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									CJA TASK FORCE MEETING
 July 22, 2011, 9:00 am-12:00 pm
   Texas Center for the Judiciary
                     TABLE OF CONTENTS




Agenda………………………………………………………………………………                1

Task Force Roster………………………………………………………………….         2

Meeting Dates………………………………………………………………………            4

Meeting Minutes (7/22/11)…………………………………………………………     5

Bylaws effective 10/1/2011…………………………………………………………    19

CEDD Summary…………………………………………………………………...            27

2011 Grant Summaries……………………………………………………………         28

Grantee 4th Quarter Updates……………………………………………………..   33

2012 Implementation Plan…………………………………………………………      43

2012 Grant Summaries……………………………………………………………         48

2011 Budget………………………………………………………. ……………….           64

2012 Budget………………………………………………………………………….            65

Task Force Member Terms……………………………………………………….       66-67

Committee Rosters………………………………………………………………….         68

Committee Scope of Work…...………………………..………………………….   71

News and Interest…………………………………………………………. ………        74
                                    TX Children’s Justice Act Task Force Members

Dean Rucker, Chair                      Cathy Crabtree, Vice Chair
District Judge                          Director of Chapter Development
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318 Family District Court               9600 Great Hills Drive, Ste. 150W
Midland County Courthouse               Austin ,TX 78759
200 west Wall St., Ste. 200             (512) 971-2367
Midland, TX 79701                       ccrabtree@nca-online.org
(432) 688-4390
ruckerd@co.midland.tx.us
Roy Block                               William Briley                         Kriste Burnett
Executive Director                      Parent Representative                  Attorney at Law
Texas Foster Family Association         3315 - 36th Street                     904 W. Henderson
18751 Castellani                        Lubbock, Texas 79413                   Cleburne, TX 76033
San Antonio, TX 78258                    (806) 543-4934 cell                   (817) 648-0002
(210) 493-7567                          Wbriley71@yahoo.com                    (817) 648-0012
(210) 493-7153 fax                                                             kriste.burnett@gmail.com
(210) 394-7933 cell
royblocktsfpi@aol.com
Cozette Bustamante                      Audrey Deckinga                        De Shaun Ealoms
Director, Crime Scenes Unit             CPS Assistant Commissioner              Parent Program Specialist
San Antonio Police Department           TDFPS                                  TDFPS
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515 S. Frio                             701 W. 51 Street (MC: E-557)           701 W. 51 Street (MC: W-157)
San Antonio, TX 78207                   Austin, TX 78751                       Austin, TX 78751
(210) 207-7641                          (512) 438-5776                         (512) 438-2224
Cozette.Bustamante@sanantonio.gov       audrey.deckinga@dfps.state.tx.us       (512-438-3782 fax
                                                                               deshaun.ealoms@dfps.state.tx.us
Jon Evans                               Kristen Foster                         Joe Gagen
Attorney at Law                         Associate                              CEO
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806 W. 11 St.                           Henslee Schwartz, L.L.P                Texas CASA, Inc.
Austin, TX 78701                        11301 Larue Belle Lane                 1501 West Anderson Lane, B-1
(512) 476-4075                          Austin, TX 78739                       Austin, TX 78757
(512) 477-6840 fax                      (512)426-7177                          (512) 473-2627
JonTEvans@aol.com                       kfoster@hensleeschwartz.com            (512) 473-8271 fax
                                        kzingaro1@yahoo.com                    jgagen@texascasa.org




Tom Gaylor                              Rolf Habersang                         Denise Hyde
Public Strategies Consultant            Texas Tech University Health Science   Attorney at Law
(512) 550-4884                          Center, Dept. of Pediatrics            812 San Antonio Street, Suite 304
tgaylor@yahoo.com                       1600 S. Coulter, Bldg F, Suite 600     Austin, Texas 78701
                                        Amarillo, TX 79106                     (512) 474-9911
                                        (806) 468-4316                         (512) 476-4622 fax
                                        (806) 468-4359 fax                     denise@hyde-law.com
                                        rhabersang@aahsllp.com




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                                         TX Children’s Justice Act Task Force Members

Joyce James                                    Randi King                             Margaret U. Lalk
Associate Deputy Executive Commissioner        Assistant District Attorney            Attorney at Law
Center for Elimination of Disproportionality   Jefferson County District Attorney’s   P.O. Box 92212
and Disparities                                Office                                 Austin, TX 78709
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Texas Health & Human Services                  1001 Pearl St., 3 Floor                (512) 417-1937 cell
Commission                                     Beaumont, TX 77701                     (512) 590-8688 fax
4900 North Lamar Blvd.                         (409) 835-8615                         mlalk@earthlink.net
Mail Code: 1479                                (409) 835-8684 fax
Austin, TX 78751                               rking@co.jefferson.tx.us
(512) 487-3396                                 thekings4775@yahoo.com
(512) 424-6974 fax
joyce.james@hhsc.state.tx.us

James Lukefahr                                 Chris Oldner                           Daniela Ontiveroz
University of Texas Health Science Center      District Judge                         Youth Specialist
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7703 Floyd Curl Dr. (MC: 7821)                 416 Judicial District Court            TDFPS
San Antonio, TX 78229                          2100 Bloomdale, Suite 20030            901 W. Wall
(210) 704-3953                                 McKinney, TX 75071                     Midland, TX 79701
(210) 704-3800                                 (972) 548-4520                         (432) 686-2297
(210) 704-3392 fax                             (972) 548-4525 fax                     (432) 557-3400 cell
lukefahr@uthscsa.edu                           coldner@co.collin.tx.us                Daniela.ontiveroz@dfps.state.tx.us



Daniel Powers                                  Joy Rauls                              Fairy Rutland
 Senior Vice President of Clinical and         Executive Director                     Director, Appeals Division
Administrative Services                        Children Advocacy Centers of Texas     Texas Health & Human Services Commission
Children’s Advocacy Center of Collin           1501 West Anderson Lane, B-1           P.O. Box 149030 (MC: W-613)
County                                         Austin, TX 78757                       Austin, TX 78714-9030
2205 Los Rios Blvd                             jrauls@cactx.org                       (512) 231-5717
Plano TX 75074                                                                        (512) 231-5779 fax
972-633-6615                                                                          fairy.rutland@hhsc.state.tx.us
214-707-7471 cell
dpowers@caccollincounty.org
Gerry Williams
General Counsel
TDFPS
P.O. Box 149030 (MC: E-611)
Austin, TX 78714-9030 (512) 438-3805
(512) 438-3022 fax
gerry.williams@dfps.state.tx.us


Staff
 Ginny Woods                                   Heidi Penix                            Colette Bonstead
Director                                       Grant Manager                          Finance Associate
(512) 482-8986                                 (512) 482-8986                         (512) 482-8986
ginnyw@yourhonor.com                           heidip@yourhonor.com                   coletteb@yourhonor.com




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                     2011 CJA Task Force Meeting/Training Dates

                   July 22                 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.        Texas Center for the Judiciary
                   October 28              9 a.m. – 4 p.m.        Texas Center for the Judiciary
                   January 27              9 a.m. – 4 p.m.        Texas Center for the Judiciary




Conference Calendar
                                                                                                   Carver Library
               Austin Disproportionality Advisory Committee                          May 5
                                                                                                      Austin

                         Undoing Racism Training                                    June 1-2          Austin


              Statewide Disproportionality Task Force Meeting                       June 20           Austin

                             National CJA Meeting                                  Jun. 20-22      Alexandria, VA

                Harris County ITC 2nd Regional Conference*                         Jun. 23-24        Houston

                     CPS/Associate Judges Conference                                 Jul. 6-8         Austin
      14th Bi-Annual ABA National Conferences on Children and the Law              Jul. 15-16      Washington DC
                      Fatherhood Roundtable Event*                                   July 16        Brownsville
                      NCJFCJ 74th Annual Conference                                Jul. 24-27        New York
                         Undoing Racism Training                                    Aug. TBD         Houston
              23rd Annual Crimes Against Children Conference                       Aug. 8-11           Dallas
 12th National Conference on Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation Prevention        Aug. 23-25      Huntsville, AL
   NACC 34th National Child Welfare, Juvenile, and Family Law Conference         Aug. 29-Sep. 1    San Diego, CA
       16th International Conference on Violence, Abuse, and Trauma                Sep. 11-14      San Diego, CA
 National DEC and National Center on Substance Abuse and National Welfare                            National
                                                                                   Sep. 14-16
           Joint Conference on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare                                    Harbor, MD

                         Undoing Racism Training                                    Oct. TBD         Dallas, TX

                   Texas CASA 22nd Annual Conference*                              Oct. 13-15       San Marcos
                        CACTX Annual Conference*                                   Oct. 17-19         Austin

              *CJA Grantees




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                   MINUTES of Texas Children’s Justice Act Task Force
                           Meeting date: January 28, 2011

Call to order: A regular meeting of the Texas Children’s Justice Act Task (CJA) Force, was
held at the Texas Center for the Judiciary (TCJ), Austin, TX on January 28, 2011. The meeting
convened at 9:03 a.m., Judge Dean Rucker, Chair, presiding.

Members in attendance: Kriste Burnett, Cozette Bustamante, Cathy Crabtree, De Shaun
Ealoms, Jon Evans, Kristen Foster, Joe Gagen, Tom Gaylor, Rolf Habersang, Denise Hyde,
Joyce James, Randi King, Margaret Lalk, James Lukefahr, Chris Oldner, Daniela Ontiveroz, Dan
Powers, Joy Rauls, Dean Rucker, and Fairy Rutland.

Also in attendance: Heidi Penix, Ginny Woods, Colette Bonstead, Tina Amberboy, Dan
Capouch, Ryan Miller, Susan Miller, Randall Sarosdy, Kenneth Thompson, Meghan Weller, and
Laura Wolf.

Welcome and Introductions by Honorable Dean Rucker. Judge Rucker welcomed members
and guests. Introductions were made around the room.

Approval of November 5, 2010 minutes: Motion was made by Joyce James and seconded by
Fairy Rutland to approve the minutes of the November 5th, 2010 meeting. Motion carried without
opposition.

Project Spotlights
Transitioning Youth Initiative by Laura Wolf, Executive Director, and Ryan Miller,
Transitioning Youth Specialist Team Leader, CASA of Travis County. The mission of the
Transitioning Youth Project is to provide children at risk of aging out of the foster care system
with a greater ability to achieve success as independent, healthy adults through specialized
advocacy in the areas of Education, Preparation, and Connections, synergetic relationships with
community partners and innovative best practices models for transitioning youth. Currently, 5
full-time staff members and more than 100 volunteers are working with transitioning youth. The
Transitioning Youth staff and volunteers are also involved in a new transition court pilot called
Sync2, Successful Youth Needing Community and Connection. The Sync2 Court was piloted
with 8 youth with co-occurring juvenile cases. Under this model, court hearings are youth-
centered, and less formal than a traditional “hearing” to focus on empowering and supporting the
youth to take ownership of his or her transition to adulthood.

Accidental and Inflicted Mechanisms of Injury DVD by Dr. James Lukefahr, Child Abuse
Pediatrician, University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio. Dr. Lukefahr
demonstrated various animated sequences from the instructional DVD funded by CJA. The
project will achieve the final objectives of launching a website for the animations, as well as
completing a downloadable application for mobile devices by April. Task Force members
suggested as possible avenues for disseminating the resource the Texas District and County
Attorneys Association, Texas Lawyers for Children, the Forensic Assessment Center Network,
Children’s Advocacy Centers of Texas, and the Texas Municipal Police Association. Joyce




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James noted how the distinction between accidental and inflicted mechanisms of injury relates to
ongoing discussion about implicit bias in mandated reporters.

Texas Center for Judiciary by Randall Sarosdy, Executive Director, Texas Center for the
Judiciary. The Texas Center for the Judiciary’s programs are funded primarily by grants from the
Court of Criminal Appeals, the Supreme Court of Texas, and the Texas Department of
Transportation. Mr. Sarosdy gave an overview of the following judicial education programs the
Texas Center will present, host, or provide scholarships to in the upcoming year:

•   You Asked for It, You Got It, Feb. 27-Mar. 1, Horseshoe Bay
•   National Drug Court Institute, Mar. 21-25, Lubbock
•   National Conference on Juvenile and Family Law, Mar. 27-30, Reno, NV
•   Evidence-Based Sentencing, Mar. 28-30, Galveston
•   Texas College for Judicial Studies, Apr. 10-15, Austin
•   DWI Court Team Training, May 2-5, San Antonio
•   DWI Technology Conference and Criminal Justice Conference, May 16-18, Dallas
•   Implicit Bias, Jun. 6-7, Austin
•   Professional Development Program, Jun. 12-17, Austin
•   Family Violence, Jun. 27-28, San Antonio
•   CPS/Associate Judges, Jul. 6-8, Austin
•   DWI College for Trial Judges, Jul. 11-13, Austin
•   National Council for Juvenile and Family Court Judges Annual Conference, Jul. 24-27, New
    York
•   Beyond the Bench, Aug. 24-26, Austin
•   DWI College for Court Team Members, Aug. 29-31, Austin

Children’s Commission Update by Tina Amberboy, Executive Director, Texas Supreme Court
Permanent Commission on Children, Youth, and Families. Ms. Amberboy reported on the
Commission’s current projects, partnerships, and legislative agenda. In 2010, the Commission
awarded $2,085,000 to serve 925 judges, 11,292 attorneys, 8,649 CASA volunteers/guardian ad
litems, and 41,130 parents and children. Additionally, the Commission supported fifteen training
events, providing 5,720 continuing education hours for 782 attorneys and judges. In 2011, the
Children’s Commission will reconvene its workgroup on long-term foster care to create a
benchmark pilot, hold a round table to address the issue of reunification, create a committee to
look at educational barriers facing foster children, and continue to provide technical assistance to
judges utilizing permanency data. Nationally, the Commission will participate on an advisory
group helping other states establish children’s commission, collaborate with the National Council
on Juvenile and Family Court Judges on a legal orphan project, and partner with the National
Association of Counsel for Children to reform the Interstate Compact for the Placement of
Children. Additionally, the Commission will partner with the Texas Center for the Judiciary to
provide CPS-focused judicial education programs and continue to improve technological tools
available to judges hearing CPS cases. During the legislative session, the Children’s Commission
will convene a workgroup to provide feedback for resource papers addressing specific
legislation.




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Project Updates by Heidi Penix, CJA Grant Administrator. Ms. Penix gave an overview of the
site visit process and provided an update on grant activities from the first quarter. During
December and January, CJA staff performed site visits on five grantees: East Texas CASA, CAC
of Texas, CASA of Travis County, Training and Research Institute for Professional Law
Enforcement, and Texas CASA. The purpose of site visits is to perform a basic organizational
and financial review to ensure grantees are in compliance with the federal grant regulations and
their Children’s Justice Act award. Grantees prepared an extensive list of documents in advance
of the visits. CJA staff utilized a checklist to test for risk in areas such as internal controls,
supplies and materials, services and reimbursable costs, grant/financial files, and time reporting.
Additionally, staff tested cost allocation methodology and expenses against the general ledger.
Finally, staff would spend time talking with each grantee about their project and how CJA staff
might be able to help grantees to meet their objectives. All grantees passed all sections of the site
visit. Specific information regarding grantee first quarter reports was included starting on page
27 of the meeting notebook.

