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This study focuses on the need for Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) to expand to surrounding counties. These counties include Taylor (where BCC is housed), Callahan, Coleman, Fisher, Jones, and Shackelford. Using a descriptive design, this study uses public data from the Texas Department of Family Protective Services (TDFPS) to analyze data from counties with CASA (Taylor County) and without a CASA (the surrounding counties). Various descriptive analyses were conducted to examine major foster care outcomes of the counties for ten years (2011 through 2020) such as permanency outcome (exit), length of time in care, and number of placements. The results show that there are counties that could possibly benefit from CASA expanding to their counties. These counties are Coleman, Jones, and possibly Callahan. The county and foster care size of Shackelford and Fisher do not justify expanding.
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Hardin, McKensie, "A Study of Counties for Big Country CASA Expansion" (2021). Digital Commons @ ACU, Electronic Theses and Dissertations. Paper 346.