By the time DeAngelo Cortijo was 14, he had been in more than a dozen foster homes. He had run away and lived on the streets for months, and he had been diagnosed with bipolar and anxiety disorders, attachment disorder, intermittent explosive disorder or posttraumatic stress disorder. He had been in and out of mental hospitals and heavily medicated.
A Texas Christian family is facing the nightmare that all 11 of their homeschooled children (16, 14, 12, 9, 8 [twins], 7, 6, 3, 2, and 12 weeks) will be forcibly removed from them at the end of the month.
McLennan County (August 27, 2015) The Texas Legislator last session passed Senate Bill 30 which created the position of ombudsman for children and youth in state care.
Nearly two years before the murder of six Houston siblings, a state district judge denied a request by the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services to keep them in foster care, according to a memo sent to members of the Legislature on Tuesday.
The six children found murdered along with two adults in Houston over the weekend were no strangers to Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, which investigated at least four complaints about their care dating back 2011, and temporarily took the children into foster care two years later.
HOUSTON, TX – Julie Ketterman of KHA Lawyers, PLLC, is passionate about defending families and the rights of parents in cases involving Child Protective Services (CPS), a program of the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services.
FORT WORTH, Texas — A new state report reveals a series of missteps in the horrific abuse death of a 2-year-old boy earlier this year.The case of Adrian Langlais surfaced in April after his mother’s boyfriend was arrested on a murder charge.
Salaya Leal of Austin, Texas, was killed by a hit-and-run driver while panhandling earlier this month. She was 24, and had struggled since aging out of the foster-care system at 18.
Texas legislators passed a bill last week to create an ombudsman who will independently address issues foster youth have with the Department of Family and Protective Services.
Early in his tenure as governor of Texas, Greg Abbott suggested a clear and noble goal for the state’s beleaguered foster care system — a system in which far too many kids have died, including 10 in 2013.