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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!

Leading the Way for a Trauma-informed Child Welfare System

Though mental health receives special attention every year on Oct. 10, World Mental Health Day, Texas CASA works year-round to improve mental health and substance abuse services for families involved in the child welfare system. We’d like to share with you some of those initiatives. Utilizing data from the final report Understanding Trauma-Informed Care in… Read more »

Texas CASA Welcomes Legislative Advocacy Coordinator

Texas CASA is pleased to welcome Ann Strauser Palmer to our Public Policy team as our Legislative Advocacy Coordinator. Ann will be working with the CASA Legislative Advocacy Teams (LATs) as they advocate for positive change in the Texas child welfare system. After receiving her law degree from the University of Houston, Ann went to work… Read more »

DFPS Releases 2018 Disproportionality Analysis

Maybe you’ve heard that disproportionality is an issue for the children and families in the child welfare system. But have you ever wondered what it looks like in your area? The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) recently released their FY 2018 Disproportionality Analysis, which among other things states that African American children are… Read more »

Recordings Available: Public Policy Webinars on Legislative Priorities, Transitioning Youth

The Texas CASA Public Policy team recently hosted a three-part series of webinars about our legislative priorities for the 86th Legislative Session. 2019 Legislative Priorities #1 In the first of two webinars on its legislative priorities, the Texas CASA Public Policy team discusses the following items: Funding: Collaborative Family Engagement Community-Based Care Placement Proximity and Stability Policy:… Read more »

Texas CASA Testifies in Support of DFPS, HHSC LARs for 2020-2021 Biennium

HHSC and DFPS have released their two-year Legislative Appropriations Requests (LARs) for the 2020-2021 biennium and recently presented them before representatives of the Governor’s office and the Legislative Budget Board (LBB). Agency LARs are written in accordance with instructions from the Governor and the LBB, and they consist of a base budget that largely maintains… Read more »

Texas CASA Attends Community Based Care Update in Fort Worth

Texas CASA was at ACH Child and Family Services in Fort Worth on Sept. 24 getting an update on Community Based Care (CBC) alongside many of our partners. The community was out in force at the event, with Mayor Betsy Price, Sen. Konni Burton, Rep. Stephanie Klick and DFPS Commissioner Hank Whitman in attendance as… Read more »

2018 Study of Legal Representation in Child Protective Services Cases

The Children’s Commission recently released a study on legal representation in child protection cases. The study was mandated in House Bill 7 during the 2017 Legislative Session. The surveys and final report were developed by the Children’s Commission staff; working in concert with its Legal Representation Committee, DFPS and The University of Texas at Austin… Read more »

DFPS Releases Foster Care Needs Assessment Report

DFPS recently released its foster care needs assessment report, which provides important information showing foster care capacity broken down by Community Based Care catchment areas. The data in the report enable analysis and understanding of the sufficiency of placement capacity and types of residential capacity in the 17 identified catchment areas. This is designed to help… Read more »

DFPS Releases Report on the Performance of Community Based Care

DFPS released the “Rider 21” report on Community Based Care (CBC), which is a required annual report on the performance of the contracts under CBC. The report is a comparative analysis between the legacy system and the redesigned CBC catchment areas. The report centers around the only contract that is actively in Stage 1 of CBC: Our… Read more »