Texas CASA CFE Symposium

May 23, 2023

Pictured here, from left, Vicki Spriggs-Texas CASA CEO, Tim Judkins, Lauren Townsend, and Kevin Campbell, CEO of Pale Blue and developer of Family Finding and Family Seeing.

Two of our CASA of Central Texas Team Lead Casework Supervisors, Tim Judkins and Lauren Townsend attended the Texas CASA CFE (Collaborative Family Engagement) Symposium in Denton, Texas on May 3rd & 4th.

Tim speaks highly of the CFE approach and his experience with it, “CASA of Central Texas has been involved with Collaborative Family Engagement (CFE) since 2016, when I was invited to attend a conference that introduced it in Corpus Christi. Since then, our program has expanded its understanding and involvement in CFE, both at the supervisory and volunteer levels. I first heard Kevin Campbell speak on Family Finding at that 2016 conference and have been privileged to hear him multiple times since. His message of healing families so that that they are better equipped to raise their own children never gets old. This year, at the CFE Symposium, I heard that message again and it allowed me to recalibrate my approach to the families and children assigned to my caseload. I left encouraged, inspired and not a little challenged to find creative, out-of-the-box ways to place as much appropriate focus and energy as possible on parents and relatives so that children can be safely returned to them by the close of a case. The Symposium allowed for networking among other CASA programs, DFPS, and service providers. Ideas were shared and discussed that permitted us to make application and generate our own plans for how to move CFE forward in our program.”

A huge thank you to our Advocates and Program Staff who engage in this work each and every day!