Budget Report by Ginny Woods, CJA Director. Ms. Woods reviewed the budgets for the 2010
and 2011 grant years. After closing out 2010 grant year, $146,937.14 was carried forward to
2011. $50,000 of the remaining funds can be attributed to the previous year’s budget reserve;
over $53,000 remained from OCA’s Child Protection Court Enhancement project because the
project director did not come on board until late January; and just over $20,000 is attributed to
the UTHSCSA project which received a grant extension to complete their project. Taking into
account the carry-forward amount, $114,098.96 remains for new projects. Ms. Woods
recommends leaving about $10,000 unobligated at this time.

CJA’s share of TCJ operating costs has decreased about $19,000 from what was originally
budgeted due to a new allocation methodology for shared costs. Additionally, Ms. Woods
expects to confirm additional decreases to operating expense line items by April’s meeting.

Prosecutor Training by Cathy Crabtree, CJA Vice Chair. Ms. Crabtree informed the Task Force
about a meeting recently between Ms. Crabtree, CJA staff and representatives from the Texas
District and County Attorneys Association. At the meeting, Ms. Crabtree expressed CJA’s desire
to support TDCAA training initiatives related to child abuse, which would also satisfy Task
Force Initiative A.2.3. Additionally, Ms. Crabtree invited TDCAA to send a representative to
attend future Task Force meetings with the possibility of adding someone from their organization
to the Task Force at the July elections. CJA staff recommends setting aside $10,000 for TDCAA
conference sponsorships or scholarships. Motion was made by Rolf Habersang and seconded by
Denise Hyde to set aside $10,000 to support prosecutor training. Motion carried without
opposition.

Family Based Safety Services and Investigations Joint Intensive Staff Training. The
Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) submitted a full grant proposal as part of
the competitive grant process last spring. The proposal was scored and did not rank high enough
to receive funding at the beginning of the fiscal year; however, the Task Force agreed to
reconsider the proposal pending the availability of additional funds. The summary of the
proposal was included on page 34 of the meeting notebook.




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The training supports Task Force Initiative A.2.2. DFPS is requesting $100,000 to support a
FBSS/Investigations joint intensive staff training. DFPS will use the funds for conference
expenses and to support the travel of attendees. The summary of the proposed project was sent to
the Task Force in advance of the meeting. Staff is recommending the Task Force award $90,000-
95,000 to DFPS in support of the training event. Motion was made by Chris Oldner and
seconded by Fairy Rutland to award DFPS $95,000.00 for the FBSS/Investigations joint
intensive staff training. Motion carried without opposition.

Conference on Disproportionality and Disparities by Joyce James, Associate Deputy
Executive Commission, Center for the Elimination of Disproportionality and Disparities
(Center), Health and Human Services Commission. The Center will develop a basic primer to
introduce child professionals and stakeholders, including Children’s Justice Act grantees, to the
topics of disproportionality and disparities. The guide will define disproportionality and
disparities, give examples from relevant data, and list resources. Ideally, this guide would be a
used to begin to lay a foundation in this work and set the context for a larger training event. Ms.
James will develop a full grant proposal for consideration at the April Task Force meeting.

Child Friendly Courtrooms by Joy Rauls, Executive Director and Meghan Weller, Director of
Public Affairs, Children’s Advocacy Centers of Texas (CACTX). CACTX is working to develop
a resource book for judges on child-friendly court rooms. The goal of the project is to ensure that
all courts statewide, particularly criminal courts, know ways to accommodate children who are
testifying in the court room. This project would support Task Force Initiative C.2.2. It would also
provide an opportunity to partner with the Commission and the Texas Center for the Judiciary to
disseminate the information. Judge Rucker mentioned the bench card on engaging children in the
court room developed by the American Bar Association as a possible resource. Other suggestions
include creating a section to share judges’ anecdotes and collaborating with the defense bar in its
development. CACTX will develop a full grant proposal for consideration at the April Task
Force meeting.

Legislative Discussion Staff prepared list of relevant bills filed. Judge Rucker opened the floor
to discuss those bills of most interest to the Task Force.

HB 436 would allow foster parents to seek adoption after a child has been in their home for at
least six months. The Children’s Commission has a resource paper pending on this bill.

HB 545 would provide an affirmative defense to indecency with a child for certain students who
engage in sexual contact with another student at least in 9th grade. The bill is in response to the
Adam Walsh Act, which takes away states’ discretion about whether or not individual juvenile
offenders must register as sex offenders. The final version of this bill is expected to come out of
Senator Zaffirini’s office.

HB 792 would require service plans to inform parents that compliance with the service plan is
voluntary. Parents who are unable or unwilling to sign a service plan may file a motion for a
hearing to approve the plan. If, the parents refuse to sign the plan, the plan would not take effect
until approved by the court. Additionally, the bill creates a rebuttable presumption that placing a




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child with a designated caregiver is in the best interests of the child and would not require DFPS
to conduct a home study in these circumstances.

HB 945 adds a chapter to the Human Resource Code establishing an interagency council charged
with addressing disproportionality in child welfare, juvenile justice, education and mental health
systems. The Task Force will be chaired by the Center for the Elimination of Disproportionality
and Disparities and will make recommendations to the Lt. Governor’s Office.

Appointment Bylaws Committee Judge Rucker appointed Cathy Crabtree as Chair of the
Bylaws Committee. Additionally, he appointed Dan Powers, Tom Gaylor, and Gerry Williams to
serve on the committee. The Bylaws Committee is charged with reviewing the current CJA
Bylaws and making recommendations for amendments as needed to the full Task Force. The
committee’s recommendations will be discussed at the April Task Force meeting.

Review of Next Steps/Future Meeting Dates/Adjourn:
Staff will get the meeting dates of the disproportionality advisory committees and provide to
Task Force members at the next meeting.

Judge Rucker reminded members of the upcoming CJA Task Force meeting dates:

•      April 21, 2011         9 a.m. – 4 p.m.        Texas Center for the Judiciary
•      July 22, 2011          9 a.m. – 4 p.m.        Texas Center for the Judiciary

The meeting was adjourned at 12:21pm

These minutes were approved at a Texas Children’s Justice Act Task Force meeting on April 21,
2011.




CJA Task Force Chair




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   Texas Children’s Justice Act Task Force Bylaws
                     Adopted 9/28/07




Revised:
      1/29/09




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                                          Article I - Name
                                               Name

1.1   . The name of this organization advisory body shall be the Texas Children’s Justice Act Task
      Force, (“Task Force”).

                                Article II –Statutory Basis/Purpose
                                      Statutory Basis/Purpose

2.1   Purpose. The Task Force is established in accordance with the Child Abuse Prevention and
      Treatment Act (codified at 42 USC 5106c) (“Children’s Justice Act”) which authorizes grants to
      states to develop, establish, and operate programs designed to improve:

             2.1.1 The handling of child abuse and neglect casesassessment and investigation of
                   suspected child abuse and neglect cases, particularly including cases of
                   suspected child sexual abuse and exploitation, in a manner which limits
                   additional trauma to the child victim and the child’s family;

             2.1.2 The handling assessment and investigation of cases of suspected child abuse-
                   related fatalities and suspected child or neglect- related fatalities;

             2.1.3 The investigation and prosecution of cases of child abuse and neglect,
                   particularly including child sexual abuse and exploitation; and


             2.1.4 The handling assessment and investigation of cases involving children with
                   disabilities or serious health-related problems who are suspected victims of
                   abuse or neglect.

2.2   Recommendation Categories. Children’s Justice Act grants shall be used to implement Task
      Force recommendations in the following three categories:

             2.2.1 Handling Assessment and Investigation of cases of child abuse and neglect.
                   Investigative, administrative, and judicial handling of cases of child abuse and
                   neglect, particularly including child sexual abuse and exploitation and cases
                   involving children with disabilities or serious health-related problems, as well as
                   cases involving suspected child-maltreatment-related fatalities and cases
                   involving a potential combination of jurisdictions, such as interstate, federal-
                   state, and state-tribal, in a manner which reduces the additional trauma to the
                   child victim and the victim’s family and which also ensures procedural fairness
                   to the accused;

             2.2.2 Innovative approaches. Experimental, model, and demonstration programs for
                   testing innovative approaches and techniques which may improve the prompt
                   and successful resolution of civil and criminal court proceedings or enhance the


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                     effectiveness of judicial and administrative action in child abuse and neglect
                     cases, particularly child sexual abuse and exploitation cases and cases involving
                     children with disabilities or serious health-related problems, including the
                     enhancement of performance of court-appointed attorneys and guardians ad
                     litem for children, and which also ensure procedural fairness to the accused;
                     and

              2.2.3 Process improvement. Reform of state laws, ordinances, regulations, protocols
                    and procedures to provide comprehensive protection for children from abuse,
                    including sexual abuse and exploitation, while ensuring fairness to all affected
                    persons.


2.3   Limitations. Supporting child abuse prevention programs or treatment services is not an
      appropriate use of CJA funds.

                                        Article III - Activities
                                              Activities

3.1   Advisory Role. The Task Force shall act as an Advisory Committee to the Governor’s Office or
      its designee.

3.2   Task Force Responsibilities. The Task Force’s duties responsibilities are as follows:

              3.2.1 Participate in the three-year assessment process to comprehensively evaluate
                    the State’s investigative, administrative and judicial handling of cases of child
                    abuse and neglect, including child sexual abuse, as well as cases involving
                    suspected child-maltreatment related fatalities and cases involving a potential
                    combination of jurisdictions. The Task Force must make policy and training
                    recommendations to improve the child protection system based on its
                    assessment.

              3.2.2 Determine the priorities that will guide the grant-making process as well as
                    inform CJA’s purpose.

              3.2.3 Make recommendations regarding legislative or policy issues. The Task force
                    may submit to the legislature proposed statutory improvements consistent with
                    its mission or recommendations, or express opinions on other state policy
                    issues. In order to make a recommendation on a legislative or policy issue the
                    matter must be presented to and approved by the Task Force.

              3.2.4 Support CJA staff. The Task Force should ensure that CJA staff has the resources
                    and support they need to further the goals of the Task Force.

              3.2.5 Ensure effective planning. The Task Force must actively participate in periodic
                    planning processes and assist in implementing and monitoring resulting
                    recommendations.


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             3.2.6 Monitor and strengthen programs and services. The Task Force’s responsibility
                   is to determine which programs are consistent with Task Force
                   recommendations and monitor the effectiveness of those programs.

             3.2.7 Build a competent Task Force. The Task Force has a responsibility to articulate
                   prerequisites for candidates, orient new members, and periodically and
                   comprehensively evaluate their own performance.

             3.2.8 Ensure ethical integrity. The Task Force is ultimately responsible for adherence
                   to grant conditions and ethical norms. Task Force members should recognize
                   and disclose conflicts of interest. Task Force members shall not communicate
                   with potential grantees regarding pending applications nor communicate with
                   existing grantees in manners related to grant administration.

             3.2.9 Enhance the organization's public standing. The Task Force should clearly
                   articulate CJA’s mission, accomplishments, and goals to the public and garner
                   support from the community.

             3.2.10 Attend Task Force meetings. New Task Force members must attend a new
                    member orientation prior to the first Task Force meeting of the fiscal year. All
                    Task Force members must regularly attend quarterly Task Force meetings.

             3.2.11 Actively contribute skills, expertise, and knowledge to Task Force. Members
                    must serve on committees and working groups as needed. Members should
                    attend professional development programs relevant to the purpose and goals of
                    the Task Force.
             3.2.12 Approve projects supported by the CJA grant. The Task Force will approve
                    subawards and other project-related funding decisions.
3.3   Staff Responsibilities. Staff responsibilities are as follows:

             3.3.1 Coordinate and provide support for Task Force, committee, and working group
                     meetings.
             3.3.2 Participate in discussions as appropriate during Task Force, committee, and
                   working group meetings.

             3.3.3 Prepare the annual federal application and other required reports.

             3.3.4 Develop processes for implementing Task Force recommendations.

             3.3.5 Review and recommend projects for CJA support.

             3.3.6 Perform daily administrative functions of grant, including programmatic and
                   fiscal monitoring.

             3.3.7 Provide updates to Task Force members on grant activities.

             3.3.8 Act as primary contact with grantees and prospective grantees regarding
                   funding opportunities and grant activities.


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                 3.3.9 Develop and maintain Task Force budget.
State Task Force Study. At three-year intervals, the Task Force shall document that it has
comprehensively:

      (1) reviewed and evaluated State investigative, administrative and both civil and criminal judicial
          handling of cases of child abuse and neglect, particularly child sexual abuse and exploitation,
          as well as cases involving suspected child-maltreatment-related fatalities and cases involving a
          potential combination of jurisdictions, such as interstate, Federal-State, and State-Tribal; and

      (2) made policy and training recommendations (Task Force Recommendations) in each of the
          categories described in Article II, Section 2, as well as other comments and recommendations
          as are considered relevant and useful.

In this process, the Task Force may consider information obtained through a variety of sources, such
as formal assessments, questionnaires, opinions of experts, and the professional experiences and
judgment of Task Force members.

Project Approval. All grant applications shall be reviewed using the appropriate process previously
adopted by the Task Force. At a minimum, applications should be evaluated for completeness,
compliance with federal grant requirements, and alignment with the strategic goals of the Task Force.
The Task Force recommendations will be shared with the Office of the Governor, or designee, which
has final decision making authority for funding.

Project Implementation. The Task Force shall monitor the progress made on the above
recommendations or comparable alternatives to such.

Legislation and Public Policy. The Task Force may submit to the legislature and the Texas Supreme
Court proposed statutory improvements consistent with its mission or recommendations, or express
opinions on other state policy issues. In order to make a recommendation on a legislative or policy
issue, the matter must be presented to and approved by the Task Force.

                                          Article IV - Membership

4.1      Mandatory Representation. The Task Force shall be composed of individuals with knowledge
         and experience relating to the criminal justice system and issues of child physical abuse, child
         neglect, child sexual abuse and exploitation, and child maltreatment related fatalities. In
         accordance with the federal program instructions, the Task Force shall include members
         representing the following disciplines:

                 4.2.2   Law enforcement Community;
                 4.2.3   Criminal Court Judge(s);
                 4.2.4   Civil Court Judge(s);
                 4.2.5   Prosecuting Attorney(s);
                 4.2.6   Defense Attorney(s);
                 4.2.7   Child Advocate(s) (Attorneys for Children);

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               4.2.8    Court Appointed Special Advocate Representative(s);
               4.2.9    Health Professional(s);
               4.2.10   Mental Health Professional(s);
               4.2.11   Child Protective Service Agencies;
               4.2.12   Individual(s) experienced in working with children with disabilities;
               4.2.13   Parent Group Representative(s);
               4.2.14   Adult former victims of child abuse or neglect; and
               4.2.15   Individuals experienced in working with homeless children and youth.



4.2    Discretionary Members. Other members may be added at the discretion of the Task Force.

4.3.   Ex-Officio Members. Executive-level representatives from The Assistant Commissioner of Child
       Protective Services, the Executive Director of Texas CASA, and the Executive Director of
       Children’s Advocacy Centers of Texas, and Texas District and County Attorneys Association
       shall be standing ex-officio members of the Task Force. hip Ex-officio members shall not have
       voting power and shall not be eligible for office. positions not subject to the general election.
       These members may also fulfill one of the discipline requirements set out in Section 1 of this
       article.

