Leadership In Public Policy

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.

CURRENT work

You Can Still Participate in CASA Day at the Capitol! You Can Still Participate in CASA Day at the Capitol! Texas CASA Champion Bill Spotlight: Expanding Medicaid Coverage for Peer Support Services for Older Youth Texas CASA Champion Bill Spotlight: Expanding Medicaid Coverage for Peer Support Services for Older Youth Stories of Change in Action: Part 3 Stories of Change in Action: Part 3 You Can Still Participate in CASA Day at the Capitol! You Can Still Participate in CASA Day at the Capitol! Good News Alert! Proposed State Budget Maintains CASA Funding Good News Alert! Proposed State Budget Maintains CASA Funding Stories of Change in Action: Part 2 Stories of Change in Action: Part 2 Texas CASA Testifies at Senate Health & Human Services Interim Hearing Texas CASA Testifies at Senate Health & Human Services Interim Hearing Register for Virtual Capitol Day & Get Ready for the 87th Session! Register for Virtual Capitol Day & Get Ready for the 87th Session! Rider 35 Report on Medicaid Coverage for Children Formerly in Foster Care Rider 35 Report on Medicaid Coverage for Children Formerly in Foster Care 2020 Foster Care Ombudsman Report Released 2020 Foster Care Ombudsman Report Released Even More Vulnerable: How CASA Volunteers Can Advocate for Youth in Foster Care Who Become Involved with Juvenile Justice Even More Vulnerable: How CASA Volunteers Can Advocate for Youth in Foster Care Who Become Involved with Juvenile Justice Join Us for the Final LAT Webinar on Jan. 15 Join Us for the Final LAT Webinar on Jan. 15 Bookmark the 87th Session Bill Tracker! Bookmark the 87th Session Bill Tracker! Mark Your Calendars for Virtual CASA Day at the Capitol! Mark Your Calendars for Virtual CASA Day at the Capitol! Stories of Change in Action: Part 1 Stories of Change in Action: Part 1 2020 Big Voices for Little Texans® Awards 2020 Big Voices for Little Texans® Awards DFPS Releases Rider 24 Report – Utilizing Appropriate Levels of Care for Children in Foster Care DFPS Releases Rider 24 Report - Utilizing Appropriate Levels of Care for Children in Foster Care DFPS Releases Strategic Plan for the Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA) DFPS Releases Strategic Plan for the Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA) NEW! Health Advocacy Guide NEW! Health Advocacy Guide From the Courtroom to the Capitol: Texas CASA’s Legislative Priorities for the 87th Legislative Session From the Courtroom to the Capitol: Texas CASA’s Legislative Priorities for the 87th Legislative Session Legislative Advocacy Teams Webinar Series Legislative Advocacy Teams Webinar Series Health Advocacy Webinar Sept. 30 Health Advocacy Webinar Sept. 30 NEW! Health Advocacy Guide: How CASA Volunteers Can Support Medical & Mental Healthcare for Children in Foster Care NEW! Health Advocacy Guide: How CASA Volunteers Can Support Medical & Mental Healthcare for Children in Foster Care Legislative Priorities for the 87th Legislative Session Legislative Priorities for the 87th Legislative Session Legislative Advocacy Trainings Leading Up to the Session Legislative Advocacy Trainings Leading Up to the Session June 24 Executive Order to Strengthen U.S. Child Welfare System June 24 Executive Order to Strengthen U.S. Child Welfare System June 2020 Court Monitors Report Summary June 2020 Court Monitors Report Summary DFPS Releases Rider 24 Report on Utilization of Appropriate Levels of Care DFPS Releases Rider 24 Report on Utilization of Appropriate Levels of Care DFPS Releases Report on Missing Children & Human Trafficking Initiatives DFPS Releases Report on Missing Children & Human Trafficking Initiatives We Need Your Input on Our Legislative Priorities for the Upcoming Session! We Need Your Input on Our Legislative Priorities for the Upcoming Session!

Legislative Advocacy Teams (LATs)

Legislative Advocacy Teams (LATs) work with Texas CASA and their local CASA programs to build relationships with legislators, develop policy agendas to improve the child welfare system in partnership with Texas CASA, and motivate and empower others in their program to advocate for those improvements. LATs are led by volunteer advocates and/or board members, and work with staff liaisons in each CASA program.

As a part of a LAT, CASA volunteers are able to advocate for children on a larger scale and work toward solutions to systemic problems they encounter in their role. This gives them the chance to be a voice of change not only for the children they serve, but for every child in the child protection system!

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Legislative efforts

Texas CASA is a leader in working to assure sound public policies in Texas on issues affecting the child welfare system, the well-being of children and youth in state custody and other policy areas related to our mission.

Along with the local CASA programs and their volunteers, Texas CASA engages in a variety of efforts to study, develop and change public policies. Additionally, Texas CASA staff members conduct research, collaborate with other advocacy and stakeholder groups, lead special task forces and engage in other processes to develop and impact policy.

87th Legislative Session

When the 87th Legislative Session convenes on January 12, 2021, things will look different. Hearings may be virtual. Legislators and staff may spend fewer days in the Capitol, and more time working remotely.  What we can promise is that Texas CASA's work along with the Legislative Advocacy Teams on behalf of children and families will remain unchanged.

Bill Tracker

Here we will be tracking important legislation impacting the Texas child welfare system and the children and families involved.

CASA Day at the Capitol

We may not be able to meet in person at the Texas Capitol, but we still have big plans for Capitol Day and making sure the 87th Legislature understands the important work of CASA in Texas!

Legislative Session Priorities & Outcomes

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

87th Legislative Session Bill Tracker

Texas CASA is tracking important legislation impacting the Texas child welfare system and the children and families involved all session long.

Check it out now.

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

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Trauma-Informed Care