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 »
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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 CEO Vicki Spriggs evaluated the significant steps taken in the 85th Legislative Session, and what they mean for Texas children, in her recent op-ed for the San Antonio Express-News. “Lawmakers took meaningful steps to change the fate of Texas children. We continue to move forward from here. It will take time, it will… Read more »
In addition to the Texas CASA legislative summary for the 85th Legislative Session recently prepared by our Public Policy team, two other groups have created legislative summary documents that may be useful and informative: Texans Care for Children has a summary that looks at the broad range of legislative issues affecting children in Texas: Texas Children and… Read more »
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 »
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 »
After a grueling and highly contentious 140-day Regular Session, the Texas Legislature adjourned Sine Die on May 29. The legislature approved a $217 billion two-year budget, which includes more than $500 million in increased funding for Child Protective Services (CPS). The budget bill, SB 1, now goes to Gov. Greg Abbott for his approval and any… Read more »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »