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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!

DFPS Creates a New Investigations Division

One of Texas CASA’s top legislative priorities for the 85th Session was to consolidate all abuse and neglect investigations within Child Protective Services (CPS), while moving the regulatory functions of Child Care Licensing (CCL) to the Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC). The legislature enacted this in three different pieces of legislation (SB 11, HB 5… Read more »

Videos: Understanding Laws Passed During the 85th Legislative Session

Texas CASA, along with some of our child welfare advocacy partners, created a series of videos to break down some of the laws passed during the 85th Legislative Session – focusing on the most important issue areas impacting foster children and youth. We have been introducing different videos to help you better understand these changes and… Read more »

Texas CASA Public Policy Team to Host LIVE Online Legislative Update

Now that the 85th Legislative Session has come and gone, we have entered the stage of the legislative cycle when policies are implemented into practice. Join the Texas CASA Public Policy team for an update on the implications of new legislation and its impact on child welfare. The discussion will take place LIVE online on… 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 »

Watch July Legislative Update Webinar Series from the Texas CASA Public Policy Team

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 »

Watch Emily’s Dragon

Watch the world premiere of our new short film, Emily’s Dragon, and learn how CASA plays a part in Emily’s journey through the child welfare system.

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