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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!

Watch July Legislative Update Webinar Series from the Texas CASA Public Policy Team

The Texas CASA Public Policy team hosted a series of three webinars in July covering the recently concluded 85th Regular Legislative Session, legislative outcomes and the specific impact of legislation on CASA programs and child advocacy. Click here to watch the recorded webinars and for more information. As always, if you have any questions about the… Read more »

NEW Texas Higher Education Foster Care Liaisons Information & Reference Guide

During the 84th Legislative Session in 2015, Texas CASA championed HB 3748 that requires all higher education institutions to designate at least one employee as a liaison for current and incoming students who are former foster youth. To help these liaisons make the greatest impact for foster youth, the Texas Institute for Child & Family… 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. JULY 2017 Houston Chronicle: Harris County Attorney files… Read more »

Texas CASA Accomplishes Many Top Legislative Priorities This Session

Texas CASA prepares and adopts our legislative priorities before each legislative session, and works on a range of legislation and funding issues based on these priorities as well as other emerging issues and legislation that affect the child protection system. The following summarizes the successes and outcomes for CASA legislative priority items from the 85th Regular Session: HB 249 (Rep…. Read more »

Additional Information on Legislative Outcomes to Come, Please Provide Feedback

In addition to these Capitol Beat updates, please continue to utilize our Bill Tracker, which is in the process of being updated, for information on legislation of interest to CASA. Please also be aware that Texas CASA staff are developing materials to provide greater detail on all the important legislative changes and funding decisions that have… Read more »

Legislative Advocacy Teams (LATs) Provide Strong Voice for CASA During 85th Session

The regular 85th Legislative Session was a challenging 140 days – a challenge that the Texas CASA Public Policy team could not have met without the support of the Legislative Advocacy Teams (LATs) across the state. This session, these teams worked tirelessly to build strong relationships with their legislators, and empowered themselves to take action in support of… Read more »

2017 CASA Day at the Capitol Video

Representatives from more than 40 of the 71 local CASA programs across the state traveled to Austin on February 16 for CASA Day at the Capitol, the one day each legislative session that the CASA community comes together to bring attention to improving outcomes for children and youth in foster care. More than 300 CASA… Read more »