted the… Read more »

CASA Deep Dive: Adopting a Child from Foster Care

In the state of Texas, there are currently over 7,000 children in foster care waiting to be adopted. In this CASA Deep Dive, we will be diving into the foster care adoption process: how it works, how to complete the process, potential challenges and what advocates can do to help a child find the best… Read more »

CASA Deep Dive: The Federal Foster Care Lawsuit

In this CASA Deep Dive, we’re looking into the federal foster care lawsuit – the long-running legal battle, the results, and what it means for Texas’ foster care system moving forward. What’s the lawsuit about? In 2011, nine children who had experience with Texas’ long-term foster care system (also known as Permanent Managing Conservatorship or… Read more »

CASA Deep Dive: Kinship Care

In this CASA Deep Dive, we’re taking a look at kinship care: what it is, why it is important, its benefits and what advocates can do to assist kinship caregivers. What is Kinship Care? Removal is a traumatic process for a child, as they are taken away from the only home they know, often with… Read more »

CASA Deep Dive: Youth Voice

In this CASA Deep Dive, we’re delving into how advocates can help ensure that a child or youth’s voice is heard and meaningfully incorporated in court, service planning, meetings and other important proceedings that affect their future. Why Is Youth Voice and Engagement Important? In 2015, an American Bar Association study showed overwhelmingly that “foster youth… Read more »

CASA Deep Dive: Normalcy for Children & Youth in Foster Care

In this CASA Deep Dive, we’re diving into normalcy for children in foster care: what it is, why it’s important, some of the barriers to achieving it, and what advocates can do to help overcome these barriers and give kids a more normal childhood and experience while they’re in the system. What Is Normalcy? Under 26… Read more »

CASA Deep Dive: Supporting LGBTQ Youth in Foster Care

In this CASA Deep Dive, we’re shining a light on the unique needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) youth in the Texas child welfare system – and looking at the many positive steps that advocates can take to affirm their identities, support their safety and help them defy statistics. While we cannot… Read more »

CASA Deep Dive: Key Outcomes of the 86th Texas Legislative Session

To keep you informed and inspired during the 86th Legislative Session, Texas CASA is taking the next few months to dive in to some of our key legislative priorities. Read more about our legislative priorities and our work leading up to, and during, the session. The 86th Legislative Session officially came to a close on Memorial Day… Read more »

CASA Deep Dive: Legislative Priorities – Human Trafficking Prevention

To keep you informed and inspired during the 86th Legislative Session, Texas CASA is taking the next few months to dive in to some of our key legislative priorities. Read more about our legislative priorities and our work leading up to, and during, the session. TEXAS CASA LEGISLATIVE PRIORITY Help prevent human trafficking and meet the needs… Read more »