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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!

Omnibus CPS Reform Bill: Senate Bill 11

Leading members in the Texas Senate have introduced Senate Bill 11, which is likely to be the omnibus CPS reform bill that comes out of the Senate this session. There are a number of significant provisions in SB 11 that Texas CASA supports, including our efforts to consolidate all abuse and neglect investigations under CPS…. Read more »

Judge Janis Jack Issues Interim Order Pushing Foster Care System Reform

Judge Janis Jack issued a Federal Court Interim Order on Jan. 9 that puts into effect, or requires additional study and planning for, many of the Special Masters’ recommendations to address and remedy the constitutional violations Judge Jack found in her December 2015 ruling. Taken together, these changes would require far-reaching changes to the CPS system. We… Read more »

CASA of Tarrant County LAT In Action

Members of the CASA of Tarrant County Legislative Advocacy Team (LAT) met with Representative Stephanie Klick on Jan. 3 to discuss Texas CASA’s legislative priorities for the 85th Legislative Session. Topics covered included the consolidation of all child abuse and neglect investigations under CPS, and normalcy in foster homes; as well as thanking her for her support… Read more »

LATs: Keep in the Loop with our Google Group!

Calling all Legislative Advocacy Teams (LATs)! Have you been receiving email communications from Legislative Advocacy Coordinator Jennifer Limas-Mota through the CASA LAT Google Group? If you have not, you can stay connected to the latest LAT news by joining the group by clicking the button below. JOIN THE CASA LATS GOOGLE GROUP Please note that this… Read more »

Webinar: Priorities for the 85th Legislative Session

In preparation for the upcoming legislative session, the Texas CASA Public Policy team is presenting a webinar on Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017, from 12-1 p.m. that will cover Texas CASA’s legislative priorities for the 85th Session. Topics will include budget priorities, examining foster care placement issues, and reforming child abuse and neglect investigations for children in state care…. Read more »

Texas CASA Supports LATs as They Prepare for Session

In the last two weeks, Texas CASA has conducted three different information sessions about the upcoming legislative session and our legislative priorities. We have been to CASA of Williamson County and CASA of Travis County, and participated in a phone call with Dallas CASA as well. The support and help that we receive from our… Read more »

The 85th Session Is Just Around the Corner & Many Bills Have Already Been Filed!

Bill filing for the 85th Legislative Session began on Nov. 14, and dozens of child welfare bills have already been filed. The currently filed child welfare bills address issues such as: Paying monthly stipends for kinship caregivers, Creating easier access to targeted case management for high-needs foster children, and Broadening student loan repayment opportunities for caseworkers. The… Read more »

Child Welfare Year in Review

The past year was difficult and truly momentous for child welfare in Texas. Many of you will have heard on the news and read in your papers the problems and challenges that our child welfare system and CPS have been facing, and to help you stay informed on the bigger picture as we head into… Read more »