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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!

Update on CASA Funding

The Appropriations Bill, House Bill 1, is entering the final stages of negotiation. The House and Senate have each passed their proposed budgets. Last week, conference committee members were appointed and they have begun the hard work of reconciling the two budget proposals. The conferees include: Senate: Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, chairwoman Joan Huffman, R-Houston Lois… Read more »

Texas CASA Public Policy Team in Action

Texas CASA’s Public Policy team continues to represent the voice of CASA before the legislature. Public Policy Executive Director Andy Homer testified before the House Human Services Committee on Chairman James Frank’s House Bill 3331 at the hearing on April 2. HB 3331 makes a number of changes in the Family Code relating to procedures… Read more »

Texas CASA Testifies in the House

Texas CASA’s Public Policy team testified before the House Human Services Committee on Tuesday, March 12, in support of House Bill 1709 by Rep. Mary Gonzalez. This bill cleans up several provisions related to the appointment of surrogate parents for students with disabilities who are in the conservatorship of the Department of Family and Protective Services… Read more »

CASA Deep Dive: Legislative Priorities – Addressing Educational Challenges for Students in Foster Care

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. TEXAS CASA LEGISLATIVE PRIORITY Support policies that improve educational outcomes for children… Read more »

GRAND PREMIERE: 2019 CASA Day at the Capitol Highlight Video!

Texas CASA is excited to announce the premiere of our 2019 CASA Day at the Capitol highlight video! On Feb. 5, 2019, a sea of CASA blue filled the Texas State Capitol. Texas CASA brought together more than 200 members of the CASA network from across the state to meet with lawmakers about Texas CASA’s… Read more »

Texas CASA Testifies to Committees on Funding Issues

Texas CASA’s Public Policy team testified before the Senate Finance Committee on Wednesday, Feb. 6, in support of increased funding for CASA programs, continued funding for Collaborative Family Engagement, increased funding for substance abuse treatment, and funding for a placement portal to improve placement stability and proximity. View the recorded hearing. What’s more, Texas CASA also testified… Read more »

Key Legislative Committees Get New Leaders & Members

With the appointment of committees in both the Texas House and Senate for the 86th Legislature, there are new chairpersons for the Senate Health and Human Services Committee and the House Human Services Committee, the primary committees where child protection legislation is considered. Sen. Lois Kolkhorst (R-Brenham) will serve as Chair of the Senate committee, while Rep. James Frank (R-Wichita Falls) has been… Read more »

2019 Child Welfare Primer & Capitol Day a Great Success!

On Feb. 4, Texas CASA hosted local CASA programs and child welfare advocates from across the state for the 2019 Texas CASA Child Welfare Primer to discuss legislative advocacy, substance abuse and the importance of normalcy for children in the child welfare system. In the morning, the Texas CASA Public Policy team discussed important legislative… Read more »