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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 Developing Single Child’s Plan of Service Initiative

As part of DFPS Transformation, the Single Child’s Plan of Service initiative is meant to increase collaboration between CPS, parents, caregivers and contracted placements on the development of a single child’s plan of service rather than having two plans (one created by CPS and one by the placement entity). Click here for background information, time… Read more »

Update on Federal CPS Lawsuit

The State of Texas was denied in legal efforts to stop court-directed evaluation and planning by two special masters to improve aspects of the state’s child protection system. Following her court ruling last December that found parts of the Texas child protection system unconstitutional, Judge Janis Jack ordered the appointment of two special masters to… Read more »

DFPS Commissioner Whitman Issues 10-Point Priority Plan for CPS

New DFPS Commissioner Hank Whitman released a letter to Governor Abbott on July 5 laying out his “10-point plan for CPS.” Highlights include: All 10 CPS regional directors must reapply for their jobs. CPS Transformation will continue. CPS will work with the Texas Department of Public Safety to develop a team of “information analysts” to… Read more »

Texas CASA Testifies at House Human Services Committee Meeting July 12

The House Human Services Committee held a lengthy, interim hearing on a number of important issues related to CPS, foster care and adoption on July 12. Read a news article about the hearing. The interim charge reads: Examine the Department of Family and Protective Services’ policies and procedures, including prevention measures and resources, dedicated to… Read more »

Texas CASA Board Approves Legislative Priorities

The Texas CASA Board of Directors considered and approved our Legislative Priorities for the 2017 legislative session at their Friday, June 24, meeting. Texas CASA staff had been soliciting input on legislative and policy issues since January. The Board Public Policy committee oversaw the development of the draft Legislative Priorities. In addition, Texas CASA conducted… Read more »

House County Affairs Committee Looking at CPS Problems

The Texas House of Representatives County Affairs Committee, chaired by Houston Representative Garnet Coleman, has begun looking at issues and problems in the child protection system during its interim hearings. Although the committee was not charged with studying this issue by the Speaker, Chairman Coleman is deeply concerned about problems at DFPS. After an initial… Read more »

Survey of CASA Executive Directors on Legislative Issues

Fifty-six CASA program Executive Directors recently responded to a short survey given as part of the process to develop the Texas CASA legislative priorities for the 2017 session. The purpose of the survey was to collect information on a number of issues and problems affecting the child protection system. Although Texas CASA’s Public Policy team has not… Read more »

Update on Federal Lawsuit against CPS

As Texas CASA has previously reported, Judge Janis Jack found elements of Texas’ child protection system unconstitutional in a ruling last December. As a means to provide remedies to address the violations, she appointed two Special Masters earlier this year, and they have begun developing a work plan to identify issues and problems, as well… Read more »