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Child Protection Advocates: Focus on Prevention

Child Protective Services advocates and the commissioner that heads the agency think they have come up with one solution for the problems that are plaguing Texas. Their solution is to focus on prevention programs, including home visits.

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Texas Kept Children in Foster Homes Without 24 Hour Supervision, Judge Finds

The federal judge overseeing a class action lawsuit against the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (TDFPS) has issued an order that finds that the agency has not been complying with her December 2015 order keeping the department from placing children in foster homes that lack 24-hour supervision. She opines that the state agency has continued to have children in these facilities for over a year.

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Texas Objects to CPS Reform Guidelines

The State of Texas has filed objections to the special masters’ report in the class action lawsuit filed on behalf of children in the care of the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS).

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Texas CPS Reformers: Cut Caseloads, Modernize Procedures

The Texas foster care system is in a crisis. How to settle the crisis has been a question for lawmakers, child advocates, and others. Now, two masters appointed by a federal judge in a class action suit filed against the state agency have issued their recommendations in a formal report.

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Texas State Police Tapped to Help CPS Locate 2,800 Children

Members of the Texas Senate Finance Committee were incensed to hear on Wednesday that over 2,800 at-risk children have still not been seen by CPS after citizen reports of abuse or neglect. Senator John Wittmire immediately tapped the Texas Department of Public Safety to address this emergency. Of these 2,800 children, 511 are classified in the “priority one” category.

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Texas Agency Hopes to ‘Raise Bar’ on Preventing Child Abuse

The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) announced a new strategic plan to “raise the bar” in preventing child abuse in the Lone Star State. The goal is to move from a plan based primarily on investigation-based efforts to an overall effort to strengthen families.

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Texas Judge Orders CPS to Read Constitution After Misleading Court

A Texas father fought back after Child Protective Services unlawfully removed his daughter and filed legal pleadings that were not supported by the evidence. The agency also went to court without giving the father notice of the removal hearing. A judge has ordered the agency to pay the father’s legal expenses and ordered CPS personnel to read the Constitution.

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Safe Haven for Sex Trafficked Girls Coming to Texas

A new therapeutic, $6.5 million, faith-based, 50-acre safe haven for sex trafficked girls aged 11-17 is coming to Texas. It will be the nation’s first and largest long-term comprehensive residential rehabilitative facility of its kind. “When we talk about domestic victims, we are talking about girls born and raised in the United States and they are trafficked in the United States, often city to city and state to state,” said Brooke Crowder, founder and director of the non-profit Refuge for DMST (Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking) in an interview with Breitbart Texas. Crowder said the project breaks ground in the Austin-area later this month.

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