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

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! 2020 Child Welfare Primer Fuels Advocates to Change Futures for Children & Families 2020 Child Welfare Primer Fuels Advocates to Change Futures for Children & Families DFPS Releases Community-Based Care Update & Implementation Reports DFPS Releases Community-Based Care Update & Implementation Reports DFPS Releases Annual Child Fatalities & Near Fatalities Report DFPS Releases Annual Child Fatalities & Near Fatalities Report What the Federal Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA) Means for Texas What the Federal Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA) Means for Texas Public Policy Team Trains CASA Network on Changes Coming to the Child Welfare System Public Policy Team Trains CASA Network on Changes Coming to the Child Welfare System Texas Agrees to New Workload Guidelines for Foster Care Workers Texas Agrees to New Workload Guidelines for Foster Care Workers The Foster Care Ombudsman: What You & Youth in Foster Care Should Know! The Foster Care Ombudsman: What You & Youth in Foster Care Should Know! Updated Community-Based Care Implementation Plan Released Dec. 30, 2019 Updated Community-Based Care Implementation Plan Released Dec. 30, 2019 Public Policy Regional Trainings Scheduled for January-April 2020 Public Policy Regional Trainings Scheduled for January-April 2020 Watch Education Benefits for Foster Care Alumni Webinar Watch Education Benefits for Foster Care Alumni Webinar Texas House Speaker Releases House Interim Charges Texas House Speaker Releases House Interim Charges Texas House Human Services Committee Holds First Interim Hearing Texas House Human Services Committee Holds First Interim Hearing Texas House Speaker Releases House Interim Charges Texas House Speaker Releases House Interim Charges DFPS Announces More Children Are Leaving Foster Care than Entering DFPS Announces More Children Are Leaving Foster Care than Entering Texas House Human Services Committee Holds First Interim Hearing Texas House Human Services Committee Holds First Interim Hearing DFPS Announces Stage II of Community-Based Care in Region 3B DFPS Announces Stage II of Community-Based Care in Region 3B

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.

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

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

Reports

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Force Report
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Trauma-Informed Care