The Children’s Commission has released a letter to Judges and Attorneys with a response to the lawsuit that declared the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) unconstitutional. The United States and Tribal Defendants both appealed the ruling to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. On Dec. 3, 2018, the Court of Appeals issued its… 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.
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Registration is now open for the 2019 Child Welfare Primer on Feb. 4 and CASA Day at the Capitol on Feb. 5! These two events will help spread CASA advocacy from the courtroom to the Capitol as we make our voices heard for our most vulnerable children in care. Both events are open to the… Read more »
Sarah Crockett is the Public Policy Coordinator for Texas CASA. Sarah grew up in Idaho and has a bachelor’s degree in political science and philosophy from Northwest Nazarene University, and a master’s degree in social work from the University of Michigan in Social Policy and Program Evaluation. Sarah served as associate director of the Texas… Read more »
The Texas House and Human Services Committee held its final interim hearing on Tuesday, Nov. 13. Interim charges focused on several foster care issues with an emphasis on trauma-informed care. Texas CASA testified on improving health coverage for youth transitioning out of care and strengthening post-adoption services for adoptive families. To view a recording of… Read more »
The U.S. Congress passed the Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA) in February 2018. This law restructured federal child welfare funding, particularly Title IV-E and Title IV-B of the Social Security Act, which Texas uses to pay for services for children in foster care and their families. The FFPSA seeks to reduce the number of… Read more »
Nueces County will be the next pilot site for Family-Based Safety Services (FBSS) to roll out. DFPS has been directed to conduct these pilot programs for the following purposes: Increase the quality, availability and effectiveness of family preservation services so more families thrive and avoid future involvement with CPS; Improve the safety, permanency and well-being… Read more »
Federal District Judge Janis Jack issued an order on Nov. 20 that could: require CPS to increase staffing for conservatorship and child care licensing workers, cease use of so-called “I see you” workers, prohibit placement of more than six children in foster group homes without overnight supervision, and require a major upgrade of the data… Read more »
Registration for both the 2019 CASA Day at the Capitol and the Texas CASA Child Welfare Primer will open on Dec. 3, 2018! Stay tuned for an email announcing registration is open. The 2019 CASA Day at the Capitol will take place on Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019. This is the day that CASA advocates from across Texas join together… Read more »
On Oct. 23-25, the Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute held their annual Engage and Excel Conference in Houston, Texas. Texas CASA attended the conference to hear from a wide range of panelists and speakers discussing how to enhance our behavioral health system in Texas. Part of the dialogue included supporting children’s mental health and well-being… Read more »
Texas CASA attended The Judicial Summit on Mental Health in Houston presented by the Texas Children’s Commission and Texas Judicial Commission on Mental Health. The Summit drew attendees from all across the state including judges, state agency staff, policymakers and several advocacy groups. Speakers presented opportunities for systemic change and how communities can collaborate to… Read more »