April is here, and that means it’s national Child Abuse Prevention Month (CAPM)! In 2017, TexProtects | Champions for Children also became Prevent Child Abuse Texas – the Texas chapter of Prevent Child Abuse America (PCAA). This year, PCAA and all of its state chapters are spreading the message: Preventing child abuse and neglect can […]Read More April Is Child Abuse Prevention Month!
The Texas Legislature has a rule: Bills may not be considered for floor debate in either the House or Senate during the first 60 days of the 140-day session unless designated an emergency by the Governor. This allows members to spend adequate time in committee meetings vetting them. That 60 days is up! We have […]Read More The 86th Texas Legislature is heating up
One of the main purposes of the “Champions” blog is to highlight success stories from family support home visiting programs that illustrate how vital they are in building family resiliency. TexProtects advocated for the legislative funding that helped bring Nurse-Family Partnership to Texas, and has been a strong supporter of NFP ever since. During the 86th Texas […]Read More Megan’s Story: Nurse-Family Partnership Parent Ambassador
This past week, the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services made two important releases: An update of Fiscal Year 2018 Data Book information and its Child Maltreatment Fatalities and Near Fatalities Annual Report. Below are some of the most significant numbers and trends that will be useful to you as a child protection advocate. DFPS Data Book […]Read More 2018 Child Abuse Data Shows Deaths on the Rise
By Pamela McPeters TexProtects Vice President of Public Affairs The budget is one of the most significant responsibilities of the Texas Legislature. The Senate Finance and House Appropriations Committees of the 86th Legislature will soon be underway crafting the fiscal years 2020-2021 General Appropriations Act. As these committees work on competing interests, including school finance, […]Read More The State Budget: Building Upon Success
The 86th Legislative Session will begin January 8, 2019, and in preparation, the Department of Family and Protective Services released its Legislative Appropriations Request (LAR) for Fiscal Years 2020-2021 on August 31. First, let’s review the previous session: Before the 2017 Texas Legislative Session, Child Protective Services was plagued with problems. Governor Greg Abbott declared […]Read More DFPS Submits Legislative Appropriations Request for 2019 Session
There’s a growing recognition across the country and in Texas that the experiences – positive or negative – during the first few years of childhood provide the foundation for a child’s life for decades to come. Advocates, policymakers, philanthropists, and community leaders have worked to develop supports for families and children during this critical time, […]Read More Working Together to Build a Prenatal to Age Three Policy Vision for Texas