The 85th Texas Legislature was one for the history books when it comes to child welfare. From the unprecedented investment of an additional $508 million in the child protection system to the authorization of expanded community-based care and numerous other key decisions in between, Texas took major strides toward achieving the rallying cry of “Let’s Get It Right” that was adopted by legislative members and advocates alike.
In 2015, Governor Abbott declared at his inauguration, “Our children transcend politics.” This year, the governor made the child protection system the first of his emergency items for consideration, and the Legislature – already having committed to giving this subject high-priority treatment – responded in many meaningful ways. Upbring was pleased to support 64 different bills from 40 different legislative authors, including several of the session’s highest priority bills. Read More