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Conversations with CASA – Kate Murphy

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 »

Conversations with CASA – San Antonio/Austin Threads

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 »

Conversations with CASA – Chad Frymire

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 »

Conversations with CASA – Pastor Jeannette McQueen

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 »

Conversations With CASA – Emily LeBlanc

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 »

Conversations with CASA – Knox Kimberly

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 »

Conversations with CASA – Jasmine Wightman

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 »

Conversations with CASA – Vicki Spriggs

For Texas CASA’s birthday month, we’re switching things up by having Chief Communications Officer Leslie Morton interview CEO Vicki Spriggs in this edition of Conversations with CASA. In the interview, Spriggs and Morton talk about past successes, where we are heading as an organization and network, and how The CASA Way is leading us forward…. Read more »

Conversations with CASA – Currey Cook

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 »

Conversations with CASA – Judge John Specia

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 »