January 2011 Texas Appleseed publicly releases foster care findings and
August 2010 Texas Appleseed presents preliminary study findings and recommendations to the Commission for Children, Youth and Families.
April 2009 Texas Appleseed release preliminary data on children in Permanent Managing Conservatorship in Texas.
Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P. and McGinnis, Lochridge & Kilore, L.L.P. led the pro bono effort on this project involving than 60 attorneys from these firms and solo practices: Gunderson, Sharp & Walke, L.L.P.; Hunton & Williams LLP; Littler Mendelson P.C.; Nix, Patterson & Roach, L.L.P.; Perry & Kellogg, LLP; Sprouse Shader Smith P.C.; andThompson & Knight LLP. We also are indebted to Research & Planning Consultants, LP, and to Tim Bishop, CLVS, with Legal Video Specialists. Rees-Jones Foundation, The RGK Foundation, the Meadows Foundation, and the Texas Bar Foundation helped underwrite our foster care research and reporting.
January 2008 The Texas Supreme Court's new Permanent Judicial Commission for Children, Youth and Families asks Texas Appleseed to study and issue a formal report on how the courts and the legal system can improve life outcomes for foster children. Texas Appleseed Board Member Allan Van Fleet was named to this Commission, and Executive Director Rebecca Lightsey was named to the Commission's Collaborative Council of Advisors.
November 2007 Texas Appleseed testifies before the Texas Supreme Court on foster care needs and in support of the creation of a Permanent Judicial Commission for Children, Youth and Families (which was established in 2007).
September 2007 Working with pro bono partner Dewey & LeBoeuf, Texas Appleseed publishes a report on the status of foster care in Texas in the wake of the 2007 Texas legislative session.