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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!

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. APRIL 2017 Dallas News: Battle may be… Read more »

SB 1 Impact on CASA Funding Requests

The full Texas Senate approved Senate Bill 1, the state budget bill, on Tuesday, March 28. It will now go the Texas House where the full House is expected to debate the bill on April 7. Funding for the 2018-19 biennium totals $217.7 billion from all funding sources, which represents an overall increase of slightly… Read more »

Texas CASA Computer Bill Passes Unanimously Out of Committee

On March 27, Senate Bill 78 passed unanimously out of the Business and Commerce Committee. We are hopeful that it will pass the full Senate in the next week. The bill would name Texas CASA as an eligible recipient of state surplus computers refurbished by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice Computer Recovery Program, which… Read more »

Texas CASA Testifies on 5 Bills in 2 Weeks, Including 3 Omnibus Bills

More than 400 child welfare bills have been filed this session, and the Texas CASA Public Policy team has been working hard representing the CASA network and the best interests of children in CPS. On March 20, Texas CASA testified in support of HB 7, HB 39 and HB 1549, all large omnibus bills with… Read more »

Legislature Reaches 60-Day Mark, Action Continues

The 85th Legislature reached an important milestone on Friday, March 10 – the 60th day of the session, which is the bill filing deadline. This deadline means that no more new bills can be filed, which also often signals a significant increase in legislative activity as legislators work to pass their bills. Budget hearings have been… Read more »

CASA of Collin County LAT Testifies on HB 1620

Wanda Brice, volunteer and Legislative Advocacy Team (LAT) member with CASA of Collin County, testified on Monday, March 13, in the House Human Services Committee in support of Rep. Scott Sanford’s House Bill 1620. The bill relates to a voluntary temporary caregiver program providing temporary care for children removed from their homes. Watch the testimony… Read more »

Texas CASA Computer Bill Is Heard in the Senate

On March 14, Senate Bill 78 was heard in the Business and Commerce Committee. The bill would name Texas CASA as an eligible recipient of state surplus computers refurbished by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice Computer Recovery Program. This would allow the CASA network to distribute needed computers to foster youth across Texas. For… Read more »

DFPS Releases Foster Care Needs Assessment Report

DFPS released the Foster Care Needs Assessment report on Friday, Feb. 24. This report, which DFPS will produce annually, breaks down foster care capacity and capacity needs in a variety of ways – by county, by region and by catchment area. It also identifies areas and counties with the greatest shortages/capacity needs. Download Foster Care Needs Assessment We… Read more »

Texas CASA Presents at the Christian Life Commission’s Advocacy Day

Texas CASA was honored to present to nearly 50 individuals from across Texas who were in Austin to meet with their legislators during the Christian Life Commission’s Advocacy Day. Public Policy Coordinator Sarah Crockett presented on current challenges in foster care and the role that CASA volunteers play in the child welfare system. Participants also… Read more »

Texas CASA Testifies in Support of House Bill 249

Public Policy Coordinator Sarah Crockett testified before the House Human Services Committee on Monday, Feb. 27 in support of House Bill 249. HB 249, by Representative Ana Hernandez, was amended to be a stand-alone bill for the investigation consolidation portions of Senate Bill 11, which is a top legislative priority for Texas CASA. Watch the HB 249… Read more »