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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. october 2017 Community Impact: Harris County Protective Services… Read more »

CASA of Denton County Hosts Legislative Session Outcome Event

CASA of Denton County recently held a legislative session outcome event for their local advocates. The 20 participants discussed legislation that affects the child protection system and its combined impact on CASA programs, the legal process, and service delivery for children and families. What a great example of continued legislative advocacy engagement! Thinking about hosting… Read more »

Texas CASA Public Policy Team Hosts Regional Legislative Update Trainings

The Texas CASA Public Policy team hit the road this month to share information and discuss legislative outcomes and changes resulting from actions by the 85th Legislature. So far, the team has visited Midland to update the West Texas programs, Mount Pleasant for the East Texas programs and Dallas for the Northern region. These regional trainings… Read more »

Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute Releases Trauma-informed Care Report

In order to best support children and youth in the child welfare system, it is critical to understand trauma and how to care for children in a way that builds positive relationships, helps the healing process, and promotes resilience and success. To assist in this goal, the Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute (MMHPI) partnered with… Read more »

Access CASA Resources on Legislative Changes & Outcomes

The regular 85th Texas Legislative Session ended on May 29, 2017, and during the session, lawmakers worked hard to improve the state’s child welfare system, adopting several bills focused on young Texans in foster care. Texas CASA has compiled important information and resources to help CASA program staff, volunteer advocates, and other interested parties understand these… Read more »

Special Session Continues, Child Protection Issues Not on Agenda

The current Special Session of the legislature began on July 18 and continues to move forward with the Senate passing legislation addressing most of the issues included in Governor Abbott’s agenda. The Texas House is taking a more deliberate pace in addressing bills. Texas CASA staff is monitoring the legislative process but child protection issues… 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 »