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Awards Gala October - Union Station - October 3, 2019
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2013 (83rd Legislative Session) Accomplishments

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  • Secured $7.9 million in new State General Revenue for home visiting programs across Texas.
  • Advocated for the restoration of millions in funding cuts to Child Protective Services.
  • Established the Texas Home Visiting Trust Fund. This allows for voluntary donations to be made on copies birth certificates, marriage licenses and divorce decrees and initial marriage license applications. All collected funds will go to the Texas Home Visiting Program, which will fund home visiting programs across the state in order to serve more families.
  • Required schools, charter schools, and institutions of higher education to train all staff on recognizing, reporting, and preventing child abuse and neglect. Required that they adopt and implement a reporting policy consistent with state mandatory reporting laws.
  • Increased access to CPS records for court-appointed evaluators.
  • Increased access to protective orders for domestic violence victims.
  • Strengthened placement stability and permanency for foster youth.
  • Increased penalty for statutorily defined “professional reporters,” failing to report child abuse, with the intent to deceive. Penalties may now range from the Class A misdemeanor to a state jail felony.
  • Promoted educational success for foster youth by successfully advocating for greater flexibility in order to graduate from high school.