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 »
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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!
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 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 »
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 »
Please save the dates for CASA Day at the Capitol on Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017, and for the Texas CASA Child Welfare Primer on Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017. We hope you will plan to join us in Austin next February! Registration will open in early January. In the meantime, you can find highlights and photos from… Read more »
On Friday, Nov. 4, the court-appointed special masters – who were selected by U.S. District Judge Janis Jack as part of her December ruling against the Texas child welfare system – released dozens of recommendations on how Texas should overhaul its foster care system. These recommendations include: eliminating the use of foster care group homes,… Read more »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »