Visit our Volunteer Training Pre-Work page for more information about signing up for the E-Learning portion of the course.
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- View National CASA’s Advocacy Resources for additional topics and resources relevant to your advocacy.
- Visit Texas CASA’s Learning Center Resources for Volunteers archives to explore topics relevant to your work as a volunteer.
- Child Mind Institute – The Child Mind Institute is an independent, national nonprofit dedicated to transforming the lives of children and families struggling with mental health and learning disorders.
- Advocacy In Action – this resource from the National CASA Association presents timely and relevant topics thought a series of Issue Briefs focused on improving safety, permanency and well-being.
Texas Abuse Hotline
- Call the Texas Abuse Hotline (1-800-252-5400) if your situation is urgent and needs to be investigated within 24 hours.
- Call 911 or your local law enforcement agency if you have an emergency or life-threatening situation that must be dealt with immediately
- Complete forms online ***do not use the website to report urgent or emergency situations – call the hotline or 911***
Collaborative Family engagement
- Collaborative Family Engagement
- Collaborative Family Engagement Training Resources
- Texas CASA CFE Trainings – login using your Texas CASA e-learning credentials to access this training
Stress, Trauma & Adverse Childhood Experiences
- National Child Traumatic Stress Network
- Secondary Traumatic Stress
- Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES)
- How severe, ongoing stress can affect a child’s brain
- The Body Remembers
- Treating Childhood Trauma
- Relational Trauma and Traumawise Care
- 10 Things to say instead of “Stop Crying”
- Trauma Informed Schools for Children in K-12: A Systems Framework
- Building a Trauma-Informed Child Welfare System
Local Resources & Mental Health
- Children and Youth Services Directory
- NAMI Resource Directory
- NAMI Resource and Crisis Manual
- UTMB Community Resource Directory
- Texas Mental Health Guide
- Teen Health Center
- Mental Health – Innovative Alternatives Brochure English, Spanish
- Victim Assistance Program
- Social Emotional Learning
- On the Road Lending Program Information – English Brochure, Spanish Brochure
- HHSC’s Medical Transportation Program Information
- St. Vincent’s House
Parenting & Physical Health
- Helping Through Intervention and Prevention (HIP) Program Brochure
- Helping Through Intervention Website
- Healthy Texas Women
- Teen Health Center
- NPR – Why do Children in Foster Care Become Pregnant at a Much Higher Rate?
- Texas Health Steps Benefits | Texas Health Steps Medical Periodicity Schedule
- Superior Health
- Welcome Baby & Houston Basics 2
- Children at Risk’s Center for Parenting and Family Well-Being – Smart Parents
- ParentingHelp Dropboxes – Referral Forms & Flyers | Newsletter Archive
Department of Family and Protective Services
- CPS Rights of Children and Youth in Foster Care
- Ombudsman Foster Care Facility Flyer
- 28 Ways to Help CPS – Faith Based Unit
- Kinship Manual
- Child Protective Services Handbook
- Minimum Standards for Child Placing Agencies
- Foster and Adoptive Home (FAD) Resource Guide
- Placement Process Resource Guide
Drug & Alcohol Advocacy Resources
- Aging-Out Seminar Curriculum 2017
- Extended Foster Care
- PAL Training Schedule 2018-2019
- PAL Overview January 2019
- Educational Advocacy Guidebook (2018 Update)
- Texas Higher Education Foster Care Liaisons
- DFPS Education Specialists by Region
- Foster Care & Student Success
- The Texas Blueprint: Transforming Education Outcomes for Children & Youth in Foster Care
- Information Sharing Between Child Welfare and Schools
- Behavioral Health School Discipline and Trauma
- Special Education and Students in Foster Care
- Transition Planning Guide for Students in Foster Care Receiving Special Education Services 2017
- Road to College- Texas Foster Youth and Post-Secondary Education
- Tuition and Fee Waiver Information Video
- Texas Foster Care Tuition & Fee Waiver Process
- Intellectual Development Disorder Basics
Galveston County Food Bank
Activities for Children & Families
View all scheduled in-service options on our calendar. There are many other opportunities to gain in-service hours. Remember to document all in-service hours in Optima! Need a refresher? View our Optima Training.
Explore a variety of topics on CASA College!
Stress, Trauma & adverse child experiences
- Nadine Burke Harris TED Talk
- Texas Victim Assistance Training (TVAT)
- National Center for Missing and Exploited Children Safety Training
- Building Trauma-Informed Services for Children, Youth, and Parents Impacted by Domestic Violence
- TBRI An Overview: Putting the Pieces Together
- CASA College e-Learning Trauma-Informed Advocacy for Children and Youth in Foster Care
- TBRI for Teachers
Books & Movies
- Recommended Reading List – view a list of books that we recommend for in-service training hours
- If you read a book or watch a movie, record answers to these questions on Optima to earn credit:
Who was your favorite character? Why?
Who was your least favorite character? Why?
Did you like the ending? Why or why not?
How does this relate to your work as a CASA advocate?
What is one thing from this book or movie that you can take with you into your role as an advocate?