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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!

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 »

Representatives Sarah Davis & Gene Wu Recognized as Big Voices for Little Texans®

Texas CASA and Child Advocates, Inc. recognized exceptional leadership by State Representatives Sarah Davis and Gene Wu on behalf of children in foster care with the presentation of Big Voices for Little Texans® awards at a Child Advocates luncheon in Houston on Thursday, Aug. 23. Rep. Davis served as chair of the Appropriations subcommittee handling… Read more »

Texas CASA Hosts Successful Legislative Advocacy Team (LAT) Retreat

On Aug. 17-18, Texas CASA hosted a successful Legislative Advocacy Team (LAT) Retreat sponsored by CenterPoint Energy. The event kicked off with a networking dinner on Friday night, followed by a full day of work on Saturday. 28 local CASA programs were represented at the retreat, and several Texas CASA board members were also in attendance. Attendees learned… Read more »

Texas CASA Welcomes Public Policy Fellow

Texas CASA is pleased to welcome Bryan Mares to our Public Policy team! As our new Public Policy Fellow, Bryan will work with policy makers to develop legislative proposals aimed at improving mental health and substance use services for families involved in the child welfare system, in addition to advocating for Texas CASA’s Legislative Priorities. Bryan… Read more »

2018 Texas CASA Child Welfare Primer a Success!

Texas CASA recently hosted our successful 2018 Child Welfare Primer sponsored by the Children’s Commission. With nearly 200 attendees, the event was a collaboration between CASA, CPS, caregivers, and youth and families with past CPS involvement – all focused on developing new ways to increase and support child and family engagement in the court and… Read more »

Texas Public Policy Team Meets with Newly Forming Amarillo LAT Team

The Texas CASA Public Policy team recently spent time with the newly forming Legislative Advocacy Team (LAT) with Amarillo Area CASA. The group is one of a number of teams who will join our legislative advocacy efforts during the upcoming 86th Texas Legislative Session. The session is quickly approaching and many local CASA programs are… Read more »

Hold the Dates! 2019 Primer & CASA Day at Capitol Set for Feb. 4-5

Texas CASA has arranged space at the Texas Capitol to host the 2019 CASA Day at the Capitol on Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019. This is the day that CASA advocates from across Texas join together at the Capitol to advocate on behalf of Texas CASA’s legislative priories. Texas CASA will also be hosting its annual Child Welfare Primer the day… Read more »

Last Chance to Register for 2018 LAT Retreat

Registration is now open for the 2018 Legislative Advocacy Team (LAT) Retreat, scheduled for the evening of Friday, Aug. 17, and all day Saturday, Aug. 18, at the Frank Fickett Scout Training and Service Center in Austin. Programming will center on the Texas CASA legislative priorities and LAT capacity building. Learn more and register at the button below! Registration closes… Read more »

Texans Care for Children Releases Paper on Federal Family First Act

The advocacy group Texans Care for Children has released an issue brief explaining the federal Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA), which, in addition to highlighting several key components of the FFPSA, also identifies key questions and challenges Texas faces in implementing the law. The Family First Act makes significant changes in allowable uses of… Read more »

Refurbished Computers Available to Youth Served by CASA

Has your local program taken advantage of Computers for CASA? Launched on Feb. 1, the Computers for CASA program gives CASA programs the ability to request Texas’ state agency surplus computers to distribute to CASA children and youth. This program was made possible thanks to our shared legislative advocacy efforts to pass Senate Bill 78, by… Read more »