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 »
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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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Texas CASA is proud to have partnered with Texans Care for Children over the last year as they researched and studied the issue of teen pregnancy in the Texas child welfare system. On April 16, Texans Care released their final report entitled Fostering Healthy Texas Lives: Strategies to Prevent Teen Pregnancy in Foster Care and Support… Read more »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »