As required by legislation passed during the 86th Legislative Session, the Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) has begun to meet with a variety of stakeholders, including local CASA Executive Directors and the Child Protection Roundtable, about how it should implement the federal Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA) in Texas.
Texas CASA invited several Executive Directors from across Texas to meet with the Associate Commissioner for Child Protective Services (CPS), Kristene Blackstone, following the final session at the 2019 Texas CASA Conference. Blackstone asked for feedback on a variety of topics related to FFPSA, including the services offered in the Family-Based Safety Services program, the quality of residential treatment providers and services for kinship families. The nine Executive Directors gave great feedback and had a variety of ideas on how the state should move forward.
In addition to participating in the post-conference meeting, Texas CASA also participated in a stakeholder meeting as a part of the Child Protection Roundtable. Several members of DFPS staff were in attendance and received feedback from child welfare advocacy groups about their ideas, concerns and priorities for FFPSA implementation. Texas CASA will continue to distribute information about FFPSA as it becomes available and will continue to engage as the state makes plans for implementing this important federal law.
For more information about FFPSA, please watch our recent webinar or check out the FFPSA page on the DFPS website. If you have any questions or concerns about the Family First Act, please email the Public Policy team at [email]firstname.lastname@example.org[/email].