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As the situation with COVID-19 continues to develop and evolve, the safety, health and well-being of our clients and our team is extremely important to us. We are watching for the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control and international medical experts to learn how we can best manage our facility and our clients.

We would like to reassure you that The Law Office of Lisa A. Vance, P.C. will continue to be available to provide services to all of our clients.

Our lawyers and paralegals are working in the office and electronically, although most of us are working from home. Below is a list of FAQs regarding our response and commitment to you during COVID-19.

Can I even have a consultation with my lawyer remotely?

Yes, The Office of Lisa A. Vance, P.C. has a comprehensive remote working capability and all of our lawyers and paralegals are equipped to work securely from home.

Will my lawyer be available to answer questions and work on my case?

Yes, your legal matters will continue to receive our attention. You can email, call, or videoconference with your lawyer during this time.

We also have multiple videoconferencing options; please contact your attorney for the platform that works best for you

How are court hearings and appointments affected?

Court in Bexar County are now conducted by Zoom Please see our blog article Court via Zoom: It’s Actually, Really Court (and Here’s How It Works)

Can I consult with a lawyer about a new family law or divorce matter?

Yes, we have office staff working in house and remotely to ensure continuity in our business. For information about a family law or divorce matter, please call our office or complete the Request a Consultation Form.

Your family law matters remain our top concern and we are not going to permit this pandemic to take priority over your needs. We will remain confident, alert and prepared.

We wish you and your family well as we work through this difficult situation together.

With warm regards,
Lisa A Vance

 

 

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Will Texas’ foster care situation be addressed in the special session?

| Jul 9, 2021 | Firm News |

You may have heard that the Texas Legislature has convened a special session to take care of some unfinished business from their dealings earlier in the year. One of those matters could change the foster care system in Texas for the better.

As Austin TV station KXAN reported in a story on its website published July 8, the lawmakers will be taking a look at “how to recruit qualified foster families and providers” in Texas, “as children across the state are still sleeping in state offices and hotels.”

Gov. Greg Abbott announced that Texas would look at taking money from its general revenue fund for the “enhanced protection for the safety of children in Texas’ foster-care system by attracting and retaining private providers for the system.”

As the article noted, lawmakers passed a bill to prevent children without placements from sleeping in places like CPS offices during the regular season, but as some advocates for foster children observed, that law needs funding and recruiting of additional foster families in order to be able to truly implement it.

“We really had a critical need to increase foster care rates,” Kate Murphy with Texans Care for Children told KXAN, “and that didn’t happen.”

So it’s now up to the special session of the Texas House and Senate to address the matter. One San Antonio-based state senator, Jose Menendez, believes that increasing the reimbursements that families and providers receive would help ease the capacity issues. He’s looking to make that happen in this session, and has already reached out to Abbott on the issue

A Texas state rep from San Antonio, Ina Minjarez, has taken to social media to share what she sent to the governor on the matter.

The article notes that “as of 2019, foster families can be reimbursed in monthly payments that range from $300 to just over $1,000, depending on whether the child needs basic, moderate, specialized, intense or a higher level of care. Residential facilities or operations that house children can see payments anywhere from $500 to more than $3,000, according to the rate schedule.”

While that’s comparable to bordering states like New Mexico and Oklahoma, Menendez pointed out, regarding foster children, “We need to make sure they have a place to get the services they need to become fully productive and happy members of our society. Investing in Texas children is a down payment on the future of Texas.”

Minjarez pointed out that even though a lot of people don’t raise foster children for the money, the situation still needs to be addressed. “I don’t think money is what’s going to increase capacity… because people don’t do this for the money. The capacity problem, in my opinion, has got more to do with a lack of understanding about trauma.”

If you are interested in having your family serve as a foster family, this will be an issue to watch as the legislature works through its special session agenda. And if you have legal questions about fostering, adoption, or guardianship, the Law Office of Lisa A. Vance can help via a consultation. While people may not think of those issues as part of the family law spectrum, they most definitely are, and we have expertise that can help guide the legal strategies to go after your desired outcome.

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