The Children’s Commission recently released a study on legal representation in child protection cases. The study was mandated in House Bill 7 during the 2017 Legislative Session. The surveys and final report were developed by the Children’s Commission staff; working in concert with its Legal Representation Committee, DFPS and The University of Texas at Austin… 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!
The Texas Alliance of Child and Family Services’ Center for Child and Family Studies will hold a Symposium on Foster Care in Austin on Sept. 5. Get the details on their website. Upbring is also hosting its annual Trauma-Informed Care Conference on Saturday, Sept. 22. It will be held in Flower Mound, Texas. Visit the… Read more »
DFPS recently released its foster care needs assessment report, which provides important information showing foster care capacity broken down by Community Based Care catchment areas. The data in the report enable analysis and understanding of the sufficiency of placement capacity and types of residential capacity in the 17 identified catchment areas. This is designed to help… Read more »
DFPS released the “Rider 21” report on Community Based Care (CBC), which is a required annual report on the performance of the contracts under CBC. The report is a comparative analysis between the legacy system and the redesigned CBC catchment areas. The report centers around the only contract that is actively in Stage 1 of CBC: Our… Read more »
Texas CASA and Child Advocates, Inc. recognized exceptional leadership by State Representatives Sarah Davis and Gene Wu on behalf of children in foster care with the presentation of Big Voices for Little Texans® awards at a Child Advocates luncheon in Houston on Thursday, Aug. 23. Rep. Davis served as chair of the Appropriations subcommittee handling… Read more »
On Aug. 17-18, Texas CASA hosted a successful Legislative Advocacy Team (LAT) Retreat sponsored by CenterPoint Energy. The event kicked off with a networking dinner on Friday night, followed by a full day of work on Saturday. 28 local CASA programs were represented at the retreat, and several Texas CASA board members were also in attendance. Attendees learned… Read more »
Texas CASA is pleased to welcome Bryan Mares to our Public Policy team! As our new Public Policy Fellow, Bryan will work with policy makers to develop legislative proposals aimed at improving mental health and substance use services for families involved in the child welfare system, in addition to advocating for Texas CASA’s Legislative Priorities. Bryan… Read more »
Texas CASA recently hosted our successful 2018 Child Welfare Primer sponsored by the Children’s Commission. With nearly 200 attendees, the event was a collaboration between CASA, CPS, caregivers, and youth and families with past CPS involvement – all focused on developing new ways to increase and support child and family engagement in the court and… Read more »
The Texas CASA Public Policy team recently spent time with the newly forming Legislative Advocacy Team (LAT) with Amarillo Area CASA. The group is one of a number of teams who will join our legislative advocacy efforts during the upcoming 86th Texas Legislative Session. The session is quickly approaching and many local CASA programs are… Read more »
Texas CASA has arranged space at the Texas Capitol to host the 2019 CASA Day at the Capitol on Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019. This is the day that CASA advocates from across Texas join together at the Capitol to advocate on behalf of Texas CASA’s legislative priories. Texas CASA will also be hosting its annual Child Welfare Primer the day… Read more »