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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!

Texas Rejects Special Masters’ Recommendations to Fix Foster Care System

On Nov. 21, attorneys for the state of Texas rejected the recommendations to overhaul the foster care system made by court-appointed special masters, who were selected by U.S. District Judge Janis Jack as part of her December 2015 ruling against the Texas child welfare system. Attorneys for the state argued that Texas shouldn’t have to… Read more »

Texas CASA’s Legislative Priorities for 85th Session

The 85th Texas Legislature is quickly approaching and officially convenes on Jan. 10, 2017. With several bills already being filed, now is a good time for all CASA volunteers, staff and other supporters to ask your local legislators to support our Legislative Priorities for the upcoming legislative session. Among the major legislative items Texas CASA is… Read more »

Bill Filing for the 85th Legislative Session Is Underway!

Bill filing for the 85th Legislative Session began on Nov. 14, and dozens of child welfare bills have already been filed. The currently filed child welfare bills address issues such as: Paying monthly stipends for kinship caregivers, Creating easier access to targeted case management for high-needs foster children, and Broadening student loan repayment opportunities for caseworkers…. Read more »

Legislative Efforts to Speed Up CPS Investigations, Increase Caseworker Salaries

State and legislative leaders have continued to express alarm about problems within the CPS system and have directed DFPS to provide a plan to deal with these urgent issues. After critical news reports in early October that CPS had failed to investigate abuse and neglect allegations within legally required time frames, state leaders requested that… Read more »

Texas CASA Welcomes Legislative Advocacy Coordinator

Texas CASA is excited to announce that Jennifer Limas-Mota has joined our team as the Legislative Advocacy Coordinator. She will be working half time with the Public Policy team to help maintain and build our Legislative Advocacy Team (LAT) network, lead our efforts for the 2017 CASA Day at the Capitol (coming up on Feb…. Read more »

CASA Programs Busy Meeting with Legislators to Prepare for 85th Session

Many CASA programs like CASA of the Pines and CASA of El Paso are already meeting with legislators to discuss Texas CASA’s legislative priorities. Legislative Advocacy Team (LAT) members from CASA of the Pines in Houston and Polk Counties recently met with Representatives Trent Ashby and James White to discuss Texas CASA’s 85th Legislative Session… Read more »

CPS Under Fire after Texas Senate Finance Committee Hearing

The Texas Senate Finance Committee met on the afternoon of Oct. 26 to examine problems with Child Protective Services (CPS) and a proposal to help deal with these issues. These problems include failure to see children who may have been abused or neglected within legally required time frames, and CPS staff turnover. Among other things,… Read more »

Survey on the Education of Students in Foster Care

Over the past six years, the Supreme Court of Texas Children’s Commission has collaborated with stakeholders throughout the state to develop and implement a statewide plan to improve education outcomes for children and youth in foster care entitled the Texas Blueprint. Although there are now many comprehensive federal and state laws in place to address… Read more »