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Legislative Information

TACFS advocates for policies, practices, and funding that advances the quality and care for at-risk children, youth, and families. This section will give you valuable and timely information regarding the latest legislative actions, at both the state and federal levels, and offers analysis on how they affect you and your agency.

Families first act

On February 9, 2018, Congress passed the Families First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA) as part of a spending agreement. FFPSA has been considered as a stand alone bill for several years. FFPSA is an important bill that will impact the way services are funded and delivered to children, youth, and families in the child protection system.

TACFS is analyzing this important piece of legislation for our members and working closely with our state and federal partners to work through changes made in the legislation. 

TACFS member Advocacy 

We believe the stories of our members and the children and families they serve are a critical voice in our advocacy efforts. If you are interested in getting involved, please contact info@tacfs.org. 

Advocacy resources

TACFS members can find more advocacy resources, such as legislative district and contact information here.

85th Legislative interim

Senate Health and Human Services Interim Report

House Human Services Interim Report

Interim Charges Released
Senate Charges Part 1 and Part 2

More resources from the 85th Legislative Session

Community based care

Community Based Care (CBC), formerly known as Foster Care Redesign is a community-based approach to meeting the individual and unique needs of children, youth, and families in the foster care system. Within a geographic service area, a single contractor (officially a Single Source Continuum Contractor or SSCC) is responsible for finding foster homes or other living arrangements for children in state care and providing them a full continuum of services.

The SSCC is held to performance standards that promote the health, safety, and well-being of children, such as keeping children close to home, keeping sibling groups together, and achieving permanency. 

For more information, please visit the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services' Community Based Care webpage

Our Community - Our Kids

Our Community - Our Kids is the SSCC for DFPS in Region 3b. As the SSCC, Our Community Our Kids (OCOK) manages the continuum of care provided to children in foster care and their families. Learn more about OC-OK here.

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