Normalcy For Youth In Foster Care
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Normalcy For Youth In Foster Care

Normalcy for children and youth in foster care Engaging in normal, age-appropriate activities and experiences is a critical component of healthy child development. However, experiencing abuse or neglect and being removed from a family to foster care is not “normal.” Although foster care may be safer for a child or youth,1 cultivating normal childhood experiences...

Legislative Update
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Legislative Update

We are so close to the end of the Texas Legislative Session! Next week any remaining bills will hopefully be voted out of the Legislature and sent to the Governor. This week was an exciting week where all Committees had their final committee hearings and final decisions for the state budget were released. Next week the...

Legislative Update
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Legislative Update

This week was a big week for The Texas Legislature. Friday was the last day House Bills must pass out of the House and over to the Senate. If a House bill did not passed before the House adjourned, it has no chance of passing this session. This week the House also “killed” HJR 3...

Legislative Update
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Legislative Update

Budget Update We are closing in on the budget process. While the state budget will most likely not be finalized for another month or so, this week the Senate voted out its version of the budget. Now we await to see who will be on conference committees to discuss and finalize the budget for the...

The Texas Senate needs to hear from YOU
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The Texas Senate needs to hear from YOU

Public hearing February 6 – come to Austin and speak up for children! It has often been said: “A budget is a moral document.” It’s true. If the agencies and proven community programs dedicated to the health and well-being of children who have been maltreated – and those that prevent maltreatment – are to function effectively, they...

Office of Consumer Relations
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Office of Consumer Relations

The Office of Consumer Relations (OCR) handles complaints about specific cases relating to DFPS program policy. We are here to help you, and you can trust us to fairly review your complaints. The DFPS programs include: Adult Protective Services In Home Services Child Protective Investigations Child Protective Services Child Care Investigations Texas Abuse Hotline The...

STAR Health Program Feedback Request
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STAR Health Program Feedback Request

/ HHSC Seeks Input From Stakeholders The Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) seeks input from stakeholders on their experiences with the STAR Health Program and suggestions for future programmatic improvements and administration of the program.  A survey is available until November 18, 2018, at the following link:  http://bit.ly/STARHealthSurvey The survey provides a means for stakeholders and subject...

HHSC Awards $2M in Grants for High-Needs Children in Foster Care
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HHSC Awards $2M in Grants for High-Needs Children in Foster Care

The Texas Health and Human Services Commission is awarding up to $2 million in grant funds to four nonprofit organizations and one Local Mental Health Authority in Texas. Funding will go to increase access to targeted case management and psychiatric rehabilitative services for high-needs children in the foster care system. The 85th Legislature authorized funding...