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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!

Federal Appeals Court Overturns Ruling Against Indian Child Welfare Act

A three judge panel of the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans overturned a lower court ruling that declared the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) unconstitutional. ICWA is a 1978 federal law that established a preference for Native American children to remain with their families or other recognized members of their tribe. The original ruling by a federal… Read more »

DFPS Releases Foster Care Needs Assessment & Rider 21 Report

The Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) has released the required Foster Care Needs Assessment and the “Rider 21” annual performance evaluation on Community-Based Care (CBC). Learn more about each report below. Foster Care Needs Assessment The Foster Care Needs Assessment is released each year in accordance with state law. DFPS data is extrapolated… Read more »

86th Legislative Session Recap Webinar Now Available

Texas CASA and the local CASA programs worked hard over the course of the 86th Legislative Session to pass some important legislation aimed at improving the lives of children and youth in the child welfare system. You can learn all about the major outcomes of the session in our recently recorded post session webinar. Topics… Read more »

5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Rules on Texas Foster Care System Lawsuit

A federal appeals court ruled on the long-running Texas foster care system lawsuit on Monday, July 8, 2019. The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals overturned certain mandated fixes to the Texas foster care system, including an overhaul to the way the state tracks and records information about foster care children. The court upheld, however, other requirements, including… Read more »

Texas First Lady Hosts Tea with CASA Executive Directors

On June 25, 2019, CASA Executive Directors from programs all across the state got the opportunity to attend tea with Texas First Lady Cecilia Abbott. The First Lady arranged the event in the effort to gain a better understanding of CASA’s role within the foster care system, as well as the relationship CASA has within… Read more »

86th Legislative Session Webinar & Outcomes Webpage

Texas CASA and the local CASA programs worked hard over the course of the 86th Legislative Session to pass some important legislation aimed at improving the lives of children and youth in the child welfare system. Check out our 86th Legislative Session Outcomes page for session recaps from Texas CASA and other organizations, as well as overviews… Read more »

Funding Outcomes from the 86th Legislative Session

The 86th Legislative Session adjourned on Monday, May 27, 2019. The Appropriations Bill (House Bill 1) was passed and has been sent to the Governor. Now, the Governor has 20 days after the final day of the session to sign or veto the bill. If neither action is taken, the bill becomes law without the… Read more »

CASA Deep Dive: Key Outcomes of the 86th Texas Legislative Session

To keep you informed and inspired during the 86th Legislative Session, Texas CASA is taking the next few months to dive in to some of our key legislative priorities. Read more about our legislative priorities and our work leading up to, and during, the session. The 86th Legislative Session officially came to a close on Memorial Day… Read more »

A Texas-sized Thank You to the Reissa Foundation!

The Reissa Foundation recently awarded Texas CASA $25,000 to support our public policy work on the statewide and local level. This was an extra-special donation, both for Texas CASA and the Reissa Foundation, as we were also their 100th grantee! With these 100 grants, the Foundation has distributed over $5,000,000 in under three years to… Read more »