TEXAS CASA IMPACT
VISION, MISSION, THE CASA WAY
TABLE OF CONTENTS LEADERSHIP..................................................2 ABOUT CASA................................................4 2017 IMPACT.................................................6 SERVICES.......................................................8 POLICY........................................................ 10
TEXAS CASA VISION A safe and positive future for all Texas children. TEXAS CASA MISSION To support local CASA volunteer advocacy programs and to advocate for effective public policy for children in the child protection system. THE CASA WAY We have an uncompromising belief that we will achieve what others think is impossible, and each of us is an essential part of the solution.
AWARENESS................................................. 12 CREATING CONNECTIONS......................... 14 2017 FINANCIALS........................................ 16 LOCAL CASA PROGRAMS........................... 18 STAFF & BOARD..........................................20 OUR DONORS.............................................22 GET INVOLVED............................................24
OUR LEADERSHIP The vision of Texas CASA is a safe and positive future for all Texas children. Thanks to your support and the commitment of the CASA community, we are closer than ever to turning our vision into a reality. Last year, 10,424 CASA volunteers spoke up for 29,747 abused and neglected children across the state — our largest number of volunteers to date — and the momentum is only growing. We are making our voices heard from the state Capitol to all 71 local CASA programs across Texas. Your continued support fuels our mission, helping us to grow our network, strengthen our advocacy, and create positive systemic change at the statewide level. It is your dedication that empowers us, and we would not be here today leading the charge for Texas children without you.
groundbreaking initiatives, we are providing the tools and resources the local CASA programs need to take their advocacy for children in care to the highest level. Our children in foster care deserve nothing less, and we are not stopping until each and every one of them has the safe, loving home and support system they need to thrive. Through our initiatives, we are also continuing to strengthen our leadership in the state and national child welfare community. Across the country, people are looking to Texas and our CASA network, and what we are creating together has the power to transform lives for generations to come.
As we continue forward, Texas CASA is keeping the best interest of the child at the forefront of everything we do. By expanding and piloting
Thank you for being a part of the CASA community in Texas, and for helping to make a difference in the lives of the children who need us the most. We are honored to be at the helm of this great statewide movement and look forward to another strong year of advancing our advocacy and mission.
VICKI SPRIGGS TEXAS CASA CEO
GREG WILHELM TEXAS CASA BOARD PRESIDENT
VICKI SPRIGGS TEXAS CASA CEO
GREG WILHELM TEXAS CASA BOARD PRESIDENT
THE VALUE OF
CASA CASA IMPROVES LIVES.
When a child has been removed from home and the only life they have ever known, CASA stays by their side, providing resources, the right support and the attention they deserve to help them navigate through the child welfare system.
CASA VOLUNTEERS SPEAK UP FOR OUR CHILDREN.
Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteers are community members with a special calling to help children in need. They are trained to serve the state’s most vulnerable children by working one-on-one with each child or sibling group to form a relationship built on trust and honest communication. As CASA volunteers gather pertinent information about the child and family members involved, they are able to assist state caseworkers, foster parents, teachers, doctors, lawyers and judges, providing them with the resources and information necessary to act in the child’s best interest. The end goal is to move a child out of the system and into a safe, permanent home.
52 CHILDREN PER DAY.
In Texas, 52 children are removed from their homes each day because of abuse and neglect. With your continued support, Texas CASA is able to focus on making those children’s lives better. Through funding, centralized resources, infrastructure and training, we are able to advocate for more children each year.
71 CASA PROGRAMS IN TEXAS.
At the local level, the 71 local CASA programs champion the cause to make children’s lives better by recruiting, training and supervising these dedicated volunteers. “As the CEO of an organization with a statewide presence, I understand and appreciate the importance of Texas CASA. They provide insightful perspectives and focus on the challenges within Texas communities. Their effort is a powerful voice at the state level and enhances the advocacy work being done by volunteers.” Michael Reiswig CEO, Care Options for Kids Texas CASA Donor
At the state level, Texas CASA provides financial support and services to help the local programs operate effectively and works directly with the state legislature to create systemic changes — clearing the path for volunteers to better advocate for children. Through a culture of collaboration, Texas CASA inspires and empowers every volunteer’s passion for helping children thrive and grow.
