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Frequently Asked Questions:

 

What is the Texas Alliance of Child and Family Services?

What is the Texas Center for Child and Family Studies?

How is the Alliance funded?

How does the Alliance interact with the Texas Legislature?

What are some of the issues the Alliance has supported in the Texas Legislature?

 


Answers

What is the Texas Alliance of Child and Family Services?

The Alliance is is a nonprofit membership organization comprised of private agencies that provide direct services to children and families in Texas.

 


 

What is the Texas Center for Child and Family Studies?

The Center was formed by the Alliance as a subsidiary nonprofit to provide training and research and to advance the quality of care in Texas agencies. The Center is a 501(C)(3) charitable organization and has a board comprised of a mix of Alliance board members and others. 

 


 

How is the Alliance funded?

The Alliance is funded through dues paid annually by member agencies.

 


 

How does the Alliance interact with the Texas Legislature?

Individual members of the Alliance interact with their elected officials as they see fit. Sometimes the agencies have an agenda that is independent of the Alliance, and often the agendas are the same. The Alliance board hires an Executive Director to interface with the legislature, give input into legislative agendas, and also may authorize a contract with a registered lobbyist. The Alliance provides extensive educational material, briefings and information about the child caring field and the agencies who provide services. The Alliance advocates for safe and high quality services for children and helps legislators understand the contribution private agencies make to children and families in Texas. The Alliance also works closely with the Legislative Budget Board and those who piece together the financing of agency budgets.

 


 

What are some of the issues the Alliance has supported in the Texas Legislature?

Here is a partial list of issues supported:

  • Efforts to improve the licensing and regulation of private agencies
  • Fair rates for private providers
  • Adequate funding for children's services
  • Reforms to the child welfare system
  • Increased opportunities for private agencies to participate in serving children and families
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