CWLA – Legislative UpDate

Tax Cuts and Budget Resolution On Fast Track Last week Congressional Republicans released an outline of their tax reform proposal for 2017. They hope to move the package on a fast track both in process and time. The process part is that they will try and use a new...

FREE Foster Family Fun Night

Foster Family Night Monday, November 20, 2017 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM Click HERE for a flyer of this event – SAAFosterFamilyNight Join us for a memorable night under the stars with our animals! Enjoy marine life, reptiles and tropical birds. Explore! Discover!...

Improving Education

Click HERE for the full document: Improving Education – September 2017 EducationIMPROVING ^ OUTCOMES for Students in Foster Care September 2017 Texas only ***Prek-12 students in foster care and displaced by Hurricane Harvey have the educational rights for...

Displaced Students post-Harvey

We wanted to share with you two important resources on the legal needs of displaced students post-Harvey. The first is a Know-Your-Rights one-pager (developed in collaboration with Texas Appleseed and Texas Network of Youth Services) on the right to attend school of...

Hurricane Harvey…Families NEED Help

Hurricane Donations & Grant Opportunities! Members – Through our Texas Center for Child and Family Studies, and in coordination with DFPS, TACFS has stood up a Hurricane Harvey funding and grant opportunity dedicated to supporting children in the...

How did Texas Children Fare in the 85th Legislative Session?

Summary of 2017 Session The 85th Texas Legislature began on January 10, 2017 with 150 House members and 31 Senators being sworn in. The Regular Session ended May 29th for a total of 140 days. The legislative session, legislators filed 6,631 bills, a 6% increase over...

Texas Building Together With Child Advocates

The Child Protection Roundtable Bringing together the voices of child advocates across Texas Dear Child Protection Roundtable members, Today, Roundtable member organization TexProtects released its Home Visiting in Texas report, and we wanted to make sure you saw it....

Harvey: Helping Your Family Heal

Because of Harvey, here are some National Child traumatic Stress Network resources to get you ready and to be able to respond: Help Kids Cope is a mobile app to assist families cope with hurricanes and flooding. Download the free app today. The app has helpful...

One Scholarships – Endless Opportunities

The Horatio Alger Association The Horatio Alger Association honors the achievements of outstanding individuals in our society who have succeeded in spite of adversity and who are committed to supporting young people in pursuit of increased opportunities through higher...
Youth Empowerment Service YES WAIVER for Youth in CVS

Youth Empowerment Service YES WAIVER for Youth in CVS

Effective IMMEDIATELY Centers for Medicare and Medicaid approved the Yes Waiver amendment extending eligibility to children and adolescents in DFPS conservatorship. Youth Empowerment Services (YES) serves to prevent or reduce institutionalization of children and...
CWLA News

CWLA News

monitor-cwla-september-12 September 12, 2016 CHILDREN’S MONITOR Become A Member 727 15th St NW, 12 Floor, Washington DC, 20005 September 12, 2016 — Senate Pushes December 9 CR, Early Departure There appeared to be progress in appropriations discussions after the...
Music Classes for the WHOLE family!

Music Classes for the WHOLE family!

ACMS is a non-profit community music school located here in Austin. We have offerings for all ages, from infant to adults, but one of our specialties is Early Childhood Music education. We offer family classes which are attended by children between the ages of 6 weeks...
CPS Turnover Crisis in Dallas

CPS Turnover Crisis in Dallas

Dallas Morning News: So many Dallas CPS investigators have quit, state has to bring in backups from other areas Please read this excellent, in-depth report by the Dallas Morning News’ Bob Garrett on Child Protective Services’ employee turnover crisis in...
Legislative Update

Legislative Update

Appropriations Will Be Front And Center, But CR More Likely With Congress returning and approximately 27 to 24 potential days in session for the House and Senate before their summer break, appropriations bills are likely to be the prime focus. That leaves little space...
CWLA Reform

CWLA Reform

Click for pdf of this information: Take-the-Next-Step-in-Child-Welfare-Services-Reform
BIG News at Texas CPS

BIG News at Texas CPS

I am so pleased to announce two selections of new leadership for the Texas Child Protective Services (CPS) team. Kim Gibbons is the new Director of Field Operations for CPS.  Ms. Gibbons has over 23 years of experience with CPS. She started as a CPS investigator in...
FREE Camp for Kids

FREE Camp for Kids

We still have several spots for teen boy’s and a few spots for the teen girls age 12 to 15 years old. Please communicate to CPS workers and foster parents this great opportunity. This is a FREE sleep over camp specifically designed for foster teens. Teen Reach...
Summer Camp Option

Summer Camp Option

We still have space available on some of our Skiin’ with the Galilean camp days. Skiin’ with the Galilean 2016 Free Water Ski Day Camp for Foster Kids Marble Falls – June 8 or June 9 Lake Athens – July 21 Limited spaces still available! For...
How to Organize Anything in 5 Easy Steps

How to Organize Anything in 5 Easy Steps

http://www.hometalk.com/15610015/how-to-organize-anything-in-5-easy-steps?utm_medium=facebook&date=20160415 You may not know this about me, but I’m a process person. I love to find the easiest process to complete a task and find joy in repeating the task over and...
Reasons Students Need a High School Diploma

Reasons Students Need a High School Diploma

Education Newsletter – March 2016 FINAL #6 A high school diploma keeps students in good company! 81% of Texans have a high school diploma* [*2010 US Census] #5 What an Achievement! Earning a high school diploma is viewed by employers is viewed by employers as a...