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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.

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Register for the Texas CASA Legislative Advocacy Webinar Series!

Texas CASA’s Public Policy team is conducting monthly webinars leading up to the 87th Legislative Session, which will convene in January 2021. These webinars will touch on CASA legislative advocacy topics – from our legislative priorities to the nuts and bolts of what Legislative Advocacy Teams (LATs) do during session. REGISTER FOR THE WEBINAR SERIES… Read more »

NEW! Health Advocacy Guide: How CASA Volunteers Can Support Medical & Mental Healthcare for Children in Foster Care

Introducing our new Health Advocacy Guide! The advocacy of CASA volunteers is vital to promoting the well-being and health of children and youth in foster care. Texas CASA wants to ensure that volunteers have the most up-to-date resources and information in order to advocate for the best possible medical and mental healthcare for the children… Read more »

From the Courtroom to the Capitol: Texas CASA’s Legislative Priorities for the 87th Legislative Session

As the statewide CASA membership organization, Texas CASA’s mission is twofold: To support local CASA volunteer advocacy programs and to advocate for effective public policy for children and families in the child protection system. In other words, our legislative and policy work is just as core and critical to our work as the trainings, resources and… Read more »

June 2020 Court Monitors Report Summary

Following a mandate by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, the Monitors of the Texas Foster Care System have released their first report. The Monitors ultimately concluded that more than two years after the Court issued its Final Order on the Texas child welfare system, the system “continues to expose children in… Read more »

What the Federal Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA) Means for Texas

The federal Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA), passed in 2018, intends to help child welfare systems across the U.S. keep more families together and create better outcomes for children who have to be in foster care. It changes the way the federal government funds child welfare systems to incentivize these goals. The FFPSA will… Read more »

The Foster Care Ombudsman: What You & Youth in Foster Care Should Know!

The Foster Care Ombudsman’s office exists solely to help youth who are having problems with programs and services, whose rights may be being violated, who may be experiencing abuse or neglect in their placements or who have other issues or questions they need help with. In the last year, more youth than ever contacted the… Read more »

Texas House Speaker Releases House Interim Charges

The Office of Speaker Dennis Bonnen has released a list of interim charges for respective House committees to examine over the interim and leading into the 2021 Legislative Session. Committees are assigned these charges and also may review other issues within their jurisdiction. View the interim charges report The House Committee on Human Services is… Read more »

Texas House Human Services Committee Holds First Interim Hearing

The Texas House Human Services Committee held their first interim hearing on Nov. 12, 2019. The committee heard updates on Medicaid 1115 waivers, the implementation and rollout of Community-Based Care, and the implementation of the Family First Prevention Services Act. Much of the six-hour hearing was dedicated to hearing testimony on the Department of Family… Read more »

Watch Education Benefits for Foster Care Alumni Webinar

Texas CASA recently hosted a webinar focused on education benefits available to foster care alumni. In this hour-long webinar, Jamie Bernstein, Assistant Director for The Supreme Court of Texas Children’s Commission, gives an overview of the tuition and fee waiver and Brandi Purswell, ETV Specialist from BCFS Health and Human Services talks in depth about… Read more »

First Public Policy Regional Training at CASA of the Coastal Bend

Texas CASA’s Public Policy team is hitting the road and coming to your region soon to host trainings that will help staff and volunteers learn more of the coming changes with the Family First Prevention Services Act and implementation of Community-Based Care. The first regional training took place on Nov. 7 at CASA of the Coastal… Read more »