4.4    Member Diversity. So far as may be possible, the Task Force should strive to attain members
       who bring diverse perspectives and reflect the varied ethnicities and, genders, and as well as
       the various geographic communities located in Texas.

Section 5. A general election of members shall be held annually in the last quarter of the federal fiscal
year. Membership shall commence on the first day of the federal fiscal year.

4.6    Task Force Elections. The Membership Committee shall present nominations for new and
       renewing Task Force members at the Task Force meeting immediately preceding the beginning
       of the next fiscal year. Recommendations from the Membership Committee shall be provided
       to the Task Force in writing before nominations are made and voted on. New and renewing
       Task Force members shall be elected by a majority of Task Force members at a Task Force
       meeting at which a quorum is present. Membership shall commence on the first day of the
       federal fiscal year. Any current member may submit the name of a potential nominee to the
       Nominating Committee no later than 30 days before the Task Force meeting at which the
       nomination of members will be considered. The member must have obtained consent of the
       nominee and must submit the nominee’s biographical summary or resume at the time the
       potential nominee’s name is submitted. The Nominating Committee shall confer for the
       purpose of reviewing potential nominees, and if the committee elects to recommend
       nominee(s), their name(s) shall be submitted to the Task Force, along with appropriate
       biographical summaries or resumes. Only names placed in nomination by the committee will
       be considered by the Task Force for membership. New members are elected by the current
       members of the Task Force by a majority vote of those present.



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4.7    Term Limits. Members serve a three-two-year staggered terms. No person shall serve more
       than three consecutive two-year terms unless a majority of the Task Force at a Task Force
       meeting at which a quorum is present elects a Task Force member who is in his/her final year
       of service to an officer position. No person shall serve more than seven consecutive years. ,
       and may be re-elected if they desire to continue serving. Members must attend at least one-
       half of scheduled Task Force meetings in order to be eligible for re-election.Following the
       expiration of his/her term, a Task Force member may be eligible for re-election to the Task
       Force after a one-year hiatus.

4.8    Meeting Attendance. If any member does not attend three (3) consecutive, regularly
       scheduled meetings of the Task Force, the Chair, or individual designated by the Chair, may
       recommend the Task Force remove the member and fill the resulting vacancy.

4.9  Number. The Task Force shall have up to 30, but no fewer than 18 members. Total
membership shall not exceed twenty-five (25).

4.10   Vacancies. Vacancies in membership shall be filled as soon as practical by a special election if
       necessary to maintain statutorily required representation as set out in Section 1 4.1of this
       Article. Otherwise, vacancies will be filled or additional members added (up to the maximum
       allowable number) at the next general election.

4.11   Special Elections. Special elections to fill unexpired terms shall be held in the same manner as
       general elections (Section 2).

                                           Article V - Officers
                                                 Officers

5.1    Officers. Officers of the Task Force shall consist of a Chair, Chair Elect and Vice-Chair.

5.2    Chair. The Duties of the Chair include the following:
               5.2.1 Guiding and leading the Task Force toward its goals;
               5.2.2 Presiding at Task Force meetings;
               5.2.3 Approving the written agenda for meetings of the Task Force.

               5.2.4 Appointing committees and committee chairs as provided by these bylaws;
               5.2.5 Overseeing federally required assessments; and
                     Approving the written agenda for meetings of the Task Force.



5.3    Vice Chair. The Vice-Chair shall preside at meetings in the absence of the Chair and perform
       other duties as may be assigned by the Chair or be necessary in the absence of the Chair.

5.4     Chair Elect. The Chair-Elect shall follow all activities of the Task Force Chair so as to prepare
to take over the leadership role of the Task Force and ensure continuity in the leadership transition

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process. In the event the current chair must permanently relinquish his/her duties; the Chair-Elect
shall assume the leadership role for the Task Force.

Section 3. Committee chairpersons shall serve as a nominating committee to propose a slate of
officers for election.

5.5     Term. Officers are elected for a one year period upon majority vote of Task Force members
       present or by the returning of e-mail ballots, and may be re-elected for up to three two, one-
       year terms.

5.6    Qualifications. Ex-officio members are not eligible to serve as Task Force officers. To the
       extent possible, officers should represent different disciplines to ensure Task Force leadership
       reflects a multidisciplinary perspective.

                                       Article VII- Committees

6.1    Appointment. The Chair and Vice-Chair shall designate and appoint committees of the Task
       Force as deemed necessary. Non-Task Force members may be appointed to any committee at
       the discretion of the Chair.determine the number of committees needed and the focus of
       each. At a minimum, there shall be at least one committee charged with overseeing the
       assessment process required by the Children’s Justice Act.

6.2    Committee Chairs. The Task Force Chair shall designate the chairperson for each committee.
       Task Force members are expected to serve on committees as needed.

6.3    Standing Committees. The Task Force shall maintain the following standing committees:
       Executive Committee, Membership Committee, Grants Committee, and Legislative Committee.

              6.3.1 Executive Committee. The Executive Committee shall be composed of the
                    officers of the Task Force, the chairs of each standing committee, and at the
                    Chair’s discretion, one additional voting member. The Executive Committee
                    shall be responsible for overseeing Task Force affairs in the intervals between
                    meetings and dealing with matters of urgency that may arise between
                    meetings. The Executive Committee shall meet at the discretion of the Chair.
              6.3.2 Membership Committee. The Membership Committee shall recommend
                    candidates to fill Task Force member and officer vacancies and shall present a
                    slate of candidates for member and officer positions to the Task Force before
                    the meeting at which approval of recommended candidates will be sought. The
                    Membership Committee shall also be responsible for building the capacity of
                    Task Force members by providing orientation for new members and ongoing
                    trainings, as necessary for existing members.
              6.3.3 Grants Committee. The Grants Committee shall oversee the annual grant
                    process, review grant applications, and make recommendations regarding grant
                    funding to the Task Force. Ex-officio members shall not serve on the Grants
                    Committee.
              6.3.4 Legislative Committee. The Legislative Committee shall present periodic reports

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                      on relevant legislation and policy at quarterly Task Force meetings. The
                      Legislative Committee shall make recommendations regarding legislative
                      positions or other policy consideration for approval by the Task Force.

Section 3. Committees may make recommendations regarding legislative positions or other policy
considerations for vote of the Task Force.

Section 4. Committees shall meet as needed to complete their work.
6.4    Ad Hoc Committees. The Chair may appoint ad hoc committees composed of Task Force
       members and/or non-members for purposes deemed appropriate by the Chair. The term of
       such committees shall not be more than one year.

6.5    Term of Office. Each member of a committee shall serve a term of one year, unless the
       committee is sooner terminated or unless a committee member is removed from such
       committee.

6.6    Vacancies. Vacancies in the membership of any committee may be filled by appointment
       made in the same manner as provided in the case of the original appointments.


                                        Article VII- MeetingsI
                                              Meetings

7.1    Frequency of Meetings. The Task Force shall schedule at least four meetings a year, with
       additional meetings called by the Chair if necessary. A meeting schedule with at least three
       future meeting dates set shall be established at the beginning of each federal fiscal year. The
       Chair shall establish meeting dates in consultation with the Task Force. Meetings may be
       cancelled by the approval of a majority of the Task Force members.

7.2    Quorum. The presence of a majority of Task Force members shall constitute a quorum.

7.3    Task Force Action. The Task Force may adopt a position, plan action, or amend a
       recommendation upon a majority vote of members present at a duly announced meeting, at
       which a quorum is present, provided that a written agenda has been distributed to all
       members at least three days in advance of the meeting. Although additional items may arise
       for discussion at a meeting, no final action shall be taken without written notice to all
       members unless there is unanimous consent of those present and a quorum exists. Each Task
       Force member shall have one vote, except ex-officio members shall not have voting power.

Section 3. The presence of a majority of Task Force members at a meeting shall constitute a quorum.



7.4    Electronic Voting. Members must be present to vote on matters under consideration by the
       Task Force, except that at the discretion of the Task Force Chair, matters may be voted upon
       by e-mail ballot. Only duly elected Task Force members are permitted to vote.


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Section 5. Each Task Force member shall have one vote.

7.5    Governance. Task Force meetings shall be conducted in accordance with the most current
       version of Robert’s Rules of Order unless otherwise specified by these bylaws.

                                  Article VIIIIX - Conflicts of Interest
                                          Conflicts of Interest

8.1    A Task Force member has a duty to disclose any potential individual or organizational conflict
       of interest that might occur on an issue before the Task Force unless that conflict is obvious or
       previously disclosed. Each Task Force member shall annually sign a Conflict of Interest
       Disclosure Form. Task Force members shall abide by the Conflict on Interest policy as depicted
       on the Disclosure Form.

                                      Article IX – Confidentiality

9.1    Task Force members shall not disclose sensitive information obtained as a result of the grant
       award and monitoring process or the content of Task Force deliberations regarding grant
       approval. CJA staff shall act as sole contact with grantees and prospective grantees regarding
       pending applications and approved grant activities.


                                       Article X - Amendments
                                             Amendments

10.1   These bylaws may be amended upon majority vote of the Task Force membership at a duly
       announced meeting at which a quorum is present, provided that proposed amendments are
       distributed to members at least ten days in advance of the meeting.




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                                        2011 CJA IMPLEMENTATION PLAN



INCOME
    GY11 Award                                                        $        1,375,719.00
    GY10 Rollover                                                     $          144,597.14
                                                   Total Grant Income $        1,520,316.14


                                                   Operating Expenses $         (291,140.00)
                                               Task Force maintenance $          (28,500.00)


Available Funds                                                       $        1,200,676.14


Projects                                                              Budget
      Accidental and Inflicted Mechanisms of Injury DVD (extension)   $          (20,424.18)
      Training and Technical Assistance for TX CACs (A.1.1)           $         (200,000.00)
      Child Abuse and Neglect Training for Law Enforcement (A.2.1)    $         (195,440.00)
      Small Training Grants (A.2.1)                                   $          (12,000.00)
      FBSS/Investigations Joint Intensive Staff Training (A.2.2)      $          (95,000.00)
      Prosecutor's Training                                           $          (10,000.00)
      FASD Online Training (B.1.3)                                    $          (50,000.00)
      CPC Enhancement (B.2.1)                                         $         (119,999.00)
      Harris County Infant and Toddler Court (B.2.2)                  $          (40,000.00)
      Undoing Racism (B.3.1) - Participant Support                    $            (5,000.00)
      Fatherhood Roundtables (B.3.1)                                  $            (6,000.00)
      Texas Alliance for Drug Endangered Children (C.1.1)             $          (90,000.00)
      CASA Volunteer Development (C.2.1)                              $         (200,000.00)
      Transitioning Youth Advocacy (C.2.1)                            $          (49,242.00)
      Kids in Court (C.2.2)                                           $          (33,930.00)
      Bridge to Permanency - Phase 2 (C.2.1)                          $          (56,942.00)


                                               Total Budgeted         $        (1,183,977.18)


Funds Remaining for New Projects                                      $           16,698.96




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                                 CJA Task Force 2011 Implementation Plan
A. Activities to improve investigative, administrative and judicial handling of cases of child abuse and neglect,
particularly child sexual abuse and exploitation...in a manner which reduces trauma to the child victim…

   Recommendation A.1.: Provide MDTs with training to enhance coordination of investigation, intervention
   and prosecution and/or work with local communities to establish MDTs.

    Desired outcome/effect: Improved case quality in the best interest of the child.
       Activities/Initiatives:
       1. Provide multidisciplinary teams and team members with specific and targeted professional
          development training, formal networking opportunities, cross-training, and technical assistance
          designed to enhance their professional skills and knowledge and support the collaborative model of
          service delivery for child victims of abuse.
           • Training and Technical Assistance for Texas Children’s Advocacy Centers – YR 2


   Recommendation A.2.: Provide statewide and local professional training to improve the handling of child
   abuse and neglect cases.
    Desired outcome/effect: Improved decision making through better trained judges, law enforcement,
     attorneys and CPS workers.
       Activities/Initiatives:
       1. Improve law enforcement’s response to child abuse and neglect by administering a comprehensive
          and free training program that combines an overview of effective response to the abuse, with
          instruction on the benefits of a multidisciplinary approach.
           • Child Abuse Training Program for Texas Law Enforcement – YR 2
       2. Focus on building and supporting support for critical decision making related to safety in child
          protection cases.
           • Child Abuse Training Program for Texas Law Enforcement – YR 2
       3. Provide periodic/intensive training for prosecutors.
           • Provide scholarships to attend TDCAA training event
       4. Award small grants ($4,000) to support multidisciplinary training events aimed at improving the
          investigation, prosecution, and judicial handling of criminal and/or civil child protection cases.
           • 16th Annual Ad Litem Training - Bexar County Children’s Court
           • 37th Texas Foster Families Association Annual Conference


   Recommendation A.3.: Support CACTX and Texas CASA. See A.1.1 & C.2.1.




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B. Experimental, model and demonstration programs for testing innovative approaches and techniques which
may improve the prompt and successful resolution of civil and criminal court proceedings or enhance the
effectiveness of judicial and administrative action in child abuse and neglect cases…

   Recommendation B.1.: Develop and implement programs that address the unique challenges faced by
   victims of child abuse with mental or physical disabilities
    Desired outcome/effect: Children with disabilities will have an advocate who, along with investigative
     and intervention personnel, are trained on issues related to child victims with mental and/or physical
     disabilities
       Activities/Initiatives:
       1. Sponsor a nationally recognized speaker at the annual training program for all judges hearing CPS
          cases on the unique challenges faced by child victims with mental or physical disabilities.
       2. Add information related to children with disabilities to existing law enforcement and school
          personnel training.
       3. Provide training to attorneys and judges to create an FASD-informed court system to recognize and
          respond to the specials needs of children in the child welfare and criminal justice systems with
          FASD.
          •   Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Online Training


   Recommendation B.2.: Increase use of specialized courts and/or attorneys to handle child abuse and
   neglect cases.
    Desired outcome/effect: Improve decision making by judges and attorneys handling child abuse and
     neglect cases.
       Activities/Initiatives:
       1. Establish a child protection specialty court (CPC) office to provide research and analysis, program
          direction, and legal and technical support to the CPCs in Texas with the goal of maximizing CPC
          court performance, particularly in the areas of safety, permanency, wellbeing, timeliness, and due
          process.
          • Child Protection Court Enhancement Project – YR 2
       2. Provide judges and attorneys handling child abuse/neglect cases with specialized training.
          • Harris County Infant & Toddler Court


   Recommendation B.3.: Develop and implement programs that increase cultural competency in relation to
   decision-making processes in the handling of cases of child abuse and neglect.
    Desired outcome/effect: Safely reduce disproportionality and disparate outcomes for children of color
     who are victims of child abuse/neglect.
       Activities/Initiatives:
       1. Provide judges, attorneys and MDTs with specialized cultural competency training.
          •   Provide support for professionals to attend Undoing Racism workshops.
          •   Partner with DFPS to implement ongoing fatherhood initiatives, such as additional Fatherhood
              Roundtable events.
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C. Reform of State laws, ordinances, regulations, protocols and procedures to protect children from
abuse, particularly child sexual abuse.
   Recommendation C.1.: Develop and implement best practices and/or model protocols for identification of
   child abuse and neglect which can be used and disseminated state-wide.
    Desired outcome/effect: Initiatives promote consistent, replicable, model protocols statewide.
      Activities/Initiatives:
      1. Build and sustain the network of Drug Endangered Children Alliances throughout Texas to
         encourage agency personnel from across disciplines to coordinate and leverage their mutual
         interests, resources and responsibilities to address the needs of children living in dangerous drug
         environments.
          • Texas Alliance for Drug Endangered Children Project – YR 2
      2. Develop and implement training for mandated reporters on recognizing and reporting child abuse
         and neglect (including training related to children with disabilities and cultural competency.)
          • Task Force to determine next steps based on recommendations from school personnel training
            project


