Texas CASA works to make sure that the voices of children in the child welfare system are heard not only in the courts but also at the Texas Capitol. Texas CASA engages in legislative advocacy efforts to better enable CASA volunteers to serve these children through the promotion of public policies.
In addition to direct advocacy by Texas CASA staff, Texas CASA inspires changes in the child welfare system by:
- Educating and organizing CASA volunteers to advocate with legislators and other public policy decision-makers,
- Researching policies to improve laws, policies and programs, and
- Recognizing leaders in the Texas legislature, judiciary and private enterprise.
Texas CASA informs, educates and mobilizes CASA volunteers and others through:
- The Capitol Beat – A column in our news blog covering policy and legislative issues,
- An annual Child Welfare Primer for advocates and legislative staff,
- CASA Day at the Capitol, an event attended by hundreds of CASA volunteers and staff from across the state during the Texas legislative session,
- The creation and support of Legislative Advocacy Teams (LATs), teams comprised of volunteers and staff who raise the level of their advocacy by building relationships with their legislators, and
- Webinars and presentations that expand the level of advocacy provided by volunteers and staff.
If you are interested in becoming involved with Texas CASA’s legislative efforts, please contact the Public Policy team.
Texas CASA serves as a leader in policy development by:
- Bringing together experts and advocates in forums like the Texas CASA Mental Health Task Force, which is supported by the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health, and
- Working collaboratively with state agencies, the Texas Supreme Court’s Children’s Commission, and other advocacy and stakeholder groups to develop consensus positions on systemic reforms of the child welfare system.