Texas CASA CEO Vicki Spriggs and Public Policy Fellow Bryan Mares discuss medical advocacy for children in the foster care system in this edition of Conversations with CASA. The two dive into the heightened medical and mental health challenges children in foster care face compared to those not in the system, as well as some… Read more »
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Jamie Bernstein of the Children’s Commission and Texas CASA CEO Vicki Spriggs discuss youth with “dual status” (or “cross over” youth) – starting first with the need for a clear, uniform definition in Texas. Bernstein touches on what the Children’s Commission has learned so far and the goals for their year-long task force to address… Read more »
“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 »
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 families. 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 »