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Stay up-to-date on current legislative priorities and news from the Texas CASA Public Policy team. Below you will find all of the latest Public Policy articles – to browse other categories, return to the Inside CASA home page or use the navigation list in the right column.

DFPS Releases 2018 Disproportionality Analysis

DFPS just released their FY 2018 Disproportionality Analysis, which among other things states that African American children are substantially more likely to be reported, investigated and removed than Anglo American children. Excerpt below, emphasis ours: “Based on statewide data collected in FY2018, African American children are 1.7 times more likely to be reported than Anglo… Read more »

House Human Services Committee Holding Interim Hearing

The House Human Services Committee will be holding an interim hearing on Tuesday, Oct. 23, at 9 a.m. The committee will be discussing the implementation of several major child welfare bills passed during the 85th Legislative Session. For more information, see the hearing notice. Viewers can live stream the hearing here. BACK TO INSIDE CASA HOME PAGE

Texas Judge Strikes Down Federal Indian Child Welfare Act

The Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) was enacted by Congress with the purpose to promote the stability and security of Indian tribes and families. It is now in jeopardy of being overturned. Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton argues that the law unlawfully “elevates a child’s race over their best interest.” Learn more in this Texas Tribune… Read more »

Education of Children & Youth Placed in Residential Treatment Round Table Report

In late 2017, the Special Education Workgroup of the Children’s Commission’s Foster Care and Education Committee designated as a top priority the educational needs of students placed in Residential Treatment Centers (RTCs) while under the conservatorship of DFPS. On April 18, 2018, the Children’s Commission convened a round table meeting to focus on this issue…. Read more »

Upcoming Public Policy Webinars on Legislative Priorities, Transitioning Youth

The Texas CASA Public Policy team has scheduled three webinars on important topics in November. Nov. 1, 2018, at noon: 2019 Legislative Priorities #1 In the first of two webinars on its legislative priorities, the Texas CASA Public Policy team will discuss the following items: Funding: Collaborative Family Engagement Community-Based Care Placement Proximity and Stability… Read more »

Update from CPS Regarding Community Based Care

DFPS has published a presentation by CPS Associate Commissioner Kristene Blackstone to the Senate Health and Human Services Committee regarding Community Based Care (CBC). The presentation, dated Sept. 12, 2018, includes the following: An overview of the three stages of implementation; Updates on the rollout of CBC in Regions 3B, 2, 8A, 1 and 8B;… Read more »

DFPS Releases 2020-2021 Legislative Appropriations Request

DFPS released its two-year Legislative Appropriations Request (LAR) for the 2020-2021 biennium and recently presented it 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 current services and… Read more »

Texas CASA Testifies to Senate HHS Committee

The Senate Health and Human Services (HHS) Committee held their last interim hearing Wednesday, Sept. 12. The committee discussed CPS-related charges including efforts to improve child safety, caseworker retention, building caregiver capacity, and the transition of case management of foster children and families to single source continuum contractors (SSCCs). Legislators met with DFPS leadership and… Read more »

Texas CASA Meets with Brenham LAT

Texas CASA Public Affairs Executive Director Andy Homer met with members of the Legislative Advocacy Team (LAT) for CASA for Kids of South Central Texas in Brenham on Sept. 12. Members of the Brenham LAT had attended the recent LAT Retreat in Austin, and they discussed and raised questions about the Texas CASA Legislative Priorities for… 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 »