WHAT WE ACCOMPLISHED
TOGETHER % 14 10,424
CURRENT NUMBER OF VOLUNTEERS
2017 | 14.2%
2016 | 7.7%
2015 | 5.1%
2014 | 6.0%
2013 | 4.8%
FROM 2016 – 2017
213 254 COUNTIES
71 LOCAL CASA
With 48,795* children in the Texas foster care system, we are closer than ever before to providing a CASA volunteer for every child. *September 1, 2015 – August 31, 2016
WORKING TOWARD POSITIVE CHANGE FOR
A POSITIVE FUTURE
SUPPORT AWARENESS POLICY Texas CASA provides cohesive and sustaining services to local CASA programs to ensure the network has the ability to improve every childâ€™s chance to thrive and be safe. RESPONSIBILITY
Texas CASA advocates for systemic change focused on improving the well-being of Texas children and enabling local CASA programs and volunteers to better serve our children.
POLICY EDUCATION SUPPORT
Texas CASA brings the network and the child welfare community together to educate and inform for a better understanding of the system and the existing needs of children in care so that we can collaborate to generate change.
Texas CASA invests in building local CASA program leaders to better serve their programs, volunteers and ultimately our children by GROWTH empowering them RESPONSIBILITY with innovative and effective training opportunities. TEXAS CASA
Texas CASA provides strategic communication tools to help local CASA programs create public awareness in their community, recruit more volunteers and reinforce local marketing efforts.
Key initiatives powered by Texas CASA help provide local CASA programs access to information and technical assistance so they may continue to enhance the lives of Texas children and youth in the child protection system.
Through fiscal responsibility and trusted partnerships, Texas CASA identifies, administers and manages federal, state and private funds to RESPONSIBILITY ensure the local CASA programs effectively utilize the funding to achieve our mission.
SYSTEMIC CHANGE FOR
CHILDREN IN FOSTER CARE Texas CASA works in partnership with policy experts, child welfare providers and legislators across both aisles to reshape the foster care system. Through this collaboration, the Texas Legislature is able to implement bills that prioritize Texas children in need. Helping to advocate for these changes during the 85th Legislative Session were 26 Legislative Advocacy Teams (LATs) led by volunteers and board members from local CASA programs across the state. Trained by Texas CASA, the LATs helped establish relationships with their local legislators and supported our legislative efforts through grassroots advocacy. Thanks to all of our partners who help us strengthen our efforts for a better system to serve our children, we accomplished many of our top legislative priorities this legislative session — and many other measures were taken to improve the system in the following ways: • Ensure all child abuse and neglect reports are investigated in a thorough, consistent and timely manner • Increase foster care reimbursement rates • Establish monthly payments for kinship caregivers • Increase caseworker pay and lower caseloads
• Better care for children in child protection cases • Improve education services and programs for youth in foster care • Improve services for older foster youth • Increase funding for the Department of Family & Protective Services by $508.5 million
• Improve data collection on important child outcomes "The work that our legislative teams do is so valuable. They bring their 'boots on the ground' perspective directly to the Capitol, allowing legislators to hear about what's happening in child welfare in their own communities.” Emily Heglund Executive Director, CASA of Trinity Valley, Athens
EVERY CHILD HAS A CHANCE
FY15 FY16 FY17
Texas CASA is expanding our awareness campaign across the state. In 2017, we focused our efforts and resources on an educational messaging approach, and offered strategies and best practices to support each local CASA program’s recruitment efforts. Thanks to your support, Texas CASA’s campaign cultivated even stronger relationships within our communities. Through targeted radio, TV, digital and print ads, we were able to raise awareness about who we are and what we do — ultimately increasing engagement with groups and individuals who want to help better serve our children in need. In addition to inspiring potential volunteers, Texas CASA is also working with local CASA programs to increase volunteer retention with a defined mission, consistent training and communication. Our Volunteer Recruitment and Retention team is using proven strategies, tools and resources to keep new and tenured volunteers engaged in the CASA mission.
