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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.

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DFPS Releases Foster Care Needs Assessment Report

DFPS released the Foster Care Needs Assessment report on Friday, Feb. 24. This report, which DFPS will produce annually, breaks down foster care capacity and capacity needs in a variety of ways – by county, by region and by catchment area. It also identifies areas and counties with the greatest shortages/capacity needs. Download Foster Care Needs Assessment We… Read more »

Texas CASA Presents at the Christian Life Commission’s Advocacy Day

Texas CASA was honored to present to nearly 50 individuals from across Texas who were in Austin to meet with their legislators during the Christian Life Commission’s Advocacy Day. Public Policy Coordinator Sarah Crockett presented on current challenges in foster care and the role that CASA volunteers play in the child welfare system. Participants also… Read more »

Texas CASA Testifies in Support of House Bill 249

Public Policy Coordinator Sarah Crockett testified before the House Human Services Committee on Monday, Feb. 27 in support of House Bill 249. HB 249, by Representative Ana Hernandez, was amended to be a stand-alone bill for the investigation consolidation portions of Senate Bill 11, which is a top legislative priority for Texas CASA. Watch the HB 249… Read more »

Senate Bill 11, Major CPS Reform Bill, Passes on the Senate Floor Unanimously

Senate Bill 11, the major CPS reform bill in the Senate, passed unanimously on the Senate Floor on March 1. Texas CASA is supporting the bill, which contains numerous important reforms, including a section to consolidate all abuse and neglect investigations under CPS – a top priority for CASA. We will provide a more detailed… Read more »

Update on CPS Reform Bills: House Bills 4 & 5

On March 1, House Bills 4 and 5 were debated in the House and approved unanimously on second reading. HB 4 authorizes monthly state payments to kinship care providers. HB 5 establishes DFPS as a standalone agency and moves it out from under the HHSC umbrella. We will provide a more detailed update on these bills… Read more »

Senate Bill 11 Passes Out of Committee Unanimously

On Wednesday, Feb. 22, the Senate Health and Human Services Committee met to hear the second committee substitute for Senate Bill 11 , which was passed unanimously shortly after the substitute was laid out. Texas CASA is supporting the bill, which contains numerous important reforms, including a section to consolidate all abuse and neglect investigations under CPS… Read more »

CASA Day at the Capitol 2017 Is a Huge Success

On Feb. 16, representatives from more than 40 of the 72 local CASA programs across the state traveled to Austin for CASA Day at the Capitol, the one day each legislative session that the CASA community comes together to bring attention to improving outcomes for children and youth in foster care. More than 300 CASA… Read more »

Major CPS Reform Bills Already Filed & Being Considered

Major CPS reform bills have been filed in both the House and the Senate, and the Senate Health and Human Services Committee held its first hearing to consider SB 11. In the House, Rep. James Frank of Wichita Falls filed HB 5 and HB 6 on Friday, Feb. 10. HB 5 separates DFPS from the… Read more »

Bill Tracker: Child Protection-Related Legislation Plentiful

Texas CASA’s review of legislation indicates that more than 300 bills have been filed in the House and Senate that relate to child protection – and the bill filing deadline is not until March 10. Please make use of the Texas CASA bill tracker to understand and follow the most relevant legislation and to see our… Read more »