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From the Courtroom to the Capitol: Texas CASA’s Legislative Priorities for the 87th Legislative Session

As the statewide CASA membership organization, Texas CASA’s mission is twofold: To support local CASA volunteer advocacy programs and to advocate for effective public policy for children and families in the child protection system.

In other words, our legislative and policy work is just as core and critical to our work as the trainings, resources and funding we provide to support the CASA programs across the state.

Fueled by our mission, our Public Policy team works to strengthen Texas’ child protection system and help lead the charge towards positive systemic change at the Capitol. Each legislative session, we collaborate with the 72 local CASA programs to develop an informed list of legislative priorities, and champion bills that will improve the way the system works for children and families. In partnership with the CASA Legislative Advocacy Teams across the state, we speak up for children and families in the system by bringing their needs to lawmakers’ attention and providing these decision makers with information, real people’s stories, and both statewide and local perspectives. Check out the difference our advocacy made last legislative session!

Below, you’ll find our Legislative Priorities for the 87th Legislative Session, which will convene in January 2021. These priorities will inform everything we do during the session to ensure CASA has a strong voice and to improve the way the child protection system works for children and families. The priorities also link to explainers, reports, true stories and other resources for those who are interested in better understanding the issues.

TEXAS CASA’S LEGISLATIVE PRIORITIES FOR THE 87TH LEGISLATIVE SESSION

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Texas CASA Funding Items

  • Request an increase in annual legislative funding under HHSC by $2.25 million, in addition to the current annual funding level of $14.95 million, to $17.2 million.
  • Support continued legislative funding for Family Finding/Collaborative Family Engagement under DFPS at $643,600 for the 2022-2023 fiscal biennium.

Texas CASA Legislative Policy Priorities

As we get closer to the session convening in January, stay tuned for in-depth updates, a CASA and child welfare bill tracker and more. Please contact the Public Policy team at for more information or if you have questions or would like to join or start a Legislative Advocacy Team (LAT). Check out this video, Rock the Capitol!, to learn more about LATs.

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