UNIQUE PAGE VIEWS
Number of times BecomeACASA.org was viewed, counted only once per visitor
CONTACT FORMS Submitted to local programs from potential volunteers via BecomeACASA.org
Current Recruitment and Retention team initiatives and projects include: • Developing targeted recruitment materials and retention tools to standardize our network-wide efforts • Providing customized, hands-on support to 27 local programs — these programs reported a total of 400 new volunteers added “When Texas CASA offered a coaching opportunity, our program was struggling. Our coach helped us create a step by step process for volunteer inquiries and gave us great ideas for recruiting. He helped us create a new job description and even assisted us with the hiring process. After a year, we have been able to hire a recruiter/trainer, and thanks to his guidance, we had 18 volunteers sworn in last year. Our Texas CASA recruitment coach was a godsend.” Priscilla V. Garcia Executive Director, Voz de Niños, Laredo “Awareness of the situation in which foster children are in is what prompted me to volunteer — and because CASA’s efforts are putting a lot of importance on recruiting more diverse volunteers, I was able to connect and bond with children who may face certain obstacles because they are Spanish speakers. My experience has been beyond gratifying.” Erma Saracho Volunteer Advocate, Dallas CASA
CREATING MEANINGFUL & LASTING
CONNECTIONS Texas CASA, in collaboration with the Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) and the local CASA programs, is working to ensure that every child in foster care has the opportunity for lifelong connections. By working together, we are finding and engaging family and other committed adults to create healthy relationships and support systems.
Over the course of the last three years, Texas CASA has been working with local CASA programs across the state to put the spotlight back on these children. This collaboration is made possible through ongoing training and guidance to ensure children in long-term care, called Permanent Managing Conservatorship (PMC), are not forgotten. It aims to maintain a sense of urgency for getting them out of the system and finding them permanent and loving homes.
Texas CASA is training and providing resources to the local CASA programs — the boots to the ground — in how to build these connections for both children who have recently entered foster To address an increasing need for more CASA care and those who have been left to languish in volunteers to serve kids in long-term foster care, care, an often overlooked group. Texas CASA has focused on:
“A CASA volunteer decided to go back and search for family members of a child who had entered foster care at age 3 and had been in care for 10 years. The volunteer tracked down a relative who had originally been denied guardianship. A special hearing was called and at 13, the child was able to get a placement with that family member and is now living in a safe home. It’s never too late for a child thanks to volunteers whose tenacity and commitment lead to finding ways for children to find lifelong connections and permanent homes.” Michael Diers Volunteer Supervisor Team Lead for PMC Special Project CASA of West Texas, Midland
When a child has been in foster care for more • Creating an effective and scalable model to than a year and parental rights have been serve every child in long-term foster care terminated, they transition to long-term foster • Developing and delivering a cohesive usercare. The unfortunate reality is that these friendly PMC Resource Guide that will help all children and youth receive less services and local CASA programs increase advocacy guidance — creating an even greater need for • Supporting implementation of PMC best CASA volunteers to serve them. With each day practices through on-site support and that they spend in the system, they become less coaching while ensuring integration of and less likely to find a permanent home and risk Family Finding techniques facing terrible outcomes once they turn 18 and are no longer under the legal custody of the state.
