Systemic Change for Children in Foster Care
Texas CASA works in partnership with policy experts, child welfare providers and legislators across both aisles to reshape the foster care system. Through this collaboration, the Texas Legislature is able to implement bills that prioritize Texas children in need.
Helping to advocate for these changes during the 85th Legislative Session were 26 Legislative Advocacy Teams (LATs) led by volunteers and board members from local CASA programs across the state. Trained by Texas CASA, the LATs helped establish relationships with their local legislators and supported our legislative efforts through grassroots advocacy.
Thanks to all of our partners who help us strengthen our efforts for a better system to serve our children, we accomplished many of our top legislative priorities this legislative session — and many other measures were taken to improve the system in the following ways
- Ensure all child abuse and neglect reports are investigated in a thorough, consistent and timely manner.
- Increase foster care reimbursement rates.
- Establish monthly payments for kinship caregivers.
- Increase caseworker pay and lower caseloads.
- Improve data collection on important child outcomes.
- Better care for children in child protection cases.
- Improve education services and programs for youth in foster care.
- Improve services for older foster youth.
- Increase funding for the Department of Family & Protective Services by $508.5 million.