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How our legislative & public policy leadership is inspiring positive change in the child welfare system. Below you will find all of the latest Capitol Beat stories – to browse other categories, return to The CASA Voice home page or use the navigation list in the right column.

Be sure to keep informed of the latest state and national child welfare news coverage on the News Clips of Interest page!

Legislature Reaches 60-Day Mark, Action Continues

The 85th Legislature reached an important milestone on Friday, March 10 – the 60th day of the session, which is the bill filing deadline. This deadline means that no more new bills can be filed, which also often signals a significant increase in legislative activity as legislators work to pass their bills. Budget hearings have been… Read more »

CASA of Collin County LAT Testifies on HB 1620

Wanda Brice, volunteer and Legislative Advocacy Team (LAT) member with CASA of Collin County, testified on Monday, March 13, in the House Human Services Committee in support of Rep. Scott Sanford’s House Bill 1620. The bill relates to a voluntary temporary caregiver program providing temporary care for children removed from their homes. Watch the testimony… Read more »

Texas CASA Computer Bill Is Heard in the Senate

On March 14, Senate Bill 78 was heard in the Business and Commerce Committee. The bill would name Texas CASA as an eligible recipient of state surplus computers refurbished by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice Computer Recovery Program. This would allow the CASA network to distribute needed computers to foster youth across Texas. For… Read more »

DFPS Releases Foster Care Needs Assessment Report

DFPS released the Foster Care Needs Assessment report on Friday, Feb. 24. This report, which DFPS will produce annually, breaks down foster care capacity and capacity needs in a variety of ways – by county, by region and by catchment area. It also identifies areas and counties with the greatest shortages/capacity needs. Download Foster Care Needs Assessment We… Read more »

Texas CASA Presents at the Christian Life Commission’s Advocacy Day

Texas CASA was honored to present to nearly 50 individuals from across Texas who were in Austin to meet with their legislators during the Christian Life Commission’s Advocacy Day. Public Policy Coordinator Sarah Crockett presented on current challenges in foster care and the role that CASA volunteers play in the child welfare system. Participants also… Read more »

Texas CASA Testifies in Support of House Bill 249

Public Policy Coordinator Sarah Crockett testified before the House Human Services Committee on Monday, Feb. 27 in support of House Bill 249. HB 249, by Representative Ana Hernandez, was amended to be a stand-alone bill for the investigation consolidation portions of Senate Bill 11, which is a top legislative priority for Texas CASA. Watch the HB 249… Read more »

Senate Bill 11, Major CPS Reform Bill, Passes on the Senate Floor Unanimously

Senate Bill 11, the major CPS reform bill in the Senate, passed unanimously on the Senate Floor on March 1. Texas CASA is supporting the bill, which contains numerous important reforms, including a section to consolidate all abuse and neglect investigations under CPS – a top priority for CASA. We will provide a more detailed… Read more »

Update on CPS Reform Bills: House Bills 4 & 5

On March 1, House Bills 4 and 5 were debated in the House and approved unanimously on second reading. HB 4 authorizes monthly state payments to kinship care providers. HB 5 establishes DFPS as a standalone agency and moves it out from under the HHSC umbrella. We will provide a more detailed update on these bills… Read more »

Child Welfare News Clips of Interest

Make sure you’re in the loop on current happenings in child welfare at both the state and national levels by browsing news clips of interest selected by our Public Policy team. This page will be continually updated as news stories come up, with the most recent stories at the top. MARCH 2017 Austin American-Statesman: Texas House looks to… Read more »