In honor of Pride Month, Texas CASA CEO Vicki Spriggs talked with Currey Cook from Lambda Legal about the overrepresentation of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) children in the child welfare system and the unique challenges they face while in care. Cook is the Director of the Youth in Out-of-Home Care Project and… Read more »
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To wrap up National Foster Care Month, Texas CASA CEO Vicki Spriggs sits down with former Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) Commissioner Judge John Specia to discuss the changes he has seen in the foster care system over the last few years and what steps still need to take place. Judge Specia… Read more »
For Child Abuse Prevention Month, we’re taking a closer look at what the state is doing to expand prevention initiatives. Texas CASA CEO Vicki Spriggs sits down with Sasha Rasco, Associate Commissioner of Prevention and Early Intervention (PEI) at DFPS, to talk about the program’s strategic plan and overall goals. Rasco took the position of… Read more »
Texas CASA welcomed Lorraine Martinez, Executive Director of STAR Health Program and one of our newest board members, in this edition of Conversations with CASA. Martinez breaks down the resources and services available through STAR Health as well as how CASA volunteers can access them on behalf of the children they serve. Martinez has served… Read more »
Texas CASA is back with the second installment of Conversations with CASA featuring Wayne Carson, CEO of ACH Child and Family Services. ACH oversees Our Community Our Kids, the Single Source Continuum Contractor (SSCC) with the Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) that coordinates and delivers services to children in foster care and their families in Region… Read more »
Texas CASA is diving into Community Based Care in this episode of Conversations with CASA. In Part 1 of a two-part episode, Texas CASA CEO Vicki Spriggs sits down with Wayne Carson, CEO of ACH Child and Family Services. ACH oversees Our Community Our Kids, the Single Source Continuum Contractor (SSCC) with the Department of Family… Read more »
Crystal Leff-Piñon joins us in this episode of Conversations with CASA and breaks down the Family Helpline for Strong Families and Safe Children, a project of the Austin-based Texas Legal Services Center. The Family Helpline was created to demystify the child welfare system by providing free, objective legal information, explanation and education for callers; as well… Read more »
Texas CASA CEO Vicki Spriggs chats with Delia Martinez, co-founder of the San Antonio nonprofit Grandparents Raising Grandchildren. Martinez has led the organization since it was created in 2016 to help grandparents obtain the information and resources they need most. Nationally, many grandparents like Martinez are stepping in to raise their grandchildren due to various… Read more »
Associate Commissioner for CPS Kristene Blackstone is back for another installment of Conversations with CASA to talk specifically about the Department’s initiatives to respond to and protect youth in foster care who run away. In Fiscal Year 2017, roughly 1,700 youth ran away. The Department recovered 1,400 of the youth and is working to create… Read more »
In this episode of Conversations with CASA, Vicki Spriggs speaks with Richard LaVallo, the Legal Director for Disability Rights Texas in Austin. The two discuss the work of Disability Rights Texas and their legal work for children in the child protection system, as well as ways CASA can advocate for the healthcare of the children… Read more »