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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.

Federal Appeals Court Overturns Ruling Against Indian Child Welfare Act

A three judge panel of the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans overturned a lower court ruling that declared the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) unconstitutional. ICWA is a 1978 federal law that established a preference for Native American children to remain with their families or other recognized members of their tribe. The original… Read more »

86th Legislative Session Recap Webinar Now Available

Texas CASA and the local CASA programs worked hard over the course of the 86th Legislative Session to pass some important legislation aimed at improving the lives of children and youth in the child welfare system. You can learn all about the major outcomes of the session in our recently recorded post-session webinar. Topics covered… Read more »

DFPS Releases Foster Care Needs Assessment & Rider 21 Report

The Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) has released the required Foster Care Needs Assessment and the “Rider 21” annual performance evaluation on Community-Based Care (CBC). Learn more about each report below. Foster Care Needs Assessment The Foster Care Needs Assessment is released each year in accordance with state law. DFPS data is extrapolated… Read more »

5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Rules on Texas Foster Care System Lawsuit

A federal appeals court ruled on the long-running Texas foster care system lawsuit on Monday, July 8, 2019. The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals overturned certain mandated fixes to the Texas foster care system, including an overhaul to the way the state tracks and records information about foster care children. The court upheld, however, other… Read more »

Texas Receives “A” on Child’s Right to Counsel Report Card

The number of states that fail to legally support children in child welfare cases has significantly declined in the past decade. These are the findings of the fourth iteration of A Child’s Right to Counsel, the periodic national report card on counsel for children published in partnership with the First Star Institute and the Children’s… Read more »

Significant Updates for Community-Based Care Implementation

The state budget for the Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) includes funding decisions that define the scope and pace of the rollout of Community-Based Care (CBC) for the next two-year budget period beginning in September 2019. Key decisions include: The CBC model will not be expanded into new geographic areas of the state… Read more »

Significant Updates for Community-Based Care Implementation

The state budget for the Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) includes funding decisions that define the scope and pace of the rollout of Community-Based Care (CBC) for the next two-year budget period beginning in September 2019. Key decisions include: The CBC model will not be expanded into new geographic areas of the state… Read more »

86th Legislative Session Webinar & Outcomes Webpage

Texas CASA and the local CASA programs worked hard over the course of the 86th Legislative Session to pass some important legislation aimed at improving the lives of children and youth in the child welfare system. Check out our 86th Legislative Session Outcomes page for session recaps from Texas CASA and other organizations, as well… Read more »

Children’s Commission Releases Report on Normalcy

On Jan. 18, 2019, the Texas Supreme Court Children’s Commission hosted a Normalcy Roundtable featuring over 50 participants, including representatives from the CASA network and Texas CASA. The purpose of the roundtable was to discuss the importance of normalcy, barriers to normalcy, and opportunities that exist in the Texas child welfare system to ensure that… Read more »