16 episodes

This continuing education podcast connects CASA volunteers with engaging and relevant training designed to help strengthen advocacy for children and families. Each short, dynamic episode features informative discussions with subject matter experts exploring topics connected to child welfare and practical tips for informed CASA advocacy. The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the speaker(s) in their personal capacity and are not the official policy or position of Texas CASA.

CASA on the Go: Continuing Education for CASA Volunteers Texas CASA

    • Education
    • 4.9 • 17 Ratings

This continuing education podcast connects CASA volunteers with engaging and relevant training designed to help strengthen advocacy for children and families. Each short, dynamic episode features informative discussions with subject matter experts exploring topics connected to child welfare and practical tips for informed CASA advocacy. The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the speaker(s) in their personal capacity and are not the official policy or position of Texas CASA.

    Evidence-Based Family Engagement with Dr. Natalie Beck Aguilera

    Evidence-Based Family Engagement with Dr. Natalie Beck Aguilera

    How can CASA advocates help bend the arc of child welfare practice to become more fully family-centered? In this episode, Dr. Natalie Beck Aguilera shares evidence-based strategies for engaging with families and explores why collaborating with family members is so crucial to effective child advocacy. Dr. Beck Aguilera's "reframe game" illuminates how a strengths-based advocacy lens can help us reconsider resistance we might encounter in our work with families, and she draws on her extensive social work experience to share insights about the ways in which our own attitudes impact our working relationships with parents and families. 
    Support the show (https://texascasa.org/how-to-help/give/)

    • 33 min
    The Urgency of Placing Kids with Relatives featuring the Honorable Leonard Edwards

    The Urgency of Placing Kids with Relatives featuring the Honorable Leonard Edwards

    This week we're thrilled to share a conversation with The Honorable Leonard Edwards, who joins us to talk about his recent article on the urgency of placing children with relatives. A retired judge now working as a consultant and educator on judicial best practices, Judge Edwards served as a Superior Court Judge in Santa Clara County for 26 years, and then served six years as Judge-in-Residence at the Center for Families, Children & the Courts, a division of the Judicial Council of California. He also helped start one of the largest CASA programs in California. 
    Support the show (https://texascasa.org/how-to-help/give/)

    • 20 min
    Supporting Youth in Accessing Higher Education with Jessica Aleman

    Supporting Youth in Accessing Higher Education with Jessica Aleman

    Research shows that youth in foster care are at high risk of dropping out of school and are less likely to attend or graduate from college than peers who did not experience foster care. CASA volunteers can play a powerful role when it comes to supporting these youth in meeting their educational goals, including access to higher education. In this episode of CASA on the Go, we're joined by Jessica Aleman, LCSW, to talk about Island Harbor, a wraparound program here in Texas that exists to empower young adults aging out of the foster care system in pursuing a college degree. To learn more about Island Harbor, visit the program's website or contact Jessica at jessica.aleman@tamucc.edu.

    For more resources, visit Education Reach for Texans, which seeks to eliminate barriers to success and build support programs for youth who experienced foster care attending public colleges and universities in the state of Texas. Follow these links to learn more about the many postsecondary programs for foster alumni and campus-based independent living programs. 
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    • 15 min
    Special Episode Featuring Kevin Campbell and Vicki Spriggs

    Special Episode Featuring Kevin Campbell and Vicki Spriggs

    This special episode of CASA on the Go comes from our Distinguished Speaker Series, where we had the amazing opportunity to host conversations with trailblazers in equity and child welfare. In this episode, Kevin Campbell, developer of the Family Finding model, and Texas CASA CEO Vicki Spriggs discuss the role of compassion in child welfare work, and how CASA volunteers can influence the quality of justice experienced by families involved in the child welfare system. View Kevin’s inspirational talk at dss.texascasa.org.
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    • 14 min
    Special Episode Featuring Riki Wilchins and Vicki Spriggs

    Special Episode Featuring Riki Wilchins and Vicki Spriggs

    This special episode of CASA on the Go comes from our Distinguished Speaker Series, where we had the amazing opportunity to host conversations with trailblazers in equity and child welfare. This episode features Texas CASA CEO Vicki Spriggs and Riki Wilchins, Executive Director of TrueChild, discussing gender norms and the connections between gender, race, and ethnicity, and the ways these norms affect children. To watch Riki's powerful 30-minute talk, visit our Distinguished Speaker Series page: https://dss.texascasa.org/
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    • 16 min
    Special Episode Featuring Dr. Jessica Pryce and Vicki Spriggs

    Special Episode Featuring Dr. Jessica Pryce and Vicki Spriggs

    This special episode of CASA on the Go comes from our Distinguished Speaker Series, where we had the amazing opportunity to host conversations with trailblazers in equity and child welfare. This episode features Texas CASA CEO Vicki Spriggs and Dr. Jessica Pryce, Executive Director of the Florida Institute for Child Welfare, discussing how we can more effectively address inequity in our child welfare system. To watch Dr. Pryce's powerful 30-minute talk, visit our Distinguished Speaker Series page: https://dss.texascasa.org/
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    • 17 min

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