85th Texas Legislature

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85th Legislative Session: TNOYS Legislative Agenda

The agenda we designed outlines our goals for the 85th Texas Legislature and invites state leaders and the public to join us in our work to recognize the strengths of youth and provide them with the supports they need. Our guiding principles are informed directly by our experience with young people and those who serve them.

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Understanding and Supporting the Unique Needs of Texas’ Homeless Youth

Through a contract with the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs (TDHCA), TNOYS developed and conducted the survey Youth Count Texas!, the first ever statewide count of youth experiencing homelessness in Texas. This fact sheet outlines how Texas can continue to take a leadership role this legislative session in the effort to end youth homelessness.

Young and Homeless in Texas

TNOYS and Texas Appleseed worked together to produce this fact sheet, based on learnings from our joint project to identify systemic drivers of and solutions to youth homelessness. 

Foster Care Funding and Redesign: Supporting the Best Possible Care for Texas’ Children and Youth

A fact sheet that outlines the three steps TNOYS recommends the Legislature takes to strengthen our state’s child welfare system.

Enhancing Prevention and Early Intervention Services for Youth and Families

The Prevention and Early Intervention (PEI) division at the Department of Family Protective Services (DFPS) provides services and interventions that are proven to prevent children and youth from ending up in the more expensive foster care and juvenile justice systems. This fact sheets provides recommendations for bolstering PEI efforts this legislative session, including strengthening the successful Services to At-Risk Youth (STAR) program.