FINANCIALS REVENUE State Funding
EXPENSES Local Program Support Services & Training
Volunteer Recruitment & Awareness
Grants Management & Development
Administration $1,418,064 Public Policy Advocacy Total Expenses
Fiscal Year 2017: September 1, 2016 – August 31, 2017
PASS THROUGH AMOUNT *
86% or $19,485,032 of the government funding that Texas CASA receives is awarded to local programs for recruitment, training and volunteer support. *Pass Through Amount includes $1.5M for the Statewide Recruitment Campaign
CASA PROGRAMS ABILENE Big Country CASA 325.677.6448 ALPINE Frontier CASA 432.837.7448 AMARILLO Amarillo Area CASA, Inc. 806.373.2272 ATHENS CASA of Trinity Valley 903.675.7070 AUSTIN CASA of Travis County 512.459.2272 BASTROP CASA of Bastrop, Fayette and Lee Counties 512.303.2272
BONHAM Fannin County Children’s Center 903.583.4339
CORPUS CHRISTI CASA of the Coastal Bend 361.884.2272
BRENHAM CASA for Kids of South Central Texas 979.277.0088
CORSICANA CASA of Navarro County 903.872.3772
BROWNSVILLE CASA of Cameron & Willacy Counties 956.546.6545 BROWNWOOD CASA in the Heart of Texas 325.643.2557 BRYAN Voices for Children, Inc. CASA of Brazos Valley 979.822.9700
BAY CITY Gulf Coast CASA 979.282.9223
CHILDRESS CASA of the Rolling Plains 940.937.3180
BEAUMONT CASA of Southeast Texas 409.832.2272
CLEBURNE CASA of Johnson County 817.558.6995
BEEVILLE CASA of Bee, Live Oak & McMullen Counties 361.542.4407
GAINESVILLE CASA of North Texas 940.665.2244
KERRVILLE Hill Country CASA 830.896.2272
McKINNEY CASA of Collin County 972.529.2272
PLEASANTON CASA of South Texas 830.569.4696
GALVESTON CASA of Galveston County 409.572.2552
KINGSLAND CASA for the Highland Lakes Area 325.388.3440
MIDLAND CASA of West Texas 432.683.1114
ROCKWALL Lone Star CASA 972.772.5858
DALHART CASA 69, Inc. 806.244.2684
GEORGETOWN CASA of Williamson County Texas 512.868.2822
KINGSVILLE Brush Country CASA 361.595.7233
MOUNT PLEASANT CASA of Titus, Camp & Morris Counties 903.717.8940
ROSENBERG Child Advocates of Fort Bend 281.344.5100
DALLAS Dallas CASA 214.827.8961
GRAHAM North Star CASA 940.549.9829
NACOGDOCHES CASA of Deep East Texas 936.560.4711
DECATUR CASA of Wise & Jack Counties 940.627.7535
GRANBURY CASA of Hood & Somervell Counties 817.579.6866
SAN ANGELO Children’s Advocacy Center of Tom Green County 325.653.4673
DENTON CASA of Denton County 940.243.2272
GREENVILLE CASA for Hunt County 903.450.4410
EDINBURG CASA of Hidalgo County 956.381.0346 EL PASO CASA of El Paso 915.225.5214
CONROE CASA Child Advocates FORT WORTH of Montgomery County CASA of Tarrant County 936.441.5437 817.877.5891
HEREFORD Great Plains CASA for Kids 806.363.1211 HOUSTON Child Advocates, Inc. 713.529.1396 HUNTSVILLE CASA of Walker, San Jacinto & Trinity Counties 936.291.6363
LAREDO Voz de Niños 956.727.8691 LIBERTY CASA of Liberty/ Chambers Counties 936.334.9000 LONGVIEW East Texas CASA 903.753.8093 LUBBOCK CASA of the South Plains 806.763.2272 LUFKIN CASA of the Pines 936.634.6725 MARSHALL CASA of Harrison County 903.923.9224 MASON Bluebonnet CASA 325.347.6474
NEW BRAUNFELS CASA of Central Texas 830.626.2272 ODESSA CASA of the Permian Basin Area 432.498.4174 ORANGE CASA of the Sabine Neches Region 409.886.2272 PAMPA CASA of the High Plains 806.669.7638 PARIS CASA for KIDS 903.737.4346
