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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

Interim Charges Released
Senate Charges Part 1 and Part 2

Upcoming Legislative Interim Hearings

  • Review the efficacy and quality of services offered to ensure family preservation while in the Family Based Social Services (FBSS) stage of service at the Department of Family and Protective Services. Make recommendations to better track quality of services and link payments to providers of these services to outcomes for families and children.
  • Review services and supports provided to children in Permanent Managing Conservatorship of the state, and the level of preparedness given to youth aging out of state care. Examine the impact of recent legislation related to these populations and make recommendations to ensure youth in care are ready for adulthood and to reduce the likelihood of intergenerational perpetuation of child maltreatment.
  • Assess the effectiveness of public and private agency efforts to recruit and retain foster parents. Identify barriers to entry and obstacles that prevent interested families from continuing to provide foster care. Recommend solutions to increase foster recruitment and address non-renewals, especially in first-time foster parents.

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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