The past year was difficult and truly momentous for child welfare in Texas. Many of you will have heard on the news and read in your papers the problems and challenges that our child welfare system and CPS have been facing, and to help you stay informed on the bigger picture as we head into… 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.
Be sure to keep informed of the latest state and national child welfare news coverage on the News Clips of Interest page!
An emergency request for more than $100 million in emergency funding to hire more than 800 new employees and grant immediate pay raises at Child Protective Services won final approval from state GOP leaders on Thursday, Dec. 1. Even with Thursday’s approval of the new caseworkers, it could take as much as a year to get the… Read more »
Children who are sexually aggressive and have sexual behavior problems need special attention, care and supervision, and DFPS has begun the process of implementing new procedures to better address these behaviors. As of Dec. 1, 2016, the Department is rolling out important changes that include indicating sexually aggressive behavior in the child’s case record, placement referral form, placement summary… Read more »
Legislative leaders are still attempting to reach agreement on efforts to increase CPS caseworker pay and add additional workers. These efforts are intended to help lower CPS employee turnover and deal with a persistent backlog in child abuse and neglect investigations. In early October, state leaders directed DFPS Commissioner Hank Whitman to develop a plan… Read more »
On Nov. 21, attorneys for the state of Texas rejected the recommendations to overhaul the foster care system made by court-appointed special masters, who were selected by U.S. District Judge Janis Jack as part of her December 2015 ruling against the Texas child welfare system. Attorneys for the state argued that Texas shouldn’t have to… Read more »
The 85th Texas Legislature is quickly approaching and officially convenes on Jan. 10, 2017. With several bills already being filed, now is a good time for all CASA volunteers, staff and other supporters to ask your local legislators to support our Legislative Priorities for the upcoming legislative session. Among the major legislative items Texas CASA is… Read more »
Bill filing for the 85th Legislative Session began on Nov. 14, and dozens of child welfare bills have already been filed. The currently filed child welfare bills address issues such as: Paying monthly stipends for kinship caregivers, Creating easier access to targeted case management for high-needs foster children, and Broadening student loan repayment opportunities for caseworkers…. Read more »
State and legislative leaders have continued to express alarm about problems within the CPS system and have directed DFPS to provide a plan to deal with these urgent issues. After critical news reports in early October that CPS had failed to investigate abuse and neglect allegations within legally required time frames, state leaders requested that… Read more »
Please save the dates for CASA Day at the Capitol on Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017, and for the Texas CASA Child Welfare Primer on Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017. We hope you will plan to join us in Austin next February! Registration will open in early January. In the meantime, you can find highlights and photos from… Read more »
On Friday, Nov. 4, the court-appointed special masters – who were selected by U.S. District Judge Janis Jack as part of her December ruling against the Texas child welfare system – released dozens of recommendations on how Texas should overhaul its foster care system. These recommendations include: eliminating the use of foster care group homes,… Read more »