Topic for Assignment:
Child welfare reform
HOUSE BILLS 4, 5, AND 7, SENATE BILL 11
The state’s foster care system is under a spotlight following headlines of children sleeping in hotels and offices, caseworkers grappling with high caseloads and endangered children going unseen following abuse allegations. Abbott designated the issue one of four emergencies of the session. He signed four measures aimed at overhauling the child welfare system at a ceremony two days after the end of the session.
HB 4 increases the amount of money given to relative caregivers. HB 7 aims to improve the process by which the state removes kids from dangerous homes.
Both chambers passed compromised versions of HB 5, which makes the troubled Department of Family and Protective Services a standalone agency, and SB 11, which shifts Texas to a “community-based care” model for handling some endangered children and allowing contracted nonprofits to monitor children in foster care and adoptive homes.
Based on the framework laid out in your lesson, you are to critically analyze an enacted state policy. This should be something you have seen show up in the news, an issue you are interested in, or a policy that could have direct impact on your life. It can be anything so long as it has been voted on by your state’s legislative branch, has been approved by the executive office, and has been signed into law. To make your work a little easier, you’ll likely want to choose something that has had media/public attention and is a broad enough issue that you can find scholarly sources to provide background information. Some examples of state issues include: fracking, legalization of medical marijuana, mental health services, state budget and spending, etc.
In this 5-7 page analysis you should:
- Establish the history of the issue
- Identify the major policy concepts/contexts
- Identify the stakeholders
- Review the development and implementation of the policy (what was the policymaking process?)
- Evaluate the effectiveness of the policy and its ability to meet stated goals (if possible)
- Provide an analysis (include the concepts from the week 4 lesson–efficiency, equity, ethics, feasibility, acceptability)
- Provide recommendations for improving or modifying the policy
- Situate your analysis in the contemporary policy literature.
Make sure you draw from the lesson and relevant PA journals. A list of good online journals is available in our online library. You should incorporate at least 4 scholarly journal sources. Remember that the content must be 5-7 pages (excluding title page and references) . *Your essay will be automatically uploaded to Turnitin.com and an originality report will be generated for you. No action is needed on your part. Please contact your instructor if you have questions about this process or your report.