Texas Lawmakers Look To Help Troubled Child Welfare SystemTexas lawmakers agree on the need to improve the state's beleaguered child welfare system, but how to do it and to pay for it during a tight budget year are still very much up in the air.
Paxton Says State Complying With Foster Care OrderThe state attorney general's office is challenging a federal judge's ruling that Texas is not complying with an earlier directive that foster children shouldn't be placed in any group home that doesn't have 24-hour supervision.
Child Advocates Say Texas Contradicts Itself On Foster CareAdvocacy group says Texas' objections to reforms to its troubled foster care system are "grossly at odds" with state officials' statements out of court and before legislators.
Key Issues Facing Texas Lawmakers In 2017Austin and Washington should be far more simpatico under President Trump than the White House's current occupant, but there's still room for potential policy clashes when the Texas Legislature heads back to work.
Texas Objects To Recommended Foster Care ChangesTexas is objecting to policy revisions recommended by experts chosen by a federal judge to overhaul its troubled foster care system, including a proposed ban on children sleeping in state offices.
Experts Recommend Broad Reforms For Texas Foster Care SystemExperts chosen to overhaul the troubled Texas foster care system are recommending a series of reforms in a key report.
State Leaders Call For A New Plan To Fix Child Protective ServicesWith nearly 1,000 at-risk kids being left unchecked for months, leaders are now calling for a new plan to fix Texas Child Protective Services.
Fort Worth Police Investigating Infant Death In CPS CustodyA 10-month-old girl died late Monday night in a Fort Worth home while in foster care.
Texas Foster Care System Faces Long OverhaulThe state's foster care system, which has about 30,000 children in homes and institutional settings, is "broken, and it has been that way for decades," said Judge Janis Graham Jack in her December ruling.
Former Texas Foster Children Tell Of Frequent Moves, AbuseFormer Texas foster care children described conditions of neglect and sometimes abuse as part of a lawsuit against Texas, prompting a federal judge to declare the system unconstitutionally broken.
Texas State Senate Focused On CPS & Foster Care IssuesChild abuse, neglect and a broken foster care system were all the focus in the Texas State Senate today. Texas CPS Commissioner John Specia explained that he has been trying to fix the system since taking over in 2012.
Texas Re-Examines Foster Care System As Issues MountLawmakers are examining a growing number of mentally ill children entering a Texas foster care system that a federal judge has already declared violates the constitutional rights of youngsters.
State Senate OKs Foster Care Training BoostThe Senate has approved mandating 35 hours of training for potential foster care parents, more than double what some are now required to have.
Fort Worth Starts First Ever Animal Foster Care ProgramWith animal shelters filling up, the City of Fort Worth is taking an unusual step to keep homeless pets alive. As part of a new program, one woman has become the city's first animal foster care home.
House Committee Scrutinizing Texas Foster CareA legislative committee examining ways to better-protect youngsters in Texas foster care will convene for the first time since two foster children drowned over July Fourth weekend.