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Child Welfare Legislation

Stay up to date on the latest news about child welfare legislation from Dallas CASA.

Dozens of bills filed to fix Texas CPS, foster care system
Several dozen bills have been filed so far this legislative session to address the issues that plague Child Protective Services and the foster care system housed within the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services.

Bill Tracker from Texas CASA
Find information regarding bills Texas CASA supports during the 85th Legislative Session

House Committee Hears Bills on Child Welfare
Advocates and families testified all day in front of the House Human Services members as legislators buckled down to look at key bills that would overhaul how the state takes care of endangered children.

Texas House bills lay out some initial plans to overhaul CPS
Texas representatives have filed legislation to start an overhaul of the state’s Child Protective Services, following a crisis that has left thousands of kids at risk. 

Texas lawmakers fired up about state CPS and foster care woes
The Senate Finance Committee scrutinized Department of Family and Protective Services budget requests while the House Workgroup on Child and Protective Services floated a proposal to make the department a standalone agency.

Advocates urge Texas to prevent child abuse by expanding “home visitor” programs
Texas needs to ramp up spending on proven child-abuse prevention programs, child advocates and several lawmakers say.

Texas House propose big changes to ailing child welfare system, while senators decry slow progress
The Department of Family and Protective services, the umbrella agency over the problem-plagued Child and Protective Services, would be a stand-alone agency reporting directly to Gov. Greg Abbott under a sweeping House plan to overhaul the Texas child welfare system.

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