The Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) recently released its quarterly report on conservatorship caseload counts. This report outlines the agency’s progress toward achieving a 14.5 caseload count as directed by the 87th Legislature. DFPS has made significant progress toward achieving this goal and reported a 13.4 statewide average daily caseload count in February.

The report notes that Regions 7 and 8 were the only CPS Regions with child caseloads above the target at the end of the quarter, with averages between 14.7 and 15. DFPS reported that a reallocation of staff and resources has helped contribute to the caseload reduction across the state.

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DFPS Releases Child Caseload Report

The Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) recently released its quarterly report on conservatorship caseload counts. This report outlines the agency’s progress toward achieving a 14.5 caseload count as directed by the 87th Legislature. DFPS has made significant progress toward achieving this goal and reported a 13.4 statewide average daily caseload count in February. The report notes that Regions … Read More

Texas CASA Honors Senator Jane Nelson with Lifetime Achievement Award

Texas CASA and the CASA network had the opportunity to honor Texas State Senator Jane Nelson on March 31, 2022. In honor of her almost 30 years in the Texas Senate and her focus on improving the child welfare system in Texas, Senator Nelson received the first-ever Big Voices for Little Texans™ Lifetime Achievement Award. The award was presented at The … Read More

New Reports Released on the Progress of Community-Based Care Implementation

On March 31, the Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) released two reports related to the implementation of Community-Based Care (CBC): Quarterly Report, Office of Community-Based Care Transition Implementation Status, March 2022 DFPS Rider 15 Report for Community-Based Care, Office of Community-Based Care Transition, March 2022 Quarterly Report The Quarterly Report provides updates on the implementation of CBC and … Read More

Training Available for Serving Dual Status Youth

Youth in foster care become involved with the juvenile justice system more often than their non-foster care counterparts, and once they do, they are at an even higher risk of negative outcomes. These youth—commonly referred to as dual status youth—require a unique approach. To help CASA staff and volunteers better understand their role in dual status cases, Texas CASA offers … Read More

Report: Youth Parents & Pregnant Youth in DFPS Conservatorship

DFPS recently released new data on pregnant and parenting youth in foster care. Using Medicaid billing claims, the Health and Human Services Center for Analytics identified the following data points for Fiscal Year 2021: 267 youth parents were in DFPS conservatorship 39 children were born to youth parents while in DFPS conservatorship 380 pregnant youth were in DFPS conservatorship read … Read More