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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!

Speaker Straus Appoints House Committees

On Thursday, Feb. 9, Texas House Speaker Joe Straus announced the leadership and membership of the 40 House committees for the 85th Legislative Session. See this Texas Tribune article for more details, and a link to the full committee list at the bottom of the article. Of particular interest to CASA are the appointments of Rep…. Read more »

With the 85th Legislative Session Underway, Texas CASA Unveils Online Bill Tracker

On Jan. 10, 2017, the Texas Legislature convened to work for Texans young and old, which means Texas CASA is also working hard to promote important child welfare initiatives. You can now access our online 85th Legislature Bill Tracker to find information regarding bills that we are committed to championing, bills that we consider high priority… Read more »

Budget Hearings Begin in Senate

The Texas Senate and the Finance Committee have already begun work on the Appropriations Bill for the next two-year state budget. Initial hearings for the Health & Human Services Commission (HHSC) and DFPS are scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 31. Texas CASA staff will be testifying on our funding priorities that include increasing state funding for… Read more »

Omnibus CPS Reform Bill: Senate Bill 11

Leading members in the Texas Senate have introduced Senate Bill 11, which is likely to be the omnibus CPS reform bill that comes out of the Senate this session. There are a number of significant provisions in SB 11 that Texas CASA supports, including our efforts to consolidate all abuse and neglect investigations under CPS…. Read more »

Judge Janis Jack Issues Interim Order Pushing Foster Care System Reform

Judge Janis Jack issued a Federal Court Interim Order on Jan. 9 that puts into effect, or requires additional study and planning for, many of the Special Masters’ recommendations to address and remedy the constitutional violations Judge Jack found in her December 2015 ruling. Taken together, these changes would require far-reaching changes to the CPS system. We… Read more »

CASA of Tarrant County LAT In Action

Members of the CASA of Tarrant County Legislative Advocacy Team (LAT) met with Representative Stephanie Klick on Jan. 3 to discuss Texas CASA’s legislative priorities for the 85th Legislative Session. Topics covered included the consolidation of all child abuse and neglect investigations under CPS, and normalcy in foster homes; as well as thanking her for her support… Read more »

LATs: Keep in the Loop with our Google Group!

Calling all Legislative Advocacy Teams (LATs)! Have you been receiving email communications from Legislative Advocacy Coordinator Jennifer Limas-Mota through the CASA LAT Google Group? If you have not, you can stay connected to the latest LAT news by joining the group by clicking the button below. JOIN THE CASA LATS GOOGLE GROUP Please note that this… Read more »

Webinar: Priorities for the 85th Legislative Session

In preparation for the upcoming legislative session, the Texas CASA Public Policy team is presenting a webinar on Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017, from 12-1 p.m. that will cover Texas CASA’s legislative priorities for the 85th Session. Topics will include budget priorities, examining foster care placement issues, and reforming child abuse and neglect investigations for children in state care…. Read more »

2016 Child Welfare News Clips of Interest

Below are archived child welfare news clips of interest from 2016 selected by our Public Policy team. SEE NEWS CLIPS FROM 2017 DECEMBER 2016 Austin American-Statesman: Paxton, federal judge tussle over foster care fix Dallas News: The CPS silver lining: More former foster kids are going to college for free Dallas News: Keeping foster kids with local families… Read more »