A Strong Voice for Children and Families
Since our founding in 1975, a key objective of TACFS is to be a unified voice to strengthen the services and care to vulnerable Texans. We are passionate about advocating for the the best possible outcomes for at-risk children, youth, and families.
As an organization we seek to be informed and actively participate in regulatory and legislative processes, and individually to communicate regularly and on a local level with our own elected officials. Our advocacy efforts extend to elected officials at the local, state, and federal levels, state agencies including the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) and the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC), and local and statewide partners and stakeholders.
In addition, TACFS collaborates with other child advocacy organizations on the state and national levels. TACFS is a member of the Child Welfare League of America (CWLA), the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities (National Alliance), and the National Organization of State Associations for Children (NOSAC).
The TACFS advocacy approach:
TELLING OUR STORY Providing context and understanding, names and faces to the critical issues facing decision makers.
BUILDING RELATIONSHIPS Connecting, working together, and establishing trust and reliance on each other in our communities and statewide level to better serve Texans.
SHARING RESEARCH AND INFORMATION Seeking to use better understand complex issues through our work at the Texas Center for Child and Family Services, and in turn to become a resource for data and research-driven solutions.
Texas at a glance...
7.5 million children living in Texas.
31,772 children are under the care of the state.
11,612 children living with kinship caregivers.
6,689 families served statewide through prevention and early intervention programs.
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TACFS advocates on behalf of child and family service agencies with continued emphasis on promoting legislation and funding that supports our members and their missions to serve at-risk children and families. This section will give you valuable and timely information and analyses regarding the latest legislative actions, at both the state and federal levels.
TACFS reports on new rules, legislation, and policies, and provides in-depth analysis and comment on licensing rules, residential contracts, published laws, and state policies.This section will give you valuable and timely information and analyses regarding the latest updates on Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS), Texas Health and Human Services (HHS), Residential Child Care Licensing (RCCL), and Contracts.