TEXARKANA CASA of Northeast Texas 903.792.1030 TYLER CASA for Kids of East Texas 903.597.7725 UVALDE Tri-County CASA 830.278.7733 VICTORIA Golden Crescent CASA, Inc. 361.573.3734
SAN ANTONIO Child Advocates San Antonio 210.225.7070
WACO CASA of McLennan County 254.304.7982
SHERMAN CASA of Grayson County 903.813.5400
WAXAHACHIE CASA of Ellis County 972.937.1455
STEPHENVILLE CASA for the Cross Timbers Area 254.965.6610 SULPHUR SPRINGS Lake Country CASA 903.885.1173 TEMPLE CASA of Bell & Coryell Counties 254.774.1881
WEATHERFORD CASA - Hope for Children, Inc. 817.599.6224 WICHITA FALLS Child Advocates CASA of Red River 940.766.0552
STAFF & BOARD EXECUTIVE TEAM VICKI SPRIGGS Texas CASA CEO CHRISTINE KELLY Executive Assistant ADMINISTRATION VERONICA FORSYTH Chief Administrative Officer MARIBEL BOWLES Events & Meetings Director
COMMUNICATIONS & AWARENESS
ELIZABETH MAST Grants Management Specialist
LESLIE MORTON Communications & Awareness Executive Director
DENNISE JACKSON Recruitment & Retention Officer EMMA LEDFORD Communications Specialist
CATHY COCKERHAM Liaison for Program Development
LINDSEY LEE Communications & Awareness Specialist
KAREN DVOR AK, PH.D. Data & Research Manager
CAITLYN PERDUE Communications Manager
NANCY RODRIGUEZ Finance & Business Operations Director
PROGR AM OPERATIONS
DEEDRA BAKER Program Operations Executive Director
ANTOINETTE VILLARREAL Training Executive Director
LISA BRIGGS Program Management Specialist
LESLIE COCKE CFE Coach
LEE ANN MILLENDER Quality Assurance Specialist
CATHERINE DOOLEY CFE Coach
CELESTE PRATHER Liaison for Director & Board Development
CANDICE DOSMAN Collaborative Family Engagement Manager TEKI JACKSON Training Specialist MARIA McCORD CFE Coach
KELLY PR ATT Program Operations Specialist GRANTS GLENN BROOKS Grants Management Executive Director
ANDREW “DREW” MONTEMAYOR Instructional Designer II
MARY HIGHTOWER Senior Grants Management Specialist
ANNA MUNOZ Permanency Advocacy Supervisor
TOM JONES Senior Grants Management Specialist
ANDREW HOMER Public Affairs Executive Director SARAH CROCKETT Public Policy Coordinator JENNIFER LIMAS-MOTA Legislative Advocacy Coordinator DEVELOPMENT K ARA HOBBS Fund Development Executive Director ANDREA ESCALANTE Development Associate TEXAS CASA BOARD OF DIRECTORS PRESIDENT HONORABLE GREG WILHELM, J.D., M. A. Attorney at Law, Law Office of Gregory E. Wilhelm, P.C., Former Judge TREASURER RENEE DAY Healthcare Administration Professional, Baylor Healthcare System PRESIDENT-ELECT JENNY HAYNES Retired Communications Executive, CASA Volunteer SECRETARY DAVID K. SETZER, CPSM, C.P.M., CWE Executive Director, Workforce Solutions for North Central Texas
PAST PRESIDENT SUSIE MOSELEY Former Local CASA Executive Director
DAVID WINN, J.D. Partner, Grant Thornton, LLP
DEBBIE ALSUP, J.D. Partner, Thompson & Knight, LLP JOHN D. KNIGHT Business Banking Area Manager, Vice President, JPMorgan Chase & Co. CHRISTOPHER BUCK, J.D. Attorney, Buck Law Firm P.L.L.C. JIM McREYNOLDS Former State Representative
MELISSA JONES Retired Engineer STEPHANIE CASH Executive Director, Hill Country CASA PATTY PISKLAK Executive Director, CASA of West Texas SONYA GALVAN Executive Director, Child Advocates, Inc.
