The 2015 CASA Day at the Capitol is geared up to be bigger and better than ever! Hundreds of CASA advocates from all over the state will be making appointments with legislative offices to spread the word about CASA and talk to them about bills that will be helping the children they serve. REGISTER NOW!
SB 314 | Relating To Appointment Of A Nonparent As Managing Conservator Of A Child Author: Senator Royce West | SB 314 Bill Summary This legislation would amend the Family Code to require the court to specify the differences between a managing conservator and an adoptive parent. This includes addressing the authority the managing conservator would have… Read more »
SB 125 | Relating To Certain Assessments For Children In The Conservatorship Of The Department Of Family And Protective Services Authors: Senator Royce West | SB 125 Bill Summary As the legislature focuses on strengthening Child Protective Services (CPS) this session, SB 125 would improve the assessment of children who are removed from their homes by CPS…. Read more »
HB 1309 | Relating To The Notification Of Certain Legislators Of The Death Of A Child In Foster Care Author: Rep. Sylvester Turner | Bill Summary If a child dies while the state has managing conservatorship, this legislation would require the legislators who represented that child to be notified of the county of the child’s placement at time… Read more »
HB 1371 | Relating To The Establishment Of An Office Of Consumer Affairs For Children In Foster Care Author: Rep. Harold V. Dutton Jr. & Rep. Elliott Naishtat | HB 1371 Bill Summary This legislation reforms the Department of Family and Protective Services’ (DFPS) Office of Consumer Affairs (OCA) to make it independent in terms of budget, policy and… Read more »
SB 1407 | Relating To Encouraging Age-Appropriate Normalcy Activities For Children In The Managing Conservatorship Of The State Author: Senator Charles Schwertner | SB 1407 Bill Summary This legislation’s aim is to empower substitute caregivers to approve or disapprove a child’s participation in activities based on a caregiver’s own assessment and availability to help facilitate a child’s… Read more »
SB 949 | Relating To The Release Of Certain Child Fatality And Near Fatality Information For Abused Or Neglected Children Author: Senator Carlos I. Uresti | Bill Summary This legislation increases the information that the department must release regarding the death of a child due to abuse or neglect. This includes a description of family-based safety services… Read more »
HB 1852 | Relating To Certain Assessments For Children In The Conservatorship Of The Department Of Family And Protective Services Authors: Rep. Elliott Naishtat & Rep. Cindy Burkett | HB 1852 Bill Summary As the legislature focuses on strengthening Child Protective Services (CPS) this session, SB 125 would improve the assessment of children who are removed… Read more »
HB 993 | Relating To Employee Caseload Standards For Child And Adult Protective Services And Child-Care Licensing Services And Call Processing Standards For Certain Of Those Services Author: Rep. Armando Walle & Rep. Elliott Naishtat | Bill Summary This legislation would direct the Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) to develop a plan to bring caseloads for… Read more »
HB 843 | Relating To Housing Services Provided Through The Transitional Living Services Program To Certain Children In The Conservatorship Of The Department Of Family And Protective Services Authors: Rep. Elliott Naishtat | HB 843 Bill Summary This legislation would amend the Family Code to require the department to include a housing stability plan with the youth transition… Read more »
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CASA volunteers help provide a voice for thousands of children who have been abused or neglected in Texas so that their needs are met while in the foster care system. In 2018:
20,685 children or 56 children a day were removed from their home and entered the foster care system.
1,211 children transitioned out (aged out) of the system.