The advocacy group Texans Care for Children has released an issue brief explaining the federal Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA), which, in addition to highlighting several key components of the FFPSA, also identifies key questions and challenges Texas faces in implementing the law. The Family First Act makes significant changes in allowable uses of… Read more »
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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!
Has your local program taken advantage of Computers for CASA? Launched on Feb. 1, the Computers for CASA program gives CASA programs the ability to request Texas’ state agency surplus computers to distribute to CASA children and youth. This program was made possible thanks to our shared legislative advocacy efforts to pass Senate Bill 78, by… Read more »
Texas CASA extends an invitation to our network and our partners to participate in the 2018 Child Welfare Primer on Thursday, July 26, 2018! The event will take place at the Norris Conference Center in Austin. Programming and discussion will be in depth and collaborative, and focused on child and family engagement in the court and legal process,… Read more »
Many of Texas CASA’s 26 Legislative Advocacy Teams (LATs) continue to work within their communities this interim legislative year to strengthen their relationships with their elected officials. Teams are making district legislative office visits, increasing their education on issue areas and growing their groups through recruitment and action planning. Additionally, LATs have contributed their ideas… Read more »
The Texas CASA Public Policy team continues to plan for the Legislative Advocacy Team (LAT) Retreat! The event is scheduled for the evening of Friday, Aug. 17, and all day Saturday, Aug. 18, at the Frank Fickett Scout Training and Service Center in Austin. Programming will center on the Texas CASA legislative priorities and LAT capacity building. Please be… Read more »
Texas Network of Youth Services (TNOYS) has released a video called “My Voice Matters: The Value of Youth Voice in Court,” to help legal professionals understand the importance of youth voice and ways they can help ensure youth are heard in court proceedings that affect them. The video features interviews with foster youth and child welfare… Read more »
Texas CASA was recently awarded a grant from the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health. The grant will provide for a Mental Health Policy Fellow who will work with our Public Affairs team to further our leadership and understanding in the areas of mental health and trauma-informed care. Hogg Policy Fellows are usually recent graduates of… Read more »
State Representative James Frank was recognized with the Texas CASA Big Voices for Little Texans® award during the Child Advocates – CASA of the Red River Volunteer Appreciation Dinner in Wichita Falls on Thursday, May 10. The award was presented by Texas CASA CEO Vicki Spriggs, along with Child Advocates – CASA of the Red… Read more »
Texas CASA is proud to have partnered with Texans Care for Children over the last year as they researched and studied the issue of teen pregnancy in the Texas child welfare system. On April 16, Texans Care released their final report entitled Fostering Healthy Texas Lives: Strategies to Prevent Teen Pregnancy in Foster Care and Support… Read more »
CASA program staff, volunteers and others who are interested in learning more about supporting foster youth and alumni in attending college or preparing for post-secondary educational opportunities should consider registering for Education Reach for Texans’ upcoming conference. The 9th Annual Education Reach for Texans Conference will be hosted by North Central Texas Community College (NCTC), Texas Woman’s… Read more »