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Texas House Passes Child Welfare Reforms

May 18, 2017
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The Texas House on Thursday passed the last bill in a package of sweeping measures aimed at addressing a crisis in the state's child welfare system. 

Houston Foster Child Death Spurs Concerns Over Placement Shortages

Apr 3, 2017
Laura Skelding for the Texas Tribune

As Texas Department of Family and Protective Services officials continue investigating the death of a girl who escaped a Child Protective Services office, advocates and legislators are grappling with the worst-case scenario of the state's shortage of homes for abused and neglected children.

Callie Richmond/Texas Tribune

Gov. Greg Abbott has declared the state’s child welfare system as an emergency item in the current legislative session. But tied to that is a problem state leaders have battled for more than a decade – sex trafficking. 

Lauren Silverman / KERA News

Last year, a federal judge declared the Texas foster care system broken. That’s no small-scale problem. There are more than 30,000 children in Texas foster care each year, and national studies indicate up to 80 percent of them have at least one chronic medical condition. 

Bob Daemmrich / Texas Tribune

A board of lawmakers has given final approval for $150 million in funding to help pull the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services out of its crisis mode — but there are strings attached. 

Lawmakers On Board With Emergency Funding For Child Protection

Dec 1, 2016
Bob Daemmrich / The Texas Tribune

Texas lawmakers said Thursday they're willing to give $150 million in emergency funding to the embattled Department of Family and Protective Services to help the agency begin addressing gaps in its ability to protect vulnerable and abused children.

As First Bills Are Filed, Battle Lines For 2017 Session Begin To Emerge

Nov 14, 2016
Bob Daemmrich / The Texas Tribune

On the first day lawmakers could file bills for consideration during the 2017 session, leaders from both parties began drawing battle lines for fights over taxation, immigration and social issues that will likely dominate the upcoming meeting of the Texas Legislature. 

From Texas Standard

After reports that Child Protective Services caseworkers have let thousands of children at risk for abuse and neglect slip through the system’s cracks, a select team of police will begin to search the state for them.

Texas Investigators Failed To Check On Thousands Of At-Risk Children

Oct 4, 2016
Illustration by The Texas Tribune

On any given day in the past six months, nearly a thousand of Texas' "highest-priority" children — considered by the state to be at immediate risk of physical or sexual abuse — were not checked on even once by Child Protective Services investigators.

From Texas Standard:

Editor's note: This story contains language that may not be appropriate for all readers.

In Texas, the law is pretty clear when it comes to who's responsible for reporting abuse or neglect – pretty much anyone who thinks abuse or neglect is happening. Often, that person is a delivery nurse or a doctor.

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Governor Greg Abbott says the status quo at Child Protective Services is unacceptable. On Monday, he appointed new leaders for CPS and the agency that oversees CPS. 

Caseworkers, Kids Trapped In Collapsing Foster System In Texas

Apr 11, 2016
Callie Richmond / Texas Tribune

Daniel Hernandez, an investigator for the state’s Child Protective Services agency, left his South Austin home at dawn on a recent Thursday holding a stack of folders.

Texas Will Begin Tracking Pregnant Foster Youth

Jan 8, 2016
Philippe Put / Texas Tribune

The teenage pregnancy rate in the United States, including Texas, continues to fall, according to a recent report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Judge: Texas Foster Care System Violates Children's Rights

Dec 17, 2015
Doualy Xaykaothao / KERA News

A federal judge ruled Thursday that Texas has violated foster children's constitutional rights to be free from an unreasonable risk of harm, saying that children "often age out of care more damaged than when they entered." 

Video: Seeing An Unintended Consequence In CPS Law

May 12, 2015
Justin Dehn / Texas Tribune

Lawmakers are considering a bill that would prohibit the Department of Family and Protective Services from making a finding of "abuse" or "neglect" against a parent who surrenders parental rights to get a child mental health care.

Doualy Xaykaothao / KERA News

Holidays can be tough for any family. But when family includes a child or children in foster care, the stressors can multiply. One foster mom in Tarrant County shares her story. (And just a note: We’re identifying the mother and her adopted children only by their first names, at her request.)

A new effort is designed to keep foster children closer to their communities. KUT Radio in Austin has the details.

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The North Texas Municipal Water District could lift some of the tough Stage Three water restrictions tomorrow – including twice-a-month lawn watering.

The District’s Denise Hickey says once-a-week watering would be the most likely change. She says recent rains have restored lake levels.

Hickey: Lake Lavon has returned back to full elevation. We’ve received 20 inches of rain there. We’ve had additional rain inflow at Lake Jim Chapman. However, we still remain without 28% of our supply from Lake Texoma.

That’s because they don’t Zebra Mussels to spread beyond Texoma.