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Texas CASA receives equity award
Wednesday, September 2, 2015 by Elizabeth Pagano
The Texas Health and Human Services Commission has awarded the Equity in Child Welfare Award to Texas CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates). The award recognizes the work that CASA has done in reconciling disproportionality and disparities among children and families in Texas. According to a press release about the award, “Texas CASA was recognized for initiatives focusing on diversity, equity, cultural competence and ensuring better outcomes for children and youth in care. The organization is committed to inspiring and empowering the local CASA programs to not only provide a CASA volunteer for every child who needs one, but to recruit and train quality volunteers that understand and reflect the diversity of the children they serve.” Texas CASA consists of 72 local CASA programs that recruit and train volunteers that advocate for children in the child welfare system. According to the group, in 2014, 8,066 well-trained volunteers served 24,742 children in 207 of the 254 Texas counties.
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