State Representative James Frank was recognized with the Texas CASA Big Voices for Little Texans® award during the Child Advocates – CASA of the Red River Volunteer Appreciation Dinner in Wichita Falls on Thursday, May 10. The award was presented by Texas CASA CEO Vicki Spriggs, along with Child Advocates – CASA of the Red River Executive Director Laura Grimsinger.
Representative Frank was recognized for his leadership in enacting significant legislation to improve the child protection system during the 85th Regular Session of the legislature, and for his family’s commitment to vulnerable children as foster and adoptive parents. Specifically, he was honored for authoring House Bill 5, which made the Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) a free-standing agency, thereby allowing the agency to operate more nimbly and enhancing its voice for children at the Capitol. He also sponsored Senate Bill 11, the most far-reaching child protection reform bill of the 2017 session, which expanded Community Based Care, required medical exams for children entering state care within three business days, and other significant provisions. Spriggs also lauded him and his wife, Alisha, for their “leading by example” as foster and adoptive parents.