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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!

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 »

Hogg Foundation Releases New Mental Health Guide

The Hogg Foundation for Mental Health has released its 2018 Edition Guide to Understanding Mental Health Systems and Services. The guide can be used to to help navigate the complex mental health services and systems in Texas. The intended audience for this guide includes legislators, legislative staff, state agency staff, advocates with lived experience, family… Read more »

Child Welfare News Clips of Interest

Make sure you’re in the loop on current happenings in child welfare at both the state and national levels by browsing news clips of interest selected by our Public Policy team. This page will be continually updated as news stories come up, with the most recent stories at the top. BROWSE BY YEAR: 2019 | 2018 |… Read more »

CASA Deep Dive: Legislative Priorities – Increased Annual Legislative Funding

To keep you informed and inspired during the 86th Legislative Session, Texas CASA is taking the next few months to dive in to some of our key legislative priorities. Read more about our legislative priorities and our work leading up to, and during, the session. Texas CASA Legislative Priority Request an increase in annual legislative… Read more »