Texas CASA’s Senior Public Policy Associate Sarah Crockett, joined by former DFPS Commissioner Anne Heiligenstein of Casey Family Programs, hosted a webinar about the new Family First Prevention Services Act and what it means for Texas’ foster care system. The webinar covers what changes to expect and how this legislation aims to keep more families… 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!
A three judge panel of the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans overturned a lower court ruling that declared the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) unconstitutional. ICWA is a 1978 federal law that established a preference for Native American children to remain with their families or other recognized members of their tribe. The original ruling by a federal… Read more »
The Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) has released the required Foster Care Needs Assessment and the “Rider 21” annual performance evaluation on Community-Based Care (CBC). Learn more about each report below. Foster Care Needs Assessment The Foster Care Needs Assessment is released each year in accordance with state law. DFPS data is extrapolated… Read more »
Texas CASA and the local CASA programs worked hard over the course of the 86th Legislative Session to pass some important legislation aimed at improving the lives of children and youth in the child welfare system. You can learn all about the major outcomes of the session in our recently recorded post session webinar. Topics… Read more »
Texas CASA’s Public Policy team will be hosting two webinars to share information about how Community-Based Care (CBC) and the Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA) will affect the CASA network and the populations we serve. In February 2018, Congress authorized the FFPSA, providing states with new flexibility in how they can use Federal Title… Read more »
A federal appeals court ruled on the long-running Texas foster care system lawsuit on Monday, July 8, 2019. The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals overturned certain mandated fixes to the Texas foster care system, including an overhaul to the way the state tracks and records information about foster care children. The court upheld, however, other requirements, including… Read more »
On June 25, 2019, CASA Executive Directors from programs all across the state got the opportunity to attend tea with Texas First Lady Cecilia Abbott. The First Lady arranged the event in the effort to gain a better understanding of CASA’s role within the foster care system, as well as the relationship CASA has within… Read more »
Texas CASA and the local CASA programs worked hard over the course of the 86th Legislative Session to pass some important legislation aimed at improving the lives of children and youth in the child welfare system. Check out our 86th Legislative Session Outcomes page for session recaps from Texas CASA and other organizations, as well as overviews… Read more »
The 86th Legislative Session adjourned on Monday, May 27, 2019. The Appropriations Bill (House Bill 1) was passed and has been sent to the Governor. Now, the Governor has 20 days after the final day of the session to sign or veto the bill. If neither action is taken, the bill becomes law without the… Read more »
To keep you informed and inspired during the 86th Legislative Session, Texas CASA is taking the next few months to dive in to some of our key legislative priorities. Read more about our legislative priorities and our work leading up to, and during, the session. The 86th Legislative Session officially came to a close on Memorial Day… Read more »