AUSTIN (AP) – Lawmakers are examining a growing number of mentally ill children entering a Texas foster care system that a federal judge already has declared violates youngsters’ constitutional rights.READ MORE: Grapevine Police Seek Armed Robber Who Hit Convenience Store On William D. Tate Avenue
Convening Wednesday, a Texas Senate health committee also plans to scrutinize Child Protective Services’ tracking of abuse and neglect cases.
The hearing comes as a 17-year-old runaway from foster care is accused of killing a first-year dance major in the heart of the University of Texas at Austin campus.READ MORE: 'I Feel Like I'm Doing Something That Actually Matters' Says North Texas Mom Who Became Truck Driver Amid Nationwide Shortage
Gov. Greg Abbott last week named a former Texas Rangers chief to lead the embattled state agency overseeing foster care.
A judge ruled in December that Texas’ foster care system is so broken that it often leaves kids in long-term care worse than when they entered. Two “special masters” were appointed to make improvements.MORE NEWS: Tarrant County Prosecutor Chris Taylor Appointed Judge For Texas' 48th District Court
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