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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!

Rep. James Frank Recognized with Big Voices for Little Texans® Award

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… Read more »

9th Annual Education Reach for Texans Conference on June 1-2 in Denton

CASA program staff, volunteers and others who are interested in learning more about supporting foster youth and alumni in attending college or preparing for post-secondary educational opportunities should consider registering for Education Reach for Texans’ upcoming conference. The 9th Annual Education Reach for Texans Conference will be hosted by North Central Texas Community College (NCTC), Texas Woman’s… Read more »

CASA Participation Needed for Children’s Commission Legal Representation Survey

The Supreme Court of Texas Children’s Commission is implementing a comprehensive study of the legal representation provided to parents and children in child protection cases. The goal of the study is to capture the most accurate picture possible of how legal representation of parents and children in CPS cases is currently functioning and how it… Read more »

Save the Date for Texas CASA’s 2018 Child Welfare Primer

The Texas CASA Public Affairs team is already hard at work planning for our 2018 Child Welfare Primer – Moving Toward a Child, Youth & Family-Centered System: Opportunities in Court & Service Planning. This year’s Primer is taking place on July 26, 2018, from approximately 8 a.m. – 4 p.m., at the Norris Conference Center in… Read more »

Senate Holds Important Interim Hearing on Child Welfare Issues

On March 22, the Senate Health and Human Services Committee held an all-day hearing on its interim charges related to child welfare and substance abuse. The committee heard testimony from the Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS), the Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC), invited guests and the public on the following topics: The… Read more »

TNOYS 35th Annual Conference on Service to Youth & Families

Registration is open for the Texas Network of Youth Services (TNOYS) Annual Conference, taking place in Houston on June 6-8, and for the pre-conference institutes on June 5. Register today and join TNOYS for interactive workshops, fun networking opportunities and engaging speakers! While youth have been participating in the conference for several years now, this… Read more »

Symposium on Organizational Excellence in Austin April 9

The Texas Center for Child and Family Studies is hosting the first-ever Symposium on Organizational Excellence on April 9, an opportunity for agencies to come together to learn how to improve operations, policies and practices so that we can better provide for Texas’s most vulnerable children and families. The Center is a 501c3 subsidiary of the… Read more »

Upcoming Legislative Hearings on Child Protection Issues

Both Texas Senate and House committees will hold hearings on important child protection issues during March. The Senate Health and Human Services Committee will hold two days of hearings on March 21 and 22. The first day will focus primarily on Medicaid-related issues. The second day, March 22, includes four specific issue-area charges to be… Read more »

Watch & Share: Texas CASA 85th Legislative Session Update Video Series

Texas CASA, along with some of our child welfare advocacy partners, created a series of eight videos to break down some of the laws passed during the 85th Legislative Session – focusing on the most important issue areas impacting foster children and youth. Over the past few months, we have been introducing the videos to help… Read more »

Watch Emily’s Dragon

Watch the world premiere of our new short film, Emily’s Dragon, and learn how CASA plays a part in Emily’s journey through the child welfare system.

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