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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!

Texans Care for Children Releases Paper on Federal Family First Act

The advocacy group Texans Care for Children has released an issue brief explaining the federal Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA), which, in addition to highlighting several key components of the FFPSA, also identifies key questions and challenges Texas faces in implementing the law. The Family First Act makes significant changes in allowable uses of… Read more »

Refurbished Computers Available to Youth Served by CASA

Has your local program taken advantage of Computers for CASA? Launched on Feb. 1, the Computers for CASA program gives CASA programs the ability to request Texas’ state agency surplus computers to distribute to CASA children and youth. This program was made possible thanks to our shared legislative advocacy efforts to pass Senate Bill 78, by… Read more »

Texas CASA Invites You to the 2018 Child Welfare Primer

Texas CASA extends an invitation to our network and our partners to participate in the 2018 Child Welfare Primer on Thursday, July 26, 2018! The event will take place at the Norris Conference Center in Austin. Programming and discussion will be in depth and collaborative, and focused on child and family engagement in the court and legal process,… Read more »

Legislative Advocacy Teams Continue Their Interim Work

Many of Texas CASA’s 26 Legislative Advocacy Teams (LATs) continue to work within their communities this interim legislative year to strengthen their relationships with their elected officials. Teams are making district legislative office visits, increasing their education on issue areas and growing their groups through recruitment and action planning. Additionally, LATs have contributed their ideas… Read more »

Video: My Voice Matters: The Value of Youth Voice in Court

Texas Network of Youth Services (TNOYS) has released a video called “My Voice Matters: The Value of Youth Voice in Court,” to help legal professionals understand the importance of youth voice and ways they can help ensure youth are heard in court proceedings that affect them. The video features interviews with foster youth and child welfare… Read more »

Texas CASA Awarded Hogg Foundation Grant for Mental Health Policy Fellow

Texas CASA was recently awarded a grant from the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health. The grant will provide for a Mental Health Policy Fellow who will work with our Public Affairs team to further our leadership and understanding in the areas of mental health and trauma-informed care. Hogg Policy Fellows are usually recent graduates of… Read more »

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 »

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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