   Recommendation C.2.: Reform state laws and create and/or expand programs that ensure all children and
   youth have continuing access to advocacy and the judicial system.
    Desired outcome/effect: Initiatives will develop/support advocacy for elevating the youth voice in the
     judicial system (criminal & civil) to affect decisions made about the youth’s life.
      Activities/Initiatives:
      1. Strengthen CASA advocacy through training, increased volunteer recruitment and pilot programs.
          •   CASA Volunteer Development – YR 2
          •   Transitioning Youth Advocacy
          •   Bridge to Permanency
      2. Court preparation programs for children to de-stigmatize the courtroom experience for child
         victims/witnesses to ensure that they are able to testify in court.
          •   Kids in Court Program
      3. Review/evaluate existing state laws related to child abuse and child safety.
          •   Bring in speakers to Task Force meetings to educate Task Force and inform upcoming Three-
              Year Assessment




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                             SUMMARY OF 2011 GRANT AWARDS




         Grantee                 Award Date           Program Title                 Amount
                                                th
Bexar County Children’s          10/1/2010-   16 Annual Ad Litem Training             $4,000
Court                            10/31/2011
CASA of Travis County            10/1/2010-   Transitioning Youth Services           $49,242
                                 9/30/2011
Children’s Advocacy Centers      10/1/2010-   Kids in Court                          $33,390
of Smith County                  9/30/2011
Children’s Advocacy Centers      10/1/2010-   Training and Technical Assistance     $200,000
of Texas                         9/30/2011    for Texas CACs
East Texas Child Advocates       10/1/2010-   Pathways to Permanency                 $56,942
                                 9/30/2011
Harris County                    10/1/2010-   Harris County Infant Toddler Court     $40,000
                                 9/30/2011
Greater Dallas Council on        10/1/2010-   Texas Alliance for Drug Endangered     $90,000
Alcohol and Drug Abuse           9/30/2011    Children
Office of Court                  10/1/2010-   Child Protection Court                $120,000
Administration                   9/30/2011    Enhancement Project
Texas CASA                       10/1/2010-   Volunteer Development                 $200,000
                                 9/30/2011
Texas Foster Families            10/1/2010-   37th Annual Training Conference         $4,000
Association                      9/30/2011
Texas Office for the             10/1/2010-   FASD Online Training for Judges        $50,000
Prevention of                    9/30/2011    and Attorneys
Developmental Disabilities
Training and Research            10/1/2010-   Child Abuse and Neglect Training      $200,000
Institute for Professional       9/30/20111   for Law Enforcement
Law Enforcement
CAC of Van Zandt County          1/15/2011-   Advanced Child Abuse                    $2,400
                                 3/15/2011    Investigations Training
Department of Family and         3/1/2011-    FBSS/Investigations Joint Intensive    $95,000
Protective Services              9/30/2011    Staff Training




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                             SUMMARY OF 2011 GRANT AWARDS

Grantee: Bexar County Children’s Court
Amount: $4,000
Term of Award: 10/1/2010-10/31/2010
Project Description: Host its 16th Annual Ad Litem Training for court appointed attorneys representing
children and parents involved in the foster care court system, as well as law enforcement officers, child
protective services workers, Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs) and social workers.


Grantee: CASA of Travis County
Amount: $49,242
Term of Award: 10/1/2010-9/30/2011
Project Description: Expand its Transitioning Youth Services (TYS) program which provides court
advocacy and essential life skills training and support to youth in Travis County ages 14-18 at risk of
aging out of the foster care system and participate in the Transition Court Pilot, a new initiative of Travis
County courts.
Grantee Website: http://casatravis.org/


Grantee: Children’s Advocacy Center of Smith County
Amount: $33,930
Term of Award: 10/1/2010-9/30/2011
Project Description: Provide court education and support services for child victims of abuse and their
protective caregivers.
Grantee Website: http://cacsmithcounty.org/


Grantee: Children’s Advocacy Centers of Texas
Amount: $200,000
Term of Award: 10/1/2010-9/30/2011
Project Description: Provide multidisciplinary teams and team members with specific and targeted
professional development training, formal networking opportunities, cross-training, and technical
assistance designed to enhance their professional skills and knowledge and enhance the investigation,
intervention, and prosecution of child abuse cases.
Grantee Website: http://www.cactx.org/




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                            SUMMARY OF 2011 GRANT AWARDS

Grantee: East Texas Child Advocates
Amount: $56,942
Term of Award: 10/1/2010-9/30/2011
Project Description: Work to expedite the resolution of backlogged adoption cases in Gregg and Upshur
counties.
Grantee Website: http://www.etcaserves.org


Grantee: Harris County
Amount: $40,000
Term of Award: 10/1/2010-9/30/2011
Project Description: Host a regional conference on child abuse and the courts and to support the
further development of the ITC infrastructure through the purchase of necessary equipment and
software.
Grantee Website: http://ccl.hctx.net


Grantee: Greater Dallas Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse
Amount: $90,000
Term of Award: 10/1/2010-9/30/2011
Project Description: Continue, through its Texas Alliance for Drug Endangered Children program, to
build and sustain the network of DEC Alliances to respond to the needs of children affected by drug
environments throughout the state.
Grantee Website: http://www.gdcada.org/ & http://texasdec.org/


Grantee: Office of Court Administration
Amount: $120,000
Term of Award: 10/1/2010-9/30/2011
Project Description: Continue to operate specialty child protection court (CPC) office to provide
research and analysis, program direction, and legal and technical support to the CPCs in Texas.
Grantee Website: http://www.courts.state.tx.us/oca/




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                            SUMMARY OF 2011 GRANT AWARDS

Grantee: Texas CASA

Amount: $200,000
Term of Award: 10/1/2010-9/30/2011
Project Description: Strengthen CASA advocacy through the provision of training, workshops, technical
and media assistance initiatives and will increase the number of CASA volunteers through volunteer
recruitment and retention activities.
Grantee Website: http://www.texascasa.org/


Grantee: Texas Foster Families Association
Amount: $4,000
Term of Award: 10/1/2010-10/31/2010
Project Description: Host its 37th annual training conference intended to help prepare caregivers and
related parties to better serve the abused and neglected children of Texas.
Grantee Website: http://www.tffa.org/


Grantee: Texas Office for the Prevention of Developmental Disabilities
Amount: $50,000
Term of Award: 10/1/2010-9/30/2011
Project Description: Develop and provide research-based training to judges and lawyers that will enable
Texas to provide Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) informed court services that recognize and
respond to the special needs of children with disabilities associated with FASD.
Grantee Website: http://www.topdd.state.tx.us/


Grantee: Training and Research for a Professional Law Enforcement
Amount: $200,000
Term of Award: 10/1/2010-9/30/2011
Project Description: Improve law enforcement’s response to child abuse and neglect by administering a
comprehensive and free training program that combines an overview of effective response to abuse,
with additional instruction on the benefits of a multidisciplinary team approach.
Grantee Website: http://www.tmpa.org/




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                           SUMMARY OF 2011 GRANT AWARDS

Grantee: Department of Family and Protective Services
Amount: $95,000
Term of Award: 3/1/2011-9/30/2011
Project Description: To support an FBSS/Investigations intensive joint staff training will continue to
“untie the knot,” related to understanding the difference between risk and safety and how the move to
safety decision-making will support safety for children in the child protection system by providing
practical strategies and tools to aid information gathering and decision making.
Grantee Website: http://www.dfps.state.tx.us/



Grantee: CAC of Van Zandt County
Amount: $2,400
Term of Award: 1/15/2011-3/15/2011
Project Description: Improve law enforcement’s response to child abuse and neglect by administering a
comprehensive and free training program that combines an overview of effective response to abuse,
with additional instruction on the benefits of a multidisciplinary team approach.
Grantee Website: http://www.cacvzc.org/




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                       CJA Second Quarter Program Updates

CAC of Smith County (Kids in Court)

   •   Since the beginning of the grant period, the Kids in Court program has provided
       funding for 47 families in the form of court preparation/education, case updates,
       court accompaniment, and explanation/assistance with crime victim’s rights. The
       program had previously project serving 50 families for the entire 12 month grant
       period so it will likely far surpass its goal.
   •   KIC is in the process of planning a regional training on court preparation. The
       training will provide information on providing services to crime victims and
       preparing child witness for court. Key concepts include education and advocacy
       for victims involved in the legal system and the continuum of services available.
   •   The KIC program has provided technical assistance to the Scotty’s House CAC in
       Bryan and has ventured into collaboration with the clinical therapy department of
       Dallas CAC.
   •   The KIC coordinator has formed an effective relationship with the Smith County
       criminal District Attorney’s office and this increased collaboration has allowed
       for the KIC program’s rapid expansion.

CACTX (Training and Technical Assistance for Texas CACs)

   •   The New Director Networking Forum was held in January and attended by five
       new CAC directors. This small group created an intimate atmosphere that better
       enabled trainers to provide technical assistance and training as well as facilitate
       networking.
   •   Team Facilitation took place in March with 16 participants. This training provided
       insight into strategies for identifying system issues that impact cases and team
       dynamics as well as helping to promote collaborative decision-making and
       healthy, productive methods for addressing conflict.
   •   The Mental Health Professionals’ Networking Forum and Family Advocate
       Training will take place in April and May and there has been a request for an on-
       site MDT training that will take place in May.
   •   The Forensic Interviewer Networking Forum and Forensic Interview Block V
       Training will both occur in April.

CASA of Travis County (Transitioning Youth Services)

   •   During the first two quarters of the grant period, CASA served 254 transitioning
       youth age 14-18. 201 youth were served by a Transitioning Youth Specialist.
   •   The Transitioning Youth Specialists supervised 137 volunteers and 79% of the
       youth were matched with a CASA volunteer.
   •   Two monthly meet-ups were held during the second quarter with an average of 8
       attendees per session. Though technically part of the third quarter, the April
       meet-up, an orientation to Austin Community College, was attended by 25 youth.




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   •   Eight youth participated in the Transition Court during the first two quarters. The
       Transitioning Youth team leader reports that most youth are clearly more engaged
       and comfortable voicing their complaints and frustrations directly to the judge and
       other Transition Court team members, than they did in regular, formal court
       hearings. He also reports that once a youth’s problems are identified, the response
       time from caseworkers is faster.
   •   89% of the youth served during the first two quarters say overall improvement in
       the five areas measured – legal, placement, educational, therapeutic, and medical.

Greater Dallas Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse (Texas Alliance for Drug
Endangered Children)

   •   TADEC presented three webinars during the second quarter. Two webinars
       presented the “DEC 101” curriculum and all of the individuals attending the
       webinar were new to DEC. In addition, a webinar was presented entitled “Indoor
       Marijuana Grows and Drug Endangered Children.” It was presented by Drug
       Enforcement Administration Special Agent Vic Routh and had 217 attendees.
   •   The DEC curriculum was presented on-site twelve times to diverse,
       multidisciplinary audiences totaling 715.
   •   There were 22 participants in the statewide conference call.
   •   New training requests are received are on a weekly basis and TADEC has
       recently been accepted to present at several large statewide conferences including
       Texas Behavioral Health Institute and the Texas School-Based Law Enforcement
       Conference.
   •   TADEC has recently started collaborating with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the
       Southern District of Texas and the Houston High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area.

Harris County (Infant Toddler Court)

   •   The ITC now shares a docket with the Family Intervention Court (FIC) in Harris
       County and benefits from the services of a court coordinator, Regina Jones, who
       works on docket staffings, client case management, data entry, and substance
       abuse screening and assessment.
   •   The second annual ITC conference has been scheduled for June 23 and 24 and
       includes speakers on a range of topics of interest to ITC stakeholders. Conference
       participants will benefit from break-out sessions targeted to specific disciplines.

Office of Court Administration (Child Protection Courts Enhancement Project)

   •   The model court initiative has not been popular with the CPC judges, partly
       because of the difficulty of scheduling a trip that requires time off the bench.
       Instead of focusing on one court, Ms. Denson has shifted to encouraging the
       judges to visit a court that is within easy driving distance, with the thought that
       any observation of another CPC court would be beneficial. This is an ongoing
       effort.




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     •   Every court has been presented with the previous year’s data and Ms. Denson is
         actively working with the courts to improve data collection practices. Specific
         data fields that most impact outcome measure fields have been identified and
         court coordinators are focusing on increasing reporting of those fields. Ms.
         Denson presented information on outcome measure reports to the presiding judges
         and two of those judges have taken a special interest in improving their courts’
         data collection. There was a strong positive trend in data collection practices this
         quarter.
     •   Ms. Denson continues to answer research and support requests from the CPCs.
         She is actively working with the courts to improve their understanding of CPCMS
         and made three trips to courts to work on process improvement. She attended the
         NCJFCJ National Conference in March.

Texas CASA (Quality CASA Advocacy and a CASA for Every Child)

1.   Recruitment 360 Team Workshops
2.   Statewide Volunteer Advisory Council
3.   Diversity and Cultural Competency – KWYA Training Project
4.   Volunteer Recruitment and Retention Initiatives

     •   One workshop was held in Corsicana on January 20, 2011. Six local programs
         sent teams of CASA staff, volunteers and board members for a total attendance of
         20. Registration is open for the Lubbock workshop to take place April 28th.
         Following Lubbock workshop, a funding opportunity will be offered to both
         Corsicana and Lubbock participants based on the recruitment plans started during
         workshop.
     •   The Statewide Volunteer Advisory Council Meeting met for their second in-
         person meeting on January 31st. In accordance with the originally stated aims, the
         Council has addressed volunteer in-service training through their assistance in the
         development of a statewide volunteer resources site. This committee will continue
         work in the area of training through recommendations around on-line training and
         development of best practice tools. The stakeholders committee has engaged in
         discussions around CASA’s role regarding Foster Care Reform and has shared
         suggestions on updating the statewide MOU with DFPS.
     •   KWYA trainings were held in Waco and Lubbock on February 16-17, 2011 and
         March 16-17, 2011, for a total attendance of 42. This included CASA staff and
         volunteers, CPS staff and representatives from several community stakeholder
         organizations. Registration is currently open for May trainings in Dallas and San
         Antonio.
     •   Texas CASA held 3 meetings with local and statewide coalitions to assist with
         African American and Hispanic recruitment. Texas CASA hired Red Media
         Group to assist in implementing targeted communications strategies. Interviewed
         Hispanic and African American volunteers and created B-roll that was distributed
         to Telemundo, Univision and media markets with an African American audience.




