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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!

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 »

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. JUNE 2017 Texas Tries (Again) to Reboot… 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 »

CASA Legislative Action Teams Help Support Legislative Efforts

Texas CASA Legislative Action Teams (LATs) have been working hard to support the Texas CASA Public Policy Team’s legislative efforts. In the last few weeks we have issued over 24 action alerts to our LAT groups asking them to act in support of legislative efforts. Additionally, many of our advocates have lent their voice to… Read more »

85th Legislature Entering Home Stretch

With the 85th Regular Session of the Texas Legislature scheduled to adjourn on May 29, roughly a month remains in the 140-day session. The pace and activity in both the House and the Senate increases dramatically until procedural deadlines begin to limit certain legislative actions. The first major procedural deadline occurs on May 11 in… Read more »

34th Annual TNOYS Conference on Services to Youth & Family

The Texas Network of Youth Services (TNOYS) is hosting their 34th annual conference from June 27-30 at the Westin Galleria in Houston. Conference attendees can look forward to lively keynote speakers, interactive workshops, and fun networking events that will incorporate this year’s theme, “Many Voices, One Song.” Click here to find out more information or… Read more »

Budget Conferees Named, House-Senate Deliberations Begin

Both the Senate and the House have passed their respective versions of Senate Bill 1, the General Appropriations Act or state budget. Both bodies have also now named the five members of the Conference Committee that will represent them in final budget deliberations. In the Senate, the conferees are Senators Jane Nelson (chair), Juan “Chuy”… Read more »