• April 11, 2021

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Kids’ Advocates Blast State’s Appeal of Foster-Care Ruling

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Children’s advocates are crying foul after state officials appealed a federal judge’s ruling mandating numerous changes to the state’s foster care system. The order describes the system as “still broken,” and lists additional steps to protect abused and neglected children. The Texas Legislature approved a package of improvements last year, but […]Read More

Texas Argues it can fix Foster Care Without Judge’s Oversight

A new legal filing from Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has put Texas leaders in a delicate position of conceding problems in foster care but arguing against a federal judge’s proposed reforms. Texas’ Republican attorney general, faced with a mounting crisis in the state’s child welfare system, on Tuesday published a scathing critique of costly, court-ordered […]Read More

State Leaders order Child Protective Services Overhaul

Gov. Greg Abbott and other state leaders ordered the Department of Family and Protective Services Wednesday to ramp up efforts to protect endangered foster children and curb the backlog of ones waiting for homes. Abbott, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and House Speaker Joe Straus released a joint letter to department Commissioner Hank Whitman directing him to immediately develop a plan […]Read More

Texas Caseworkers Call For Foster Care Reforms

Texas officials are fighting tooth and nail against court-ordered, potentially costly reforms to the state’s foster care system — a position that’s drawn fierce criticism from child welfare advocates. Now a new group has joined the chorus lambasting the state for resisting those reforms: its own employees who work with children in foster care. Current […]Read More

Judge: Foster Care System violates Children’s Rights

Texas has violated the constitutional rights of foster children by exposing them to an unreasonable risk of harm in a system where children “often age out of care more damaged than when they entered,” a federal judge ruled Thursday. “Years of abuse, neglect and shuttling between inappropriate placements across the state has created a population […]Read More

Texas takes lead helping kids in foster care

A recent report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation shows how states can make sure children living in foster care have the same opportunities as their peers, and Texas is ahead of the curve. In the last session, the Legislature passed Senate Bill 1407, a law that makes it easier for children to do things […]Read More