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.
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
care and those who have been left to languish in care, an often overlooked group.
When a child has been in foster care for more than a year and parental rights have been terminated, they transition to long-term foster care. The unfortunate reality is that these children and youth receive less services and guidance — creating an even greater need for CASA volunteers to serve them. With each day that they spend in the system, they become less and less likely to find a permanent home and risk facing terrible outcomes once they turn 18 and are no longer under the legal custody of the state.
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.
To address an increasing need for more CASA volunteers to serve kids in long-term foster care, Texas CASA has focused on:
- Creating an effective and scalable model to serve every child in long-term foster care.
- Developing and delivering a cohesive user-friendly PMC Resource Guide that will help all local CASA programs increase advocacy.
- Supporting implementation of PMC best practices through on-site support and coaching while ensuring integration of Family Finding techniques.