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   •   Texas CASA has identified a firm to produce their volunteer recruitment video.
       The anticipated completion date for the video is June. Texas CASA will distribute
       video to the network along with tips on utilization.
   •   Texas CASA partnered with IBM on January 12 to present Social Media Training
       for local CASA programs. 12 programs sent representatives to this one day
       training in Austin. Texas CASA staff members also attended and the training
       received very high evaluation ratings. Red Media Group will present the April
       installment of Texas CASA’s Professional Development Webinar Series: Media
       & Marketing:”Doing More with Less”. This one hour webinar is geared to local
       program staff and board members or volunteers who assist with marketing and
       recruiting efforts.
   •   Texas CASA achieved great media coverage for CASA Day at the Capitol and Child
       Abuse Prevention Month. Texas CASA created a traveling memorial of children’s hand
       prints & first names of the 227 children in Texas that died due to abuse or neglect last
       year. Local CASA programs have requested to feature the memorial.

TOPDD (Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder)

   •   The Statewide FASD Task Force met Feb. 14th and March 21st. A third meeting is
       scheduled for May 3rd to further develop action plans. The process is being
       facilitated by Dr. Ira Chasnoff. There will be two additional meetings in Austin in
       March and May.
   •   TOPDD has held multiple planning sessions to discuss curriculum, strategies and
       overall grant objectives. They will be meeting with the state Bar this week to
       work out details for the online training.
   •   TOPDD presented a 2 hour training on Legal Issues Surrounding Prenatal
       Alcohol Exposure in the Foster Care Population on March 14th at the Child
       Advocates in Wichita Falls. 25 participants were in attendance.
   •   TOPDD will present during the spring semester of Grand Rounds, a series of six
       presentations offered by the Department of State Health Services on the science
       and practice of behavioral and population-based health.
   •   Dr. Ira Chasnoff has been added the CPS Judicial Conference agenda which will
       be held in Austin, July 6-8.

TRIPLE (Child Abuse & Neglect Training Program for Law Enforcement)

   •   The updated training curriculum was reformatted and finalized during this
       quarter. The latest version (v2.1) of the curriculum was implemented in March,
       2011. New final exam questions were created covering the new material. The
       PowerPoint Presentations, Learning Objectives and Lesson Plans were also
       updated to match the new curriculum layout and content.
   •   The program enhanced the website by adding Sample Forms and Online Resources. New
       videos were added to the Instructor Login Section for instructors to download and use for
       their presentations.
   •   The second Instructor Training was held in Austin, January 31-February 2, 2011.
       14 instructors attended the training.



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   •   The program manager attended the Statewide Conference on Violence Against Women
       on February 21st - February 23rd and the Texas Association Against Sexual Assault
       Conference on March 7th-10th to increase training visibility and recruit instructors.
   •   7 classes have been held during this quarter and a total of 95 law enforcement
       officers have received TCLEOSE credit for this training. Eight trainings are
       scheduled for April to coincide with Child Abuse Prevention Month.

UTHSCSA (Accidental and Inflicted Mechanisms of Injury in Children)

   •   The DVDs have been distributed and are starting to be widely used. The
       feedback on them has been extremely positive.
   •   The website and mobile app are complete.
   •   The DVDs have been posted to

East Texas CASA (Bridge to Permanency – Phase II)

   •   The Permanency Coordinator has added six cases (9) children from Upshur
       County to her caseload. More children in Upshur need the services of the
       permanency coordinator and East Texas CASA is working with CPS in Upshur
       County to get a better understanding of the children needing services and working
       to add them as they are able. This quarter one case (2 children) in Upshur county
       has been resolved. Two cases involving 3 children have been placed in adoptive
       homes.
   •   The Permanency Coordinator is still working with twelve cases (32 children) in
       Gregg County. There are additional cases in Gregg County that could use
       CASA’s services and they are being added as they have availability. In Gregg
       County, seven cases (13 children) have been adopted and two cases (3 children)
       have been placed in adoptive homes this quarter.
   •   “In one case, an aunt and uncle wanted the children when they first entered care;
       however, due to the fact that they had four children at home and only four
       bedrooms, they were turned down due to lack of space. Because of the Bridges to
       Permanency Project, we were able to do the preliminary investigation and
       discovered that three of the four children were no longer living in the home (one
       married, one in college, one in the military) and the aunt and uncle were still
       interested in providing a home for their niece and nephew. The placement will be
       finalized in the third quarter of this grant.”
   •   The Permanency Coordinator was interviewed on a local radio station specifically
       to discuss her work on this grant and the children available for adoption.
       Additionally, general community presentations were completed by the Volunteer
       Manager and Executive Director with references to this project and its impact on
       the community.

Fatherhood Initiatives
   • Fatherhood Roundtable is scheduled to take place in Brownsville, Saturday, July
      16th. The venue had been reserved and participating stakeholders have been
      identified. Formal invitations will go out next month.



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CJA Budget
Fiscal Year: October 1, 2010 - September 30, 2011
                                                                                                           4/20/2011
                                                                        GY 11 Unexpended Funds: $          1,035,110.95

                            Income
            GY 10 Remaining Funds: $               144,597.14 FINAL
               GY 11 Grant Income: $             1,375,719.00
                   Program Income: $                      -

                Total Grant Income $             1,520,316.14
                   Total Budgeted $              1,503,617.18
           Funds Remaining for New
                            Projects $                16,698.96




  Expense Category                           Budget                   Expenses to Date                Balance
Grantees
   CACTX                                 $        200,000.00      $                   84,867.14   $         115,132.86
   TX CASA                               $        200,000.00      $                   74,925.51   $         125,074.49
   Office of Court Administration        $        119,999.00      $                   29,697.84   $          90,301.16
   Greater Dallas Council                $            90,000.00   $                   40,597.89   $          49,402.11
   TRIPLE                                $        195,440.00      $                   58,711.92   $         136,728.08
   CASA of Travis County                 $            49,242.00   $                   23,813.18   $          25,428.82
   CAC of Smith County                   $            33,930.00   $                   10,710.61   $          23,219.39
   Harris County                         $            40,000.00   $                         -     $          40,000.00
   TOPDD                                 $            50,000.00   $                    1,565.13   $          48,434.87
   East Texas Child Advocates            $            56,942.00   $                   23,134.34   $          33,807.66
   UTHSCSA                               $            20,424.18   $                    4,502.69   $          15,921.49
   DFPS                                  $            95,000.00   $                         -     $          95,000.00
Small Training Grants                    $            12,000.00   $                   10,309.07   $             1,690.93

Undoing Racism - Part. Support           $             5,000.00   $                     493.74    $             4,506.26

Fatherhood Initiatives                   $             6,000.00   $                     235.00    $             5,765.00

Prosecutor Training                      $            10,000.00   $                         -     $          10,000.00

CJA Task Force                           $            28,500.00   $                    5,381.96   $          23,118.04

   Salaries                              $        150,000.00      $                   59,192.65   $          90,807.35

   Fringe                                $            50,000.00   $                   20,023.59   $          29,976.41

   Travel                                $            15,440.00   $                    4,338.19   $          11,101.81

   Rent                                  $            45,000.00   $                   18,129.20   $          26,870.80

   Equipment                             $             5,000.00   $                         -     $             5,000.00

   Audit                                 $             4,000.00                                   $             4,000.00

   IT                                    $            13,000.00   $                    8,903.70   $             4,096.30

   Office Supplies                       $             4,300.00   $                    2,502.18   $             1,797.82
   Other Admin                           $             4,400.00   $                    3,169.66   $             1,230.34

                                 Total   $       1,503,617.18     $                  485,205.19   $        1,018,411.99




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                                                                                                            Summary
                         Children in the Courtroom - CACTX
Applicant: Children’s Advocacy Centers of Texas

Program Title: Children in the Courtroom

Task Force Initiative: C.2.2 – Support court preparation programs for children to de-stigmatize
the courtroom experience for child victims/witnesses to ensure that they are able to testify in
court.

Grant Budget: $10,000

Staff Recommendation: $10,000

Program Summary: Children’s Advocacy Centers of Texas (CACTX) requests a grant of
$10,000 to assist in the creation, production and distribution of a judicial reference guide
addressing recommended ―best practices for judicial consideration when a child must appear in
court. The guide is intended to help judges determine small but significant changes they can
undertake in their courtrooms to increase a child’s comfort level and thus their ability to testify
accurately.

Testifying and appearing in court can be stressful for children as children have little, if any,
understanding of the legal process (Karen Saywitz, Children’s Conception of the Legal System:
Court is a Place to Play Basketball ). Furthermore, the courtroom environment can be
intimidating and legal proceedings are often couched in language beyond the child’s
developmental ability to comprehend (Karen Saywitz, et al, Children’s Knowledge of Legal
Terminology). Without careful consideration of how to make the court experience more child
friendly, within the legal parameters necessary to protect the rights of all parties, this stress and
anxiety can inadvertently cause an inappropriate outcome for the case, the family and all parties
involved. It is in the best interest of justice and in the best interest of the child that these factors
be minimized to the full extent possible. The delicate balance between creating a ―child-
friendly courtroom and adhering to the letter and spirit of the law may cause uncertainty for a
judge and all parties in the courtroom. However, this challenge can be overcome through
development of ―best practices which creatively ensure that all needs are being met—for both
the child and the legal system.

CACTX will collaborate with the Texas Center for the Judiciary and the Texas District and
County Attorney’s Association to determine content, assist in disseminating the guide and raise
awareness among the judiciary about best practices regarding testimony of children in court. As
part of this collaboration, CACTX intends to establish an advisory committee of judges to guide
the project. Suggested participants include a judge to represent a rural/general jurisdiction, a
judge from the San Antonio children’s court, Judge Chris Oldner, presiding judge of the 416th
Judicial District Court in Collin County, Judge Camile DuBose, 38th District Judge and former
Associate Judge of the Child Protection Court of South Texas, and Judge Cynthia (Cindy)
Wheless of the 417th District Court in Collin County, a representative of the Texas Center for
the Judiciary. Following the distribution of the guide, CACTX will conduct a survey of
recipients to gauge their increased awareness of challenges facing child witnesses and best
practices for addressing those issues. Responses will be collected and used to evaluate the



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project’s impact. Additionally, responses will be gathered from participants in any training and
awareness activities for project evaluation purposes.

Following the initial distribution CACTX will continue working with partners in the judiciary to
make judges aware of the guide, conduct trainings and support the online version. This
continuity will also be supported through our grassroots network of 64 CACs across the state.

CJA funds will be used to support the partial salary (7.5%) and fringe (7.5%) of the program
director, travel and meeting costs associated with project planning and dissemination, and
contractual expenses to hire a legal intern to assist with project activities.




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                  Overview – Grant Review and Selection Process for 2012 CJA Grant Awards

Continuation Grants – Non-competitive - $720,000

   •   Specific requests for proposals were developed for continuation projects:
          o Training and Technical Assistance for Texas Children’s Advocacy Centers - CACTX
          o CASA Volunteer Development - Texas CASA
          o Child Protection Court Enhancement Project - Office of Court Administration
          o Child Abuse Training Program for Texas Law Enforcement – Texas Municipal Police Association

CJA Project Grant Program – Competitive - $250,000

   •   Staff posted a competitive request for applications (RFA) to the CJA website and sent out a funding
       announcement to the CJA distribution list.

   •   Similarly to last year, the RFA solicited applications in various funding categories:

           o   Operating Support - General operating support grants are those that invest in an organization’s core
               mission rather than in specific projects or programs. The primary purpose of these grants is to give
               grantees the flexibility to pursue the overall goals of their organizations and use CJA funding as it would
               best facilitate the achievement of those goals. Preference will be given to organizations who have
               received CJA funding in the past. (Max. Request - $40,000)

           o   Venture Grants - Venture project grants are grants to be used for innovative projects that respond to an
               existing or emerging need within the community. This does not include replication, enhancement, or
               expansion of an existing project unless that project is currently receiving CJA funding. The Venture
               Project grant is designed to encourage organizations to test new ideas. (Max. Request: $30,000)

           o   Model/Demonstration Projects- Demonstration project grants are intended to develop and implement
               an evidence-based model with specific components or strategies that are based on theory, research, or
               evaluation data; or to replicate or test the transferability of successfully evaluated program to improve
               systems’ responses to child abuse and/or neglect. (Max. Request - $75,000)

           o   Project Support Grants - A Project Support grant is given to support a specific, connected set of
               activities, with a beginning and an end, explicit objectives, measurable goals, and a predetermined cost.
               Projects submitted for consideration should have clearly defined activities designed to achieve a specific
               purpose that aligns with one or more of CJA’s Task Force recommendations. Projects include training,
               technical assistance, the development of new products, services, procedures or techniques that further
               the mission of CJA. (Max. Request $50,000)

Review and Selection Process

   1. Letters of Intent (LOI) for all prospective grantees are due April 22nd.

   2. Grants Committee will meet prior to May 15th to decide which applicants will be invited to submit a full
      application.

   3. Full applications are due June 17th.

   4. Grants Committee will meet prior to July 22nd Task Force meeting to determine which projects will be funded.




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                  Overview – Grant Review and Selection Process for 2012 CJA Grant Awards

Small Training Grants - $20,000

   •   Maximum award of $4,000.

   •   Available on a first come-first serve basis. Must be received 60 days in advance of training and align with CJA
       goals.

Other Considerations

   •   Task Force members with conflicts of interest must disclose conflict and abstain from the approval process.

   •   CJA Staff will formulate funding recommendations and create an implementation plan.

   •   Staff may elect not to recommend applicants with management or financial problems that would indicate an
       inability to successfully complete the proposed project. Staff may recommend applications to be funded in
       whole or in part or at an amount lower than that requested.

   •   Staff would like to consider additional solicitations for 6 month grants, once UB and excess funding is confirmed.




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                Department of Family and Protective Services
                         SFC Funding Decisions
                                    Updated 4-11-11


Items Funded
•   Foster care caseload growth and restoration of the foster care rate reduction
    were funded, allowing the agency to begin implementation of foster care
    redesign.
•   Caseload growth for adoption subsidies was fully funded, allowing the
    continuation of paying adoption subsidies for special needs children.
•   461.6 CPS FTEs, or 62% of the FTEs reduced in the introduced bill, were
    restored.
    o Of this number, 259.6 caseworker positions were restored.
    o The remaining reduction to the FY 11 FTE cap is 287.9 CPS FTEs, including
      146.4 caseworkers.
    o FY 13 average daily caseloads per worker is projected to increase over FY 11 by
      9% for Investigations, 26% for Family Based Safety Services, and 8% for
      Substitute Care, which is an improvement from the caseload per worker increases
      in the introduced bill (15% for Investigations, 34% for Family Based Safety
      Services, and 14% for Substitute Care).
•   The reduction to APS emergency client services funding was fully restored.
    Approximately 1,748 adults age 65 or older and adults with disabilities annually
    will not lose emergency client services. One FTE of the reduction of 10 FTEs for
    the APS MH and MR Investigations program was restored.
•   The Relative Caregiver program was restored but not to the FY 10-11 base
    funding level.
    o Half of the base funding for monetary assistance was restored. The means test
      would be less than 200% of the federal poverty level. It is currently set at 300%.
      Fewer relative caregivers would be eligible for this program. An estimated 5,257
      children will be provided assistance. If baseline funding was fully restored,
      10,514 children will be provided assistance. Restoring the remaining half of the
      base funding is pended.
    o Restoring 85% of the base funding for the day care services was restored. 85%
      funding assumed that a sliding fee scale would be implemented.
    o The base funding for relative home assessments was fully restored.
•   The reduction to Protective day care program was fully restored. Day care will
    be available for an average of 3,838 more children each year.
•   The request for additional legal staff for timely due process was partially funded
    through the use of contracted staff. Approximately 42% of the backlog will be
    addressed.



