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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!

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 »

CASA of the Pines Legislative Advocacy Team Preps for 86th Session

As the legislative session quickly approaches, CASA programs and their Legislative Advocacy Teams (LATs) have been actively meeting with their state lawmakers to discuss policy issues and priorities for the 86th Legislative Session, which convenes on Jan. 8, 2019. The LAT with Lufkin-based CASA of the Pines recently met with State Rep. James White to… Read more »

2018 Foster Care Ombudsman Report

The state’s Office of the Ombudsman for Children and Youth in Foster Care released their 2018 report, citing that the office resolved 241 complaints from youth and confirmed 71 violations of policies, rules or children’s rights of those cases. There were more than 600 total complaints to the Ombudsman, with the majority made by a… Read more »

DFPS Seeks Community-Based Care Contractor in Region 1

On Dec. 7, 2018, DFPS released a request for application (RFA) for Community-Based Care in Region 1, which covers 41 counties in the Texas Panhandle. The RFA is to select the Single Source Continuum Contractor that will oversee foster and kinship care placement, case management and reunification services in Region 1. To learn more about Community-Based… Read more »

Update on the Status of the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) in Texas

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 »