“Imagine living in COVID and living in COVID under a microscope… that’s our families. They’re living in COVID and in the age of COVID but they’re also doing it under a microscope. They’re doing it under the microscope of a CASA volunteer. They’re doing it under the microscope of a CPS caseworker. They’re doing it… Read more »
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In child welfare, often, there is more focus on engaging mothers than fathers, even though fathers are just as important for a child’s healthy development. In this episode, our CEO Vicki Spriggs talks with DFPS Fatherhood Specialist Kenneth Thompson on the benefits for children and families when fathers are more involved in the work of… Read more »
Texas CASA CEO Vicki Spriggs and Dallas CASA Program Director Ben Wilkins discuss the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the child welfare system, and what the CASA network is doing to continue to safely and effectively advocate for children and famlies. Conversations with CASA is an online series from Texas CASA that explores current… Read more »
Parental substance use is a contributing factor in most removals within the child welfare system. However, nearly all removals that involve parental substance use as a contributing factor are related to neglectful supervision rather than abuse, according to a recent report from Texans Care for Children. Kate Murphy, Senior Child Welfare Policy Associate with Texans… Read more »
Starting in San Antonio and now with a location in Austin, Threads provides new clothing and a fun shopping experience to teens who are in foster care, experiencing homelessness or otherwise referred. Founded in 2016 by former CASA volunteer Cathy Hamilton, Threads gives youth ages 12-21 the opportunity to shop for entirely new outfits, shoes… Read more »
Children in the foster care system are at an increased risk of becoming victims of trafficking and exploitation. Removed from their homes and often placed far away from their home communities, they are much more vulnerable to a variety of dangers due to the trauma and isolation they experience. Dallas CASA has been on the… Read more »
CASA, the child welfare system and the faith community have been actively working hand in hand to provide support to children and families involved in the child welfare system. As the Foster/Adoption Ministry Coordinator with the Beltway Park Church, Pastor Jeannette McQueen shares how her church became involved in this important work and what they… Read more »
Domestic violence plays a role in many child welfare cases, and it’s essential for CASA staff and volunteers to understand best practices for advocating for children and families involved in these cases. Emily LeBlanc with CASA of Travis County shares her expertise on how to work with survivors of abuse and be the best advocate… Read more »
On Sept. 1, legislation from the 86th Legislative Session took effect. Texas CASA CEO Vicki Spriggs and this month’s guest Knox Kimberly go into key changes to the child welfare system that you need to know. Kimberly serves as the Senior Vice President of Advocacy and Stakeholder Relations at Upbring. In this role, he leads the… Read more »
August is back to school month, and across Texas, students are settling into new classes and possibly new schools with new teachers and classmates. What do CASA volunteers need to know to be the best educational advocate for their CASA kids? CEO Vicki Spriggs talks all things educational advocacy with Jasmine Wightman, Senior Attorney with… Read more »