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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.

Texas CASA Testifies in the House

Texas CASA’s Public Policy team testified before the House Human Services Committee on Tuesday, March 12, in support of House Bill 1709 by Rep. Mary Gonzalez. This bill cleans up several provisions related to the appointment of surrogate parents for students with disabilities who are in the conservatorship of the Department of Family and Protective Services… Read more »

Child Fatalities Due to Abuse & Neglect Increased in FY 2018

The Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) recently released their report on Child Fatalities and Near Fatalities for Fiscal Year 2018. Some key statistics from the report include: Texas had 211 confirmed child abuse and neglect-related fatalities in FY 2018, an increase of 22.7% compared to FY 2017 (172). 36% of the victims were… Read more »

Texas CASA Testifies on Champion Bills HB 72 & HB 123

Texas CASA Public Policy Coordinator Sarah Crockett testified before the House Health and Human Services Committee in support of Texas CASA champion bill HB 123. HB 123 was the very first bill heard in Health and Human Services Committee this session! Filed by Rep. James White, the bill would grant fee waivers to children in foster… Read more »

GRAND PREMIERE: 2019 CASA Day at the Capitol Highlight Video!

Texas CASA is excited to announce the premiere of our 2019 CASA Day at the Capitol highlight video! On Feb. 5, 2019, a sea of CASA blue filled the Texas State Capitol. Texas CASA brought together more than 200 members of the CASA network from across the state to meet with lawmakers about Texas CASA’s… Read more »

Texas CASA Testifies to Committees on Funding Issues

Texas CASA’s Public Policy team testified before the Senate Finance Committee on Wednesday, Feb. 6, in support of increased funding for CASA programs, continued funding for Collaborative Family Engagement, increased funding for substance abuse treatment, and funding for a placement portal to improve placement stability and proximity. View the recorded hearing. What’s more, Texas CASA… Read more »

Key Legislative Committees Get New Leaders & Members

With the appointment of committees in both the Texas House and Senate for the 86th Legislature, there are new chairpersons for the Senate Health and Human Services Committee and the House Human Services Committee, the primary committees where child protection legislation is considered. Sen. Lois Kolkhorst (R-Brenham) will serve as Chair of the Senate committee, while… Read more »

2019 Child Welfare Primer & Capitol Day a Great Success!

On Feb. 4, Texas CASA hosted local CASA programs and child welfare advocates from across the state for the 2019 Texas CASA Child Welfare Primer to discuss legislative advocacy, substance abuse and the importance of normalcy for children in the child welfare system. In the morning, the Texas CASA Public Policy team discussed important legislative… Read more »

Children’s Commission Releases Blueprint on Trauma-Informed Care in Texas

The Texas Children’s Commission released a new report designed to provide a roadmap on how to build a trauma-informed child welfare system in Texas. Entitled Building a Trauma-Informed Child Welfare System: A Blueprint, it represents the vision of the Statewide Collaborative on Trauma-Informed Care (SCTIC) which included more than 100 members working in four workgroups… Read more »

The 86th Legislature Begins Budget Bill Hearings

The House Appropriations Committee convened on Jan. 30, 2019. Invited testimony from the legislative Budget Board was heard regarding a number of issues. View the recorded hearing. The Senate Finance Committee, chaired by Sen. Nelson, meets on Tuesday, Feb. 5, at 9 a.m. to take invited testimony relating to the Health and Human Services Commission… Read more »