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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!

Texas CASA Spotlight: Sarah Crockett

Sarah Crockett is the Public Policy Coordinator for Texas CASA. Sarah grew up in Idaho and has a bachelor’s degree in political science and philosophy from Northwest Nazarene University, and a master’s degree in social work from the University of Michigan in Social Policy and Program Evaluation. Sarah served as associate director of the Texas… Read more »

Texas CASA Testifies at Interim Hearing for House & Human Services Committee

The Texas House and Human Services Committee held its final interim hearing on Tuesday, Nov. 13. Interim charges focused on several foster care issues with an emphasis on trauma-informed care. Texas CASA testified on improving health coverage for youth transitioning out of care and strengthening post-adoption services for adoptive families. To view a recording of… Read more »

Texas Delays Implementation of Family First Prevention Services Act

The U.S. Congress passed the Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA) in February 2018. This law restructured federal child welfare funding, particularly Title IV-E and Title IV-B of the Social Security Act, which Texas uses to pay for services for children in foster care and their families. The FFPSA seeks to reduce the number of… Read more »

DFPS Announces 2nd Pilot Site for Family-Based Safety Services

Nueces County will be the next pilot site for Family-Based Safety Services (FBSS) to roll out. DFPS has been directed to conduct these pilot programs for the following purposes: Increase the quality, availability and effectiveness of family preservation services so more families thrive and avoid future involvement with CPS; Improve the safety, permanency and well-being… Read more »

Federal Judge Issues Orders to CPS after Appellate Ruling

Federal District Judge Janis Jack issued an order on Nov. 20 that could: require CPS to increase staffing for conservatorship and child care licensing workers, cease use of so-called “I see you” workers, prohibit placement of more than six children in foster group homes without overnight supervision, and require a major upgrade of the data… Read more »

Registration for 2019 Capitol Day & Primer Opening Dec. 3

Registration for both the 2019 CASA Day at the Capitol and the Texas CASA Child Welfare Primer will open on Dec. 3, 2018! Stay tuned for an email announcing registration is open. The 2019 CASA Day at the Capitol will take place on Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019. This is the day that CASA advocates from across Texas join together… Read more »

Texas CASA Attends Meadows Mental Health Conference

On Oct. 23-25, the Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute held their annual Engage and Excel Conference in Houston, Texas. Texas CASA attended the conference to hear from a wide range of panelists and speakers discussing how to enhance our behavioral health system in Texas. Part of the dialogue included supporting children’s mental health and well-being… Read more »

First Day of Judicial Summit on Mental Health

Texas CASA attended The Judicial Summit on Mental Health in Houston presented by the Texas Children’s Commission and Texas Judicial Commission on Mental Health. The Summit drew attendees from all across the state including judges, state agency staff, policymakers and several advocacy groups. Speakers presented opportunities for systemic change and how communities can collaborate to… Read more »

House Human Services Committee Hearing Oct. 23

The House Human Services Committee met on Tuesday, Oct. 23, to monitor the activities of HHSC and DFPS and receive updates on certain legislation passed during the 85th Legislative Session. Texas CASA submitted written testimony to the committee. The committee first heard from HHSC, led by new Executive Commissioner Dr. Courtney Phillips. The agency reported on… Read more »

5th Circuit Court of Appeals Rules on Federal CPS Lawsuit

On Oct. 18, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals released an opinion in the state’s appeal of the federal court ruling that found the Texas child welfare system violates the right of children in foster care to “personal security and reasonable safe living conditions.”  The Court of Appeals upheld many but not all of the remedies ordered… Read more »

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