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•   The request for additional day care licensing staff to strengthen regulation of the
    day care industry was funded through a contingency rider for increasing
    licensing fees.
•   Capital budget authority without the funding was provided for the upkeep of the
    agency's automated casework systems.

•   Restoration of the overall 40% reduction in prevention and early intervention
    funding was partially funded.
    o The STAR program was restored to 97% of the FY 11 appropriated level.
      Services were restored to 1,976 children and youth per month.
    o The CYD program was restored to 94% of the FY 11 appropriated level. Services
      were restored to 1,905 children and youth per month.
    o The 31% reduction to the Texas Families program was not restored.
    o The Other At-Risk prevention programs were restored to 39% of the FY 11
      appropriated level. Services were restored to 777 children and youth per month in
      FY 12 and 774 in FY 13.
    o The contract management staff reduction of 14.5 FTE was not restored.


Items Not Funded
•   287.9 CPS FTEs, including 146.4 caseworkers, were not restored. Caseloads will
    continue to rise.
    o Without sufficient staff to work cases, provide adequate supervision and support,
      and handle the ongoing needs associated with working with families, the courts,
      and providers, DFPS' ability to keep children safe will be impaired.
    o Between FY 09 and FY 10 caseloads grew in all stages of service with the highest
      growth in the Investigation stage where the caseload grew from 20.7 to 29.2, a
      41% increase. DFPS had an exceptional item request in the LAR for additional
      direct delivery staff to maintain caseloads per worker. This request was dropped
      when the introduced bill came out.
    o Forecasts indicate continued growth in intakes and removals for FY 12-13.
    o Since the initiation of CPS Reform in 2005, Texas' child population has grown by
      nearly 450,000 and our state will continue to grow at a rapid rate into the
      foreseeable future.
    o The cost to restore the remaining 287.9 FTEs is $32.8 million GR and $37.4
      million All Funds.

•   Restoration of the 10.0 APS In-home FTE reduction (including 7 caseworkers),
    9.0 MH and MR Investigations FTE reduction (including 6 caseworkers), and
    the 2.0 FTE reduction for program support, was not funded. Caseloads will
    continue to rise.
    o Will result in the roll-back of 11% of APS Reform direct delivery FTEs for the in-
      home investigations program, and 17% of the direct delivery FTEs provided last


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       session for the DOJ settlement (investigations in state supported living centers)
       and SB 643 (investigations in private ICFs-MR).
    o It is projected that FY 13 caseloads will increase 13% in In-Home Investigations
      and 1.4% in facilities investigations.
    o In FY 10, APS in-home intakes increased by 15% over the previous year.
      Forecasts indicate continued growth in intakes and investigations for FY 12-13.
      DFPS had an exceptional item request in the LAR for additional direct delivery
      staff to maintain caseload per worker. This request was dropped when the
      introduced bill came out.
    o The Texas population of adults age 18-64 with a disability and over 65 continues
      to grow. In 2005 it was 3.8 million and in 2010 it was 4.2 million, an increase of
      0.4 million, or 11%. It is projected to increase 17% from 2010 to 2015.
    o The cost to restore these remaining reductions is $2.0 million GR and $2.3 million
      All Funds.
•   $3.5 million of the request for additional legal staff for timely due was not
    funded. Approximately 58% of the backlog of abuse/neglect appeals remains
    pending at the end of FY 13.

•   Restoration of the 17.2 Statewide Intake FTE reduction was not funded. With
    fewer staff to handle the volume of reports of child and adult abuse and neglect
    and child care regulatory concerns, caller hold times and corresponding
    abandonment rate could increase 18%.
    o Abandoned calls put vulnerable children and adults at further risk of harm. In FY
      10, the average hold time was 8.9 minutes and the abandonment rate was 33%. In
      FY 12, average hold times are projected to increase to 10.2 minutes as a result of
      the HB1 reductions. In addition, 42,600 additional calls would be abandoned as a
      result of HB1 reductions to SWI staff. In FY 13, average hold times are projected
      to increase to 10.5 minutes with 42,625 additional abandoned calls.
    o During compliance reviews at the State Supported Living Centers, the DOJ
      monitors have expressed a concern with hold times and abandoned call rates.
      They have cited intake abandonment rates as a compliance risk factor.
    o There is projected to be a 4% increase in call volume each year for FY 12-13.
    o The cost to restore this reduction is $1.6 million GR and All Funds.

•   Restoration of the funding for necessary changes to the agency's automated
    casework management systems for CPS, APS, and Child Care Licensing was not
    funded, although capital budget authority was provided.
    o The agency would lose technical efficiencies resulting in higher time demands on
      caseworkers and others who use these automated systems daily if FY 12-13
      appropriation for other purposes cannot be redirected to this need.
    o The legislature has made DFPS' workforce highly mobile, allowing it to carry
      higher caseloads that national standards stipulate. All client records are electronic
      and case documentation is done via sophisticated software and equipment. The



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       agency is now highly dependent on these highly efficient electronic systems.
       These systems must be maintained and updated in order for DFPS caseworkers to
       do even basic job tasks.
    o The cost to restore this reduction is $3.7 million GR and $4.0 million All Funds

•   Restoration of the GR for the federally required match for purchased adoptions
    and post-adoption services that was assumed to be replaced by local match, was
    not funded. Approximately 31 children a month would lose purchased adoption
    services, and 405 children a month in FY 12 and 385 a month in FY 13 would
    lose post-adoption services, if providers cannot contribute the match.
    o Fewer resources for adoption services could reduce the pool of adoptive families,
      thus jeopardizing the number and quality of matches for placing children into
      adoptive placements. This could mean more children remain in foster care.
    o Fewer resources for post-adoption services could discourage families from
      adoption since there may not be a safety net of support services readily available
      to them. It could also relate to an increase in adoption dissolutions with more
      children returning to paid foster care.
    o The cost to restore this reduction is $5.8 million GR and All Funds.

•   Restoration of the remaining reduction in prevention and early intervention
    funding was not funded. Approximately 4,490 youth and families a month would
    lose services.
    o The cost to restore the remaining reductions is $17.6 million GR and All Funds.




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                    Legislative Update – 4/18/2011

HB 100   Author:        Martinez Fischer
         Description:   Section 411.088(b), Government Code - Would create a central
                        database containing information about certain offenders who have
                        committed 3 or more offenses involving family or dating violence.
                        Status: Left pending in Homeland Security and Public Safety
                        subcommittee


HB 121   Author:        Castro
         Description:   Section 102.006(c), Family Code - Would allow relatives within the
                        fourth degree by consanguinity to seek custody of child.
                        Status: Out of committee. Reported favorably w/o amendment(s)


HB 148   Author:        Raymond
         Description:   Chapter 156, Family Code – Would require parties in a suit affecting the
                        parent-child relationship to disclose to the court whether a member of
                        the party’s extended family is required to register as a sex offender.
                        Status: Left pending in House Judiciary and Civil Jurisprudence
                        committee.


HB 151   Author:        Raymond
         Description:   Section 264.755, Family Code - Would require DFPS to pay relative
                        caregivers at the same daily rate of basic foster care.
                        Status: Referred to House Human Services committee


HB 420   Author:        Alonzo
         Description:   Section 162.304, Family Code - Would require DFPS to provide adoption
                        subsidy to an adoptive parent whose family income is less than 300% of
                        federal poverty level if child would have remained in foster until the
                        child’s 18th birthday.
                        Status: Left pending in House Human Services committee




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HB 435   Author:        Parker
         Description:   Section 102.008(b), Family Code - Would not require court in a
                        termination suit to appoint an attorney ad litem to represent the
                        interests of an alleged father who failed to register and whose identity
                        or location is unknown
                        Status: Left pending in House Judiciary and Civil Jurisprudence
                        committee.



HB 436   Author:        Parker
         Description:   Section 102.003(a), Family Code - Would allow foster parents to seek
                        adoption after a child has been in their home for at least 6 months.
                        Status: Out of committee. Reported favorably as substituted



HB 452   Author:        Lucio III
         Description:   Subchapter Z, Chapter 51, Education Code - Would ensure colleges and
                        universities provide support to foster care alumni in need of housing
                        between academic terms
                        Status: Out of committee. Considered in Calendars


HB 481   Author:        Dutton
         Description:   Section 160.201(b), Family Code - Would require an acknowledgement
                        of paternity to be supported by the results of genetic testing.
                        Status: Referred to Judiciary and Civil Jurisprudence committee


HB 483   Author:        Dutton
         Description:   Section 102.008, Family Code - Would require petition to included
                        notice to alleged or presumed father of right to paternity testing and
                        court to order test if requested by alleged or presumed father.
                        Additionally, sets out process to vacate order of paternity or child
                        support.
                        Status: Referred to Judiciary & Civil Jurisprudence committee


HB 484   Author:        Dutton
         Description:   Subchapter A, Chapter 9, Family Code - Would require court to find
                        provisions of an order clear, specific, and unambiguous before
                        enforcement by contempt.




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                          Status: In House Judiciary and Civil Jurisprudence committee.
                          Withdrawn from schedule.



HB 487     Author:        Dutton
           Description:   Chapter 84, Family Code - Would allow testimony by children eight
                          years or older at a hearing on an application for a protective order.
                          Status: Referred to Judiciary & Civil Jurisprudence committee.


HB 502     Author:        Kleinschmidt
           Description:   Section 264.101(a-2), Family Code - Would extend foster care payments
                          for youth over the age of 18. Additionally, DFPS would pay up until the
                          last day of the month a youth turns 22.
                          Status: Left pending in House Human Services committee


HB 517     Author:        Dutton
           Description:   Section 156.401, Family Code - Would allow child support obligor to
                          plead confinement in a local, state, or federal jail or prison for a period
                          of at least 90 consecutive days as an affirmative defense to a motion for
                          enforcement.
                          Status: In House Judiciary and Civil Jurisprudence committee.
                          Withdrawn from schedule.



HB 545     Author:        Dutton
           Description:   Section 21.11(b) Penal Code - Would provide an affirmative defense to
                          indecency with a child for certain students who engage in sexual contact
                          with another student at least in 9th grade.
                          Status: Out of committee. Comm. report sent to Local & Consent
Calendar

HB 618     Author:        Dutton
           Description:   Subchapter B, Chapter 160, Family Code - Would allow equitable relief
                          to person identified in court order as father to a child who
                          demonstrates that the order was obtained by fraudulent
                          representations made by the child’s mother.
                          Status: Referred to Judiciary & Civil Jurisprudence committee




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HB 649   Author:        Gallego
         Description:   Article 7A.03, Code of Criminal Procedure – Would eliminate
                        requirement that court issuing a protective order effective for the
                        duration of the lives of the offender and victim must find reasonable
                        cause to believe that the victim is subject of a threat that reasonably
                        places the applicant in fear of further harm from the alleged offender.
                        Status: Out of committee. Placed on Local, Consent, and Res. Calendar


HB 712   Author:        Walle
         Description:   Section 531.048, Government Code - Would require DFPS to ensure
                        maximum caseloads for investigative workers average 21 cases at any
                        time and for Family Based Safety services, an average of 18 cases at any
                        time. Additionally, DFPS would be required to ensure the average hold
                        time for calls to the hotline does not exceed eight minutes and the call
                        abandonment rate for each state fiscal year does not exceed 25
                        percent.
                        Status: Referred to Human Services committee.


HB 753   Author:        Raymond
         Description:   Subchapter B, Chapter 40, Human Resources Code – Would require
                        DFPS to use special assessment tools to place applicants in CPS divisions
                        for which they are best suited based on applicant’s skills, personality
                        traits, and experience. Additionally, would required DFPS to study the
                        effect of salaries on the recruitment and retention of caseworkers.
                        Status: Out of committee. Reported favorably as substituted


HB 769   Author:        Lozano
         Description:   Subchapter C, Chapter 42, Human Resources Code – Would require
                        DFPS or licensed child-placing agency to perform a psychological
                        evaluation on operators of foster homes and potential adoptive parents
                        before placing a child.
                        Status: Referred to Human Services committee




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HB 792   Author:        Zerwas
         Description:   Section 263.102, Family Code – Would require service plans to inform
                        parents that compliance with the service plan is voluntary. Parents who
                        are unable or unwilling to sign service plan to file a motion for a hearing
                        to approve the plan. If the parents refuse to sign the plan, the plan will
                        not take effect until the court approves the plan. Additionally, would
                        create a rebuttable presumption that placing a child with a designated
                        caregiver is in the best interests of the child and would not require DFPS
                        to conduct a home study in these circumstances.
                        Status: Left pending in House Human Services committee


HB 793   Author:        Zerwas
         Description:   Section 105.009(a), (c), (h), (i), and (k), Family Code – Would require
                        court ordering parties to attend parent education and family
                        stabilization course to specially state findings as to parental deficiencies
                        and specific areas to be covered in parent education and family
                        stabilization course.
                        Status: Referred to Judiciary & Civil Jurisprudence committee


HB 794   Author:        Zerwas
         Description:   Sections 262.112 (a) and (b), Family Code - Would prohibit DFPS from
                        placing a child with a designated caregiver under certain circumstances
                        involving immediate danger to the child or if the designated caregiver
                        has criminal history unless DFPS determines the placement will not
                        endanger the child. Additionally, would require DFPS to provide parent
                        with written notice of objections to designated placement and allow
                        parent to challenge the placement decision.
                        Status: Referred to Human Services committee


HB 807   Author:        Parker
         Description:   Subchapter B, Chapter 264, Family Code - Would require DFPS to
                        provide written notice to residential child-care facility and child-placing
                        agency involved with the child at least 48 hours before the residential
                        placement is changed.
                        Status: Out of committee. Reported favorably w/o amendment(s)




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HB 824   Author:        Villarreal
         Description:   Subchapter A, Chapter 32, Health and Safety Code – Would require the
                        Attorney General to develop and periodically update a publication to
                        promote fathers’ involvement.
                        Status: Referred to Health & Human Services committee.


HB 826   Author:        Farias
         Description:   Subchapter Z, Chapter 33, Education Code – Would require school
                        districts to appoint an employee to act as a liaison officer to facilitate
                        the enrollment in or transfer to a public school of a child in the district
                        who is in the conservatorship of the state.
                        Status: Left pending in House Public Education committee.


HB 835   Author:        Parker
         Description:   Section 102.006 (c), Family Code – Would decrease the time limit to file
                        a suit for modification requesting permanent managing conservatorship
                        or adoption of a child to 30 days after termination of parental rights.
                        Status: Out of committee. Reported favorably as substituted


HB 848   Author:        Guillen
         Description:   Section 34.001, Family Code – Would permit an authorization
                        agreement between parent in child protective services case and relative
                        or other person with whom a child is placed under a parental child
                        safety placement agreement approved by DFPS to allow the person to
                        perform the acts described by Section 34.002 with regard to the child.
                        Status: Passed House. Referred to Senate Health & Human Services
                        committee.



HB 906   Author:        Thompson
         Description:   Section 107.013, Family Code – Relates to appointments made in and
                        the appeal of certain suits affecting the parent-child relationship.
                        Status: Passed House. Referred to Senate Jurisprudence.


HB 907   Author:        Thompson
         Description:   Section 85.001, Family Code – Would allow the court to render a
                        protective order effective for a period that exceeds two years if the
                        court finds that the subject of the order caused serious bodily injury to




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                          the applicant or family member or was the subject of two or more
                          previous protective orders.
                          Status: Referred to House Judiciary & Civil Jurisprudence committee.


