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Conversations with CASA – Wayne Carson Part 1

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 »

Conversations with CASA – Crystal Leff-Piñon

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 »

Conversations with CASA – Delia Martinez

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 »

Conversations with CASA – Kristene Blackstone Part 2

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 »

Conversations with CASA – Richard LaVallo

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 »

Conversations with CASA – Andrea Sparks

The Director of Gov. Greg Abbott’s Child Sex Trafficking Team joined Vicki Spriggs for a new installment of Conversations with CASA. The two discuss the high risk children and youth in foster care face of being victims of human trafficking and what CASA can do to prevent youth from being exploited. As Director of the… Read more »

Conversations with CASA – Kristene Blackstone

Associate Commissioner for Child Protective Services Kristene Blackstone sits down with Texas CASA CEO Vicki Spriggs to talk about the department’s successes over the past two years under her leadership and areas where they are still working to improve. Blackstone has been associate commissioner for CPS in Texas since May 1, 2016, overseeing one of… Read more »

Conversations with CASA – Brandy Howard

In this installment of Conversations with CASA, Texas CASA CEO Vicki Spriggs sits down with Foster Youth Attorney Brandy Howard with Disability Rights Texas to discuss the organization’s legal work in supporting children and youth in the foster care system. As a Foster Youth Attorney, Howard often serves as co-Attorney ad Litem and advocate for… Read more »

Conversations with CASA – Tara Perry

The CASA movement has been spreading across the country, and helping to lead the way is National CASA. In this month’s Conversations with CASA, Texas CASA CEO Vicki Spriggs sits down with National CASA CEO Tara Perry to discuss advances being made at the national level to support quality growth in advocacy. Perry first joined… Read more »

Conversations with CASA – Jenny Haynes

In the latest installment of our new series, Conversations with CASA, Texas CASA CEO Vicki Spriggs and Board President-elect Jenny Haynes discuss the future of Texas CASA and the CASA network. Haynes is a retired professional in public relations and communications with 35 years of fundraising, marketing, communications and governmental affairs experience. She has been… Read more »