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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!

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 »

Save the Dates! 2018 Child Welfare Primer & Legislative Advocacy Team Retreat

Please save the date for the 2018 Texas CASA Child Welfare Primer on Thursday, July 26. The Primer will be focused on child and family engagement in the court and legal process, as well as the service planning process. The 2018 Legislative Advocacy Team (LAT) Retreat is scheduled for the evening of Friday, Aug. 17, and all day Saturday, Aug. 18. Both… Read more »

New Federal Foster Care Funding Changes

As part of recent efforts to resolve federal budget issues, Congress unexpectedly passed and President Trump signed into law significant changes to allowable uses of Title IV-E funding, the primary source of federal funding for foster care programs. The new provisions expand the use of these funds for certain types of services intended to keep… Read more »

Child Welfare News Clips of Interest

Make sure you’re in the loop on current happenings in child welfare at both the state and national levels by browsing news clips of interest selected by our Public Policy team. This page will be continually updated as news stories come up, with the most recent stories at the top. BROWSE BY YEAR: 2018 | 2017| 2016 MARCH 2018… Read more »

Computers for CASA Program Launches Feb. 1

Passed during the 85th Legislative Session, Senate Bill 78 by Senator Jane Nelson gives CASA programs access to Texas’ state agency surplus computers to distribute to children and youth served by CASA. Texas CASA has been hard at work to implement this new program, Computers for CASA, and is excited to announce that local CASA… Read more »

Sweeping Final Order Issued in Federal CPS Lawsuit; Stay Issued to Prevent Implementation

In major developments in the long-running federal lawsuit and ruling regarding Texas’ child protection system, Judge Janis Jack issued a final order requiring DFPS to implement nearly 100 changes to the CPS system, but implementation of that order was stayed by subsequent judicial action. The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals will hold an initial hearing on this stay on… Read more »

New Child Protection Law Section of the State Bar of Texas

According to the Children’s Commission’s most recent letter for judges and attorneys, on Friday, Jan. 26, the Board of Directors of the State Bar of Texas voted to approve the formation of the newest member Section: the Child Protection Law Section. According to the State Bar of Texas, Sections are “designed to offer closer association… 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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