HB 909    Author:         Thompson
          Description     Section 154.006(a), Family Code – Would terminate the parent-child
                          relationship and the obligation to pay child support in circumstances of
                          mistaken paternity.
                          Status: Out of house committee. Laid on the table subject to call.


HB 943    Author:         Dukes
          Description     Subchapter B, Chapter 264, Family Code – Would require DFPS to notify
                          law enforcement, the appropriate court, the attorney ad litem, and the
                          child’s parent, if a child in its managing conservatorship is missing from
                          the child’s substitute care provider.
                          Status: Passed House. Referred to Senate Health & Human Services
                          committee.



HB 1194   Author:         Zerwas
          Description     Section 261.002, Family Code – Would provide for procedural
                          protections for individuals reported to have committed abuse or
                          neglect.
                          Status: Referred to House Human Services committee.


HB 1221   Author:         Miles
          Description:    Subchapter A, Chapter 31, Human Resources Code – Would, to the
                          extent that funds are appropriated for this purpose, establish a kinship
                          care support program to provide financial assistance to kinship
                          caregivers using funds available for that purpose under the federal
                          Temporary Assistance for Needy Families block grant.
                          Status: Referred to House Human Services committee

HB 1243   Author:         Miller, Doug
          Description:    Chapter 22, Penal Code – Would create a state jail felony offense for a
                          person who intentionally, willingly, and recklessly ingests a controlled
                          substance while pregnant or introduces a controlled substance into the
                          body of a person who is pregnant.
                          Status: Left pending in House Criminal Jurisprudence committee



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HB 1342   Author:        Walle
          Description:   Section 531.048, Government Code – Would, to the extent appropriated
                         money is available for the purpose, ensure that DFPS not exceed an
                         average caseload for department caseworkers - 21 for investigative
                         caseworkers, 18 for CPS caseworkers providing FBSS services, and 27 for
                         adult protective services. Additionally, the Abuse, Neglect and
                         Exploitation Hotline would adopt call processing standards including an
                         average hold time not to exceed 8 minutes, and a call abandonment
                         rate for to exceed 25% per fiscal year.
                         Status: Referred to House Human Services committee.


HB 1466   Author:        Hernandez Luna
          Description:   Title 2, Family Code – Would permit a young adult (person at least 18
                         years of age and under 21 years of age) who is not a citizen or a
                         permanent resident of the U.S. file a suit requesting the court to declare
                         that the young adult has been abused, neglected, or abandoned or
                         otherwise meets the requirements for special immigration status as
                         defined by 8 U.S.C. Section 1101 (a) (27) (J). The suit may be filed in a
                         court that has family law jurisdiction.
                         Status: Left pending in House State Affairs Committee.


HB 1601   Author:        Price
          Description:   Section 3.03(b), Penal Code – would allow for the stacking of penalties if
                         the accused is found guilty of first degree felony offenses of injury to a
                         child, an elderly individual, or a disabled individual.
                         Status: Passed House


HB 1709   Author:        Dukes
          Description:   Chapter 40, Human Resources Code – would add subchapter E asset
                         development for eligible foster children, creating individual
                         development accounts to be facilitated and administered by sponsoring
                         organizations to enable participating individuals to accumulate assets
                         and facilitate and mobilize savings. Participants may use the
                         development accounts for first-time home purchases, start-up
                         businesses or self-employment costs, and/or postsecondary education
                         or training expenses.
                         Status: Left pending in House Human Services committee




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HB 1722   Author:        Lucio
          Description:   Chapter 38, Penal Code – would create an offense for the failure to stop
                         or report certain crimes committed against a child.
                         Status: Left pending in House Criminal Jurisprudence committee


HB 1854   Author:        Rodriguez
          Description:   Chapter 264, Family Code – would define “parent-child safety
                         agreement” as a temporary out-of-home placement of a child with a
                         caregiver that is made by a parent or other person with whom the child
                         resides in accordance with a written agreement approved by DFPS that
                         ensures the safety of the child during an investigation of alleged abuse
                         or neglect of the child or while the parent is receiving services from
                         DFPS.
                         Status: Out of committee. Placed on Local, Consent, and Res. Calendar.


HB 2014   Author:        Thompson
          Description:   Section 11.44(b), Alcoholic Beverage Code - would amend the Alcoholic
                         Beverage Code to require TABC to refuse to issue for varying period of
                         times as a result of offense involving prostitution or trafficking of
                         persons. Additionally, this bill would amend the Code of Criminal
                         Procedure to require defendants convicted of trafficking of persons or
                         compelling prostitution of a child to pay restitution in an amount equal
                         to the cost of necessary rehabilitation including medical, psychiatric and
                         psychological care and treatment for victims of the offense under the
                         age of 18. This bill would also require court-ordered community
                         supervision of defendants convicted of compelling prostitution of a child
                         or trafficking.
                         Status: Passed House. Referred to Senate Criminal Justice committee.


HB 2210   Author:        Farias
          Description:   Section 261.203, Family Code – as soon as information regarding child
                         fatalities resulting from abuse or neglect is available, DFPS will provide
                         the information to the judge of each court in the state having
                         jurisdiction over child abuse and neglect cases and proceedings and the
                         judge with supervisory authority over a court having such jurisdiction.
                         Status: Left pending in House Human Services committee.




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HB 2329   Author:        Zedler
          Description:   Title 1, Code of Criminal Procedure – relating to the confidentiality of
                         certain information regarding victims of trafficking of persons and to the
                         issuance and enforcement of protective orders to protect victims of
                         trafficking of persons.
                         Status: Out of Committee. Comte report filed with Committee
                         Coordinator



HB 2337   Author:        Gallego
          Description:   Section 8, Article 38.22, Code of Criminal Procedure – would specify that
                         provisions of law relating to the admissibility of a child statement and
                         the waiver of any right granted to a child by state or federal law in a
                         proceeding under the Juvenile Justice Code do not preclude the
                         admission of a statement made by the child if the statement is obtained
                         in another state in compliance with the laws of that state or Texas or by
                         federal law enforcement officers in Texas or another state in
                         compliance with federal laws.
                         Status: Out of committee. Placed on Local, Consent, and Res. Calendar.


HB 2706   Author:        Nash
          Description:   Subchapter D, Chapter 261, Family Code – DFPS shall make a review and
                         analysis of investigations of child abuse and neglect in which the
                         department has determined abuse or neglect was committed by a child
                         in foster care against another child in foster care. No later than
                         12/31/12, the department shall make recommendations under this
                         section to the governor, lieutenant governor, speaker of the house, and
                         standing legislative committees.
                         Status: Referred to House Human Services committee.


HB 2820   Author:        Farias
          Description:   Subchapter B, Chapter 263, Family Code – would create an Educational
                         Course Pilot Program in Bexar County that requires parents receiving
                         services from DFPS in Bexar County and against whom the department
                         has made a finding of abuse or neglect complete an educational course
                         on the effects of child abuse or neglect on a child. The department shall
                         require the completion of the course as a condition of the service plan
                         for the parent.
                         Status: In House Human Services committee. Withdrawn from schedule




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HB 3000   Author:        Thompson
          Description:   Chapter 20A, Penal Code – would amend the Penal Code to create the
                         first degree felony offense of continuous trafficking of persons. The bill
                         makes it an offense to engage in two or more times in conduct that
                         constitutes an offense of trafficking a person that is more than 30 days
                         in duration. The bill makes the offense punishable by imprisonment of
                         not more than 99 years or less than 25 years.
                         Status: Passed House. Senate received from House.


HB 3123   Author:        Thompson
          Description:   Subchapter B, Chapter 262, Family Code – would make it the duty of
                         DFPS to inform all adult relatives (related within the third degree of
                         consanguinity) to a child removed from home within 30 days of
                         removal, options to participate in care, and date, time and location of
                         the status hearing. Additionally, all adult persons identified in a child
                         placement resources form completed by the parent or person having
                         legal custody shall be notified as well as any other adult relatives or
                         adult persons with a longstanding and significant relationship with the
                         child, at the department’s discretion.
                         Status: Referred to House Judiciary & Civil Jurisprudence committee.


HB 3176   Author:        King
          Description:   Section 38.17, Penal Code – would change the offense for failure to stop
                         or report aggravated sexual assault of a child from Class A misdemeanor
                         to felony.
                         Status: Left pending in House Criminal Jurisprudence committee


HB 3234   Author:        Hernandez Luna
          Description:   Subchapter A, Chapter 264, Family Code – would require DFPS to
                         release a copy of a child’s case record to the child no later than 30 days
                         before the date of the child’s discharge from foster care. The goal of
                         this bill is to prioritize requests to release case records, including those
                         made by an adult previously in the department’s managing
                         conservatorship.
                         Status: Passed House.




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HB 3311      Author:        Carter
             Description:   Section 107.004, Family Code – would require a meeting between an
                            attorney ad litem appointed for a child and the client to take place a
                            sufficient time before the hearing to prepare for the hearing and take
                            place in a private setting.
                            Status: Out of Committee. Comte report filed with Committee
                            Coordinator



HB 3454      Author:        Workman
             Description:   Sections 153.009(a) and (f), Family Code – would change the minimum
                            age the court of a child interviewed in chambers from 12 to 15 to
                            determine the child’s wishes regarding conservatorship.
                            Status: Referred to House Judiciary & Civil Jurisprudence committee.


HB 3474      Author:        Gallego
             Description:   Section 43.02, Penal Code – would provide a defense to prosecution for
                            a child younger than 14 years old for the offense of prostitution.
                            Status: Left pending in House Criminal Jurisprudence committee.


HB 3531      Author:        Strama
             Description:   Subchapter A, Chapter 226, Family Code – except in the case of an
                            emergency, a foster child may not be prescribed more than four
                            prescription medications to be taken concurrently unless the decision to
                            prescribe medication is reviewed and approved by an independent
                            physician. The bill will require HHSC to implement a system under
                            which HHSC will use Medicaid vendor drug program data to monitor the
                            prescribing of psychotropic drugs for children in foster care and enrolled
                            in STAR managed care.
                            Status: Out of House committee. Comm. report sent to Local & Consent
                            Calendar



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SB 33        Author:        Zaffirini
             Description:   Section 32.0261, Human Resources Code - Would extend children’s
                            Medicaid eligibility from 6 months to 1 year.
                            Status: Referred to Health and Human Services




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SB 39    Author:        Zaffirini
         Description:   Subchapter B, Chapter 531, Government Code - Would improve the
                        benefit application eligibility process by increasing community outreach
                        and capacity.
                        Status: Referred to Health and Human Services


SB 63    Author:        Zaffirini
         Description:   Section 1, Chapter 487, Government Code - Would provide matched
                        savings accounts to families working with Family Based Safety Services.
                        Status: Left pending in Senate Business and Commerce committee


SB 98    Author:        Van de Putte
         Description:   Section 20A.01, Penal Code - Would expand the definition of forced
                        labor, sexual exploitation of minors, and continuous trafficking of a
                        person. Also supports the continued efforts of the Texas Human
                        Trafficking Prevention Task Force.
                        Status: Referred to Criminal Justice


SB 152   Author:        Huffman
         Description:   Sections 1, 2, and 3, Article 38.37, Code of Criminal Procedure - Would
                        allow that in the prosecution of a defendant for sexual offenses
                        committed against a child evidence of similar offenses committed by
                        the defendant shall be admitted in the trial. Amended to include
                        evidence of similar offense has been proved beyond reasonable doubt.
                        Amended to include Human Trafficking.
                        Status: Passed to engrossment as amended


SB 218   Author:        Nelson
         Description:   Section 153.0071 (e-1), Family Code - Would prevent CPS from entering
                        into written agreements with a child’s parent or another adult requiring
                        certain actions to ensure the safety after the case if closed; would
                        require CPS to seek custody of a child under age 11 who tests positive
                        for an STD (unless based on medical evidence, a finding of child abuse is
                        not supported or after interviewing the child, it is found that the
                        perpetrator of the abuse was not a parent of the child or an adult living
                        in the same home); would waive the driver’s license fee for foster
                        youth.
                        Status: House Received from the Senate




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SB 219   Author:        Nelson
         Description:   Section 264.015, Family Code - Would expand the trauma-informed
                        training programs and services, requiring department casework
                        supervisors to complete an annual refresher training course in trauma-
                        informed programs and services and also providing the same trauma-
                        informed training to CASAs, CAC staff, therapists at Department of
                        Aging and Disability Services mental health centers, and domestic
                        violence shelter staff. The bill also requires that STAR require that
                        contracted physicians and providers receive training in trauma-informed
                        care as well as post-traumatic stress disorder and attention
                        deficit/hyperactivity disorder.
                        Status: House Received from Senate


SB 269   Author:        Uresti
         Description:   Subchapter A, Chapter 263, Family Code - Would require that DFPS
                        provide the “Foster Care Bill of Rights” to all youth in care, informing
                        each child of his or her rights as provided by state or federal law or
                        policy.
                        Status: Referred to Health and Human Services


SB 277   Author:        Davis
         Description:   Section A, Chapter 264, Family Code - Would require DFPS to release
                        the full case record to a child exiting foster care, no later than 30 days
                        before discharge.
                        Status: Referred to Health and Human Services


SB 434   Author:        Nelson
         Description:   Section 1, Chapter 531, Government Code – Would create a Task Force
                        to address the relationship between domestic violence and child abuse
                        and neglect.
                        Status: Reported engrossed




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SB 471   Author:        West
         Description:   Section 11.252 (a), Education Code – Would amend the policy
                        addressing sexual abuse and other maltreatment of children to include
                        provisions describing progress on the adoption and implementation of
                        this policy, include charter schools in the policy, include maltreatment
                        as well as sexual abuse, and include specific training plans for staff.
                        Status: Referred to Health and Human Services


SB 482   Author:        Harris
         Description:   Section 34.002, Family Code – would only allow for one authorization
                        agreement with a nonparent relative of a child to be in effect at one
                        time.
                        Status: House Received from Senate


SB 501   Author:        West
         Description:   Title 1, Human Resources Code – would establish an Interagency Council
                        for Addressing Disproportionality to examine the level of
                        disproportionate involvement of children who are members of a racial
                        or ethnic minority group at each stage in the juvenile justice, child
                        welfare, education, and mental health systems.
                        Status: House Referred to Human Services


SB 532   Author:        Davis
         Description:   Subchapter B, Chapter 40, Human Resources Code – DFPS would study
                        the feasibility of developing and implementing a system that would
                        cross-reference new birth registrations filed with the Bureau of Vital
                        Statistics with the registry of reported cases of child abuse and neglect.
                        Status: Referred to Health and Human Services


SB 574   Author:        Van de Putte
         Description:   Section 1355.001, Insurance Code – would require insurance to provide
                        coverage to children between the ages of 3 and 17 who have been
                        diagnosed with a serious emotional or behavioral disorder or a
                        neuropsychiatric condition.
                        Status: Referred to State Affairs




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SB 578   Author:        Fraser
         Description:   Chapter 38, Code of Criminal Procedure – would address the testimony
                        of a child in the prosecution of an offense and include various, child-
                        friendly court procedures such as limiting duration of testimony, limiting
                        the timing of testimony, allowing comfort items and/or a support
                        person, and ensuring age appropriate language and questions.
                        Status: Referred to Criminal Justice


SB 681   Author:        West
         Description:   Subchapter C, Chapter 40, Human Resources Code – would establish a
                        Child Welfare Assessment Task Force to study the assessments used by
                        DFPS to determine appropriate placement, treatment, and service
                        needs for a child, develop a list of tools for providers to use when
                        conducting behavioral assessments, and develop guidelines regarding
                        the contents of assessment reports.
                        Status: Placed on intent calendar


SB 968   Author:        Nelson
         Description:   Section 1, 42.015 Code of Criminal Procedure – in the case that the
                        judge makes an affirmative finding of fact and enters the affirmative
                        judgment in a case where the victim was under the age of 17 at the time
                        of the offense, in addition to any other costs imposed on conviction, a
                        person shall pay 1) $50 for a misdemeanor offense and 2) $100 for a
                        felony offense. The comptroller shall deposit revenue received under
                        this account to fund the statewide CASA organization.
                        Status: Referred to Criminal Justice committee.