KEVIN CORBETT Partner, Ernst & Young
NATALIE THORNTON Executive Director, CASA of the Pines
HOLLY MUNIN CEO, Superior HealthPlan
KATHLEEN LAVALLE Executive Director, Dallas CASA
JACQUE FLAGG Owner, Jacque’s Toys & Books; CASA Volunteer
LAURA WOLF Executive Director, CASA of Travis County
GENE NEEDHAM Retired; CASA Volunteer
JAY FOX President, Austin/Round Rock Region, Baylor Scott & White Health EDNA PEREZ-VEGA Director of Texas Plan Initiatives, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas HEDY HELSELL Retired; Former Executive Director Center for Nonprofit Management FRED WILLIAMS Retired IVAN JAIME Director Public Affairs, Union Pacific Railroad
JANE QUENTAN PIPER Founding CEO, Texas CASA PAULA AHDERS CATHY ALLEN Community Volunteer MARTHA BR ANIFF Community Volunteer REBECCA BROWN HONORABLE PATTILOU DAWKINS, J.D. Former Legislator; Community Volunteer LERAYNE DONELSON Community Volunteer
DEBBIE FERGUSON Self-Employed Rancher; CASA volunteer THOMAS GOFF, J.D. Retired Attorney BORIS HIDALGO, J.D. Attorney at Law Thompson & Knight, LLP HONORABLE PATRICIA MACIAS, J.D. Retired Judge; Managing Director Judicial Engagement Casey Family Programs SUZANNE MALONEY Community Volunteer HONORABLE JESSE OLIVER, J.D. Former Legislator; Deputy Executive Director Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) JANICE PEEBLES SCOTT SHEPHERD, J.D. Attorney HONOR ABLE JOHN SPECIA, J.D. Attorney Texas DFPS MARION TOLBERT COLEMAN Consultant; Term Began 1992 BILLY WARD Community Volunteer; Former President Swalm Foundation JOSEPH WOODARD Child Welfare Consultant
$5,000 – $9,999
AECT Debbie Alsup EY Edwin Jennings III Sue Lowe McCraw Oil/Kwik Chek Pegasus Schools, Inc. Point Security Superior HealthPlan Thompson & Knight, LLP
KARLA C. THOMPSON
$10,000 – $24,999
$25,000 – $99,999
$100,000 – $249,000
$1,000 – $4,999
JANE Q U E N TA N PIPER
Local Independent Charities of America
Alpha Capital Management Arnetta Autrey April Beggs Brattain Family Charitable Fund Marina & Patrick Breeland Susan & Glenn Brooks Chris Buck Kevin Corbett Renee Day Sue DiCristofaro Jacque Flagg Veronica Forsyth Justice Eva Guzman Glenda K. Hallman Jenny Haynes Healthcare Service Corporation George Hernandez Greg Herzog Ivan Jaime Janet St. Paul Studio for Hair Melissa & Mark Jones Tom Jones JustGive John Knight Suzanne & Don Maloney Dr. Dan McCoy Jim McReynolds Leslie & Neel Morton Susie Moseley
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Holly Munin Becky & Gene Needham Nowlin Family Fund Danny O’Connell Nelda Peterson Howard Michael Reiswig Paige & Michael Sconzo David Setzer Vicki Spriggs Nathan Sundberg Texas Health Resources Holly & Michael Turner Upbring Vinson & Elkins, LLP Robert Waggoner Kenneth Winburn David Winn Monica & Greg Wilhelm Fred Williams Wolflin Mortgage Company
$500 – $999 Jerome Cassidy Cathy Cockerham Shane Ducommun Wesley Durklaski Brianna Ensslin Frost Insurance Dennise Jackson Sonya Galvan Sandra & Jim Hine Robert McGowen Celeste Prather PuffBunny Records Karen Ray Vicki Robertson Peter Rosch Texas Medical Association Judy Thornhill Natalie Thornton Michelle & Paul Tobias Karen Weber Michelle Wells
3 WAYS TO BE A PART OF THE
SOLUTION Your continued support can help a child move from foster care into a permanent, loving home. Without you, Texas CASA and the CASA network could not have successfully delivered on the promise of our overall mission this year. But there is more to be done. We need to continue our commitment as a credible and responsible voice to influence policy, raise awareness and ultimately provide a CASA volunteer for every single child who needs one. There are three ways you can continue to contribute to fueling our cause — making it easier than ever before to give the gift of hope to children in foster care. 1. VOLUNTEER. Ready to speak up for a child who needs you? Visit BecomeACASA.org to locate and contact your local CASA program, and take the first step towards becoming a CASA volunteer. 2. NOMINATE. If you know someone who has what it takes to speak up for children, let them know by nominating them to become a CASA volunteer today at NominateACASA.org. 3. DONATE. A donation to Texas CASA is an investment in the power of the CASA community and the future of Texas children. With your gift to Texas CASA, you can help CASA programs in your community AND around the state to provide the very best volunteer advocacy for children removed from their homes due to abuse and/or neglect.
> Make a secure online donation at https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/texascasa > Text the word “GIVE” to 512.960.1711 > Mail your check to: TEXAS CASA • 1501 WEST ANDERSON LANE, SUITE B-2 • AUSTIN, TX 78757 Gifts of stock, bonds or mutual funds are another way to make a difference to children across Texas. You can also make a legacy gift to Texas CASA by bequest through your trust or retirement plan.