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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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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 »

Texas CASA Releases Report Recommending Strategies to Increase Child, Youth & Family Voice

Texas CASA is excited to announce the release of its latest report, Moving Toward a Child, Youth and Family-Centered System: Opportunities in Court and Service Planning. The report is the culmination of recommendations and ideas generated by discussions at Texas CASA’s 2018 Child Welfare Primer, which featured dozens of foster youth, kinship caregivers and parents… Read more »

Legislative Advocacy Teams in Action

As we jump into the 86th Legislative Session, Texas CASA’s Public Policy team has been meeting with Legislative Advocacy Teams (LATs) to discuss CASA policy and funding priorities. On Wednesday, Jan. 16, CASA of Travis County held a meeting to discuss legislative issues. Texas CASA Public Policy Executive Director Andy Homer and Policy Fellow Bryan… Read more »

Current CASA Funding Maintained in House & Senate Budget Bills

With the convening of the 86th Legislature on Tuesday, Jan. 8, the biennial budgeting process for the State of Texas has begun. Both the House and the Senate have introduced their respective versions of the budget in HB 1 and SB 1. CASA programs receive substantial financial support, $13.2 million annually, through legislative appropriations under… Read more »