SB 993   Author:        Uresti
         Description:   Section 1, Chapter 264, Family Code – Parental Child Safety Agreements
                        would need to include terms that clearly state the respective duties of
                        the person making the placement and the caregiver, the conditions
                        under which the person placing the child would have access to the child,
                        the duties of the department, the date on which the agreement will
                        terminate, and any other term the determine deems necessary for the
                        safety and well-being of the child. The department must also have
                        procedures in place for evaluating the appropriateness of the potential
                        caregiver. There are additional procedures for the closing of cases
                        related to parental child safety agreements in this bill as well.
                        Status: Out of Senate committee. Not again placed on intent calendar




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SB 1025   Author:        Harris
          Description:   Section 1, Section 107.013, Family Code – in a suit affecting the parent-
                         child relationship, any citation served on the parent of a child would
                         include information regarding the appointment of an attorney ad litem
                         to represent an indigent parent and the procedure for a parent to assert
                         the claim of indigence.
                         Status: Passed Senate. House received from Senate.


SB 1026   Author:        Harris
          Description:   Subchapter B, Chapter 107, Family Code – would clarify the duties,
                         responsibilities, and role of the attorney ad litem for parent in abuse or
                         neglect cases ad would require continuing legal education related to
                         child protection law as well as prior training in child protection law.
                         Status: Out of Senate committee. Not again placed on intent calendar


SB 1027   Author:        Harris
          Description:   Section 1, Subpart F, Part XIII, Texas Probate Code – would be amended
                         to prohibit an attorney serving as guardian from providing legal services
                         in connection with the guardianship.
                         Status: Referred to Senate Jurisprudence committee.


SB 1060   Author:        Van de Putte
          Description:   Subtitle H, Title 2, Health and Safety Code – would add chapter 169
                         which would add the First Offender Prostitution Prevention Program to
                         integrate and advise program participants on available services in the
                         processing of cases (mental health, substance abuse), use a
                         nonadversarial approach in order to educate offenders and reduce
                         demand for commercial sex trafficking, and allow those who
                         successfully complete the program to receive an order of nondisclosure
                         from the court.
                         Status: Referred to Senate Criminal Justice committee.


SB 1154   Author:        Uresti
          Description:   Chapter 264, Family Code – would establish a Task Force to develop a
                         strategy to reduce child abuse and neglect and improve child welfare.
                         Status: Passed Senate. House received from Senate.




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                     Legislative Update – 4/18/2011

SB 1312   Author         Van de Putte
          Description:   Alcoholic Beverage Code, Various and Code of Criminal Procedure,
                         Various - Relating to certain criminal and civil consequences of
                         trafficking of persons, compelling prostitution, and certain other related
                         criminal offenses and to the prevention, prosecution, and punishment
                         of those offenses.
                         Status: Referred to Senate Criminal Justice committee.



SB 1436   Author         Van de Putte
          Description:   Chapter 20A, Penal Code – would create the offense for continuous
                         trafficking of persons, providing a penalty and other civil consequences.
                         Status: Out of Senate committee. Committee report printed and
                         distributed



SB 1490   Author         Uresti
          Description:   Section 152.105, Family Code – would add a subsection relating to child
                         custody determination made in a foreign country or to an enforcement
                         of an order for the return of a child made under the Hague Convention
                         on Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction. The court may issue a
                         warrant to take physical custody of a child if the court finds that the
                         child is imminently likely to suffer serious physical harm or be removed
                         from this state.
                         Status: Passed Senate. Out of House Committee. Reported favorably w/o
                         amendment(s)



SB 1624   Author         Davis
          Description:   Section 58.003, Family Code – would order the sealing of records
                         concerning a child adjudicated as having engaged in certain delinquent
                         conduct and who have been the victims of human trafficking, when the
                         child successfully completes the term of probation or is discharged from
                         Texas Youth Commission, as applicable.
                         Status: Left pending in Senate Higher Education Committee.




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                        Legislative Update – 4/18/2011

SB 1637   Author          Davis
          Description:    Subchapter A, Chapter 264, Family Code – would ensure that each child
                          in the managing conservatorship of the Department of Family and
                          Protective Services who is 16 years of age or older would receive a free
                          copy the child’s credit report each year until the child is discharged from
                          foster care and would understand the report and the procedure for
                          correcting inaccuracies.
                          Status: Referred to Senate Health and Human Services committee.


SB 1643   Author          Uresti
          Description:    Section 201.2041(b), Family Code – relates to the mandatory dismissal
                          deadlines and extended jurisdiction in suits affecting the parent child
                          relationship to which the Department of Family and Protective Services
                          is a party. Of particular note, the bill grants a court extended
                          jurisdiction, with a child’s case remaining on a court’s docket, for youth
                          who enter into periods of extended foster care following their 18th
                          birthdays. Courts shall conduct periodic review hearings every six
                          months to review the young adult’s plan of service and such hearings
                          can extend to the youth’s 21st birthday.
                          Status: Referred to Senate Jurisprudence committee.


SB 1705   Author          Lucio
          Description     Subchapter Z, Chapter 51, Education Code – would provide for
                          temporary housing between academic terms at institutions of higher
                          education for students formerly under the conservatorship of the
                          Department of Family and Protective Services.
                          Status: Referred to Senate Higher Education committee.


SB 1843   Author          Carona
          Description     Subchapter A, Chapter 102, Code of Criminal Procedure – would create
                          a $10 penalty on conviction of an offense for which the defendant is
                          required to register as a sex offender and the funds shall go to the
                          Internet Crimes Against Children Fund. Additionally, the bill would
                          require the Attorney General to assist felony prosecutors in the state in
                          obtaining administrative subpoenas for the purposes of investigating
                          and prosecuting crimes involving exploitation of a minor.
                          Status: Left pending in Senate Criminal Justice Committee.




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                                   Advanced Child Abuse
                                   Investigation Training and
                                   Other News
                                   Nicole Martinez, Program
                                   Manager nicole.martinez@tmpa.org

         Advanced Child Abuse                                 Interested in Hosting Training at
         Investigation - Law Enforcement                      Your Agency?
         Training:                                            If there is no training available in your area,
                                                              please contact me to schedule one at your agency.
         The Advanced Child Abuse Investigation training
                                                              Instructors will travel for FREE to your agency to
         is designed to improve law enforcement’s
                                                              teach. Agencies interested in hosting must meet
         response to incidents of child abuse and neglect,
                                                              the following requirements:
         particularly child sexual abuse and exploitation.
         This training combines the most up-to-date inter-    • Ensure a minimum of 10 officers are in atten-
         viewing and investigative techniques for officers      dance
         to process such crimes more effectively, while       • Provide a facility (at no cost) that can accom-
         ensuring full victim restoration through the use       modate 10+ officers comfortably
         of multidisciplinary teams.
                                                              • Provide a media projector and screen
         2011 Instructor Training:
                                                              Child Abuse Prevention Month
10   ]   The 2011 Advanced Child Abuse Investigation
         Instructor Training was held January 31st-           April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month,
         February 2nd in Austin. Fourteen new instructors     a time to raise awareness about child abuse and
         were trained to teach the Advanced Child Abuse       neglect and encourage individuals and communi-
         Investigation - Law Enforcement Training, across     ties to support children and families. This is a
         the state. Below is a list of the new instructors:   time communities throughout the nation work
                                                              together to raise awareness about the horrors of
         Andrew Carian - San Antonio Police Department        child abuse and neglect, and provide information,
         John Raiford - Trinity Police Department             tools, and support to help prevent child abuse
                                                              and neglect and keep children safe.
         Barbara Ferrara - West Texas A&M University
         Darrell Losoya - Alpine Police Department            Contact your local Children’s Advocacy Center to
                                                              find out what they are doing this April to bring
         Frank Muniz - Katy ISD Police Department
                                                              awareness about preventing child abuse. Visit
         Gary Teeler - Texas Parks and Wildlife               www.cactx.org/local to find a center near you.
         Jim Sears - Irving Police Department
         Joel Pridgeon - Austin Police Department
         Karl Schoenthal - River Oaks Police Department
         Kevon Howard - Glenn Heights Police Department
         Mark Tedder - Smith County Sheriff’s Office
         Matt Levan - Sugar Land Police Department                        Committed to Providing
         Paul Blea - Seguin Police Department                    Educational Opportunity for CJ Professionals
         Shari Burrows - Friendswood Police Department                           Criminal Justice Degrees
                                                                 • Master’s CJ -Professional Track
         Online Registration                                     • Bachelor’s CJ -33 credits @ no cost for TCLEOSE training
                                                                 • Both degrees are fully accredited and completely on-line
         To find a list of upcoming trainings and register
         online, visit our website at www.acatraining.org           Contact: cjprograms@tarleton.edu or 254-968-9024
         and click on Calendar.
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                                                      A Call for
                                                      Instructors!
                                                      Carole Metcalf, Program
                                                      Coordinator carole.metcalf@tmpa.org

                         Campaign                     FRIDAY is currently
                                                      seeking officers from
The Children’s Advocacy Centers of Texas, Inc.’s
                                                      across the State who
(CACTX) has launched a statewide campaign cen-        are interested in
tered around the courage it takes to talk about       becoming instructors
child sexual abuse—the courage it takes child vic-    to train fellow officers
tims to come forward and talk about their abuse,      on laws and investiga-
and the courage it takes adults to talk about the     tive/enforcement tech-
issue, learn the signs, and report abuse when it’s    niques related to
suspected.                                            underage drinking and
                                                      underage impaired driving. This 8-hour class
Child sexual abuse is a crime of secrecy which,
                                                      includes topics such as the Alcohol’s Effect on
tragically, breeds within our society because it is
                                                      Brain Development, the Alcoholic Beverage Code,
difficult to talk about. Talking openly about this
                                                      Counterfeit Identification, and Investigative
issue combats the secrecy that enables it and
helps to eradicate child sexual abuse from our
                                                      Techniques/Preventative Measures related to
                                                      underage drinking and underage impaired driving.
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communities.
Why One With Courage? Because it takes tremen-        Instructors must be committed to reducing
dous courage for young victims to come forward        underage drinking and underage impaired
and openly discuss the abuse they’ve suffered. It     drinking and driving not only through officer
takes courage for adults to recognize the signs of    education, but also through involvement with
abuse and report suspected abuse. It will take        coalitions in their local communities.
courage for Texans to engage in an open dialogue
about child sexual abuse.
                                                      Officers who wish to be considered must submit
                                                      an application, attend a 3-day Train-the-Trainer
The One With Courage campaign aims to educate         course to be held April 5th- 7th at TMPA
our fellow Texans about the signs of sexual abuse,    Headquarters (Austin), and commit to becoming
dispel generally accepted “myths” about this issue,   involved in local coalition building. Instructors
and provide communities with steps they may take      are selected based upon knowledge, experience,
to make a difference in a child’s life.               education, expressed interest, and geographical
Most importantly, this campaign aims to inspire       location (officers in rural areas are preferred).
courage necessary to take action against child sex-   If you are interested in becoming an instructor,
ual abuse; whether starting a dialogue about this
                                                      please visit www.texasfriday.org and complete an
issue, equipping ourselves with the knowledge
                                                      application. You may send your application to
needed to recognize the signs of abuse, or volun-
                                                      fridayinfo@tmpa.org or FAX to FRIDAY at
teering at a local children’s advocacy center.
                                                      512-454-8860. All applications must be received
Visit the One With Courage website at                 by 5:00 p.m. Tuesday, March 15th.
www.onewithcourage.org to find ways you can
help!                                                 Should you have any questions, please contact
                                                      the F.R.I.D.A.Y. staff at 1-800-848-2088 x 207.
For any questions or to schedule training, you may
also contact Tammany Williams, Program                *Please note that this program is designed to serve as
Assistant: tammany.williams@tmpa.org, call 800-       continuing education for officers and is not a school
848-2088, or visit us online: www.acatraining.org     based program.

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Innovations Available for
License or Partnering
  Distinguishing Inflicted Injury
   from Accidents in Children
Background                                      Applications
This educational program was designed to        • Train clinicians and investigators to rec-
assist investigators, social workers, and         ognize common mechanisms and symp-
health care providers understand the              toms of serious injuries in young children
mechanisms of severe injuries sustained by
                                                • Enhance the clinical evaluation of serious
infants and young children.
                                                  injuries in infants and children
An understanding of the forces, character-
                                                • Improve investigative techniques
istics, and expected symptoms associated
with each injury is key to the evaluation       • Illustrate complex medical concepts in
and ultimate determination of abuse likeli-       court testimony to promote juror and
hood.                                             judge understanding
This CD teaches investigators and clinicians    Advantages
what information and details are needed to      • Segment contents created by physicians
address the questions, "Is this injury suspi-     who are experts in the field of childhood
cious for abuse? What tests and informa-          injuries and child abuse
tion do I need to address this possibility?"
                                                • Each audiovisual segment focuses on a
The Innovation                                    single type of injury, so training can be
Child Abuse Pediatricians at Children’s           directed “as needed” to that injury
Mercy Hospitals and Clinics in Kansas City
                                                • Each segment includes realistic anima-
and at the University of Texas Health Sci-
                                                  tion illustrating how different mecha-
ence Center San Antonio have developed a
                                                  nisms of accidental injuries and abuse
series of brief, realistic audiovisual seg-
                                                  lead to different findings
ments that provide the needed guidance.
The entire program is approximately 1 hour      • Compact disc viewable on Mac and PC
long.
                                                Status
Each segment describes a specific injury,       • Copyright, Children’s Mercy Hospitals and
e.g. transverse fracture of the femur, and        Clinics, and South Texas Technology
includes animations demonstrating one or          Management
more scenarios that reasonably explain the
injury.                                         • Demo and order at
                                                  www.childrensmercy.org/mic
Each injury section includes radiographs,
associated clinical findings, diagnostic test   Medical Information
data, and video clips of both accidental        Jim Anderst, MD, MSCI
and inflicted mechanisms of injury to assist    Section on Child Abuse and Neglect
the clinician and investigator in determining   Children's Mercy Hospitals and Clinics         Children’s Mercy Hospitals & Clinics
the need for further evaluation of abuse.                                                      2401 Gillham Road
                                                jdanderst@cmh.edu, 816-855-1729                Kansas City, MO 64108
                                                Licensing Information                          816-234-3000
                                                Stephen ONeil, PhD MBA
                                                Director of Technology Development
                                                soneil@cmh.edu, 816-701-4501


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