DFPS Legislative Appropriations Request

Testimony to the LBB on Funding to Support Children and At-Risk Families in the FY 2020-2021 Biennium


The Legislature supported important funding increases and child welfare reforms over the last two sessions. However, there is much more work to do. The DFPS LAR requests $410 million in Exceptional Items, yet more funding is needed to support older youth in care; prevent abuse and neglect in at-risk families; develop more safe, appropriate homes for children in foster care; and implement the new federal Family First Prevention Services Act.