The narrative around foster care in Texas usually centers on overloaded caseworkers, traumatized children and a flawed, underfunded state system. However, few of us look in the mirror and wonder what we ourselves can do to improve the lives of children in the Texas foster care system.
AUSTIN — An alarming number of deaths of children in foster care last year sparked legislative change this session, but watchdogs argue that those measures didn’t go far enough.
There are 17,000 children in foster care in the state.
The Senate has approved mandating 35 hours of training for potential foster care parents, more than double what some are now required to have.
On Thursday, we heard from a single mom about her transition out of the foster care system. In the final part of KERA’s Remaking Foster Care, we’ll hear from another person who aged out of the system: a 24-year-old from East Dallas.
At a Fort Worth church, Greg Bunch addresses a group of mothers and fathers.
Forty-five thousand young Texans can’t safely live with their parents. A third of them are in state custody. They’re trying to navigate a foster care
Many foster children need highly specialized and individualized care. A study by the Children’s Trust Fund and Michigan State University found that 30 percent of abused children have some type of language or cognitive impairment, and 14 percent exhibit self-harm.
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.
“Today is the last day I will ever see my daughter again,” said Anastasia Hernandez through tears.
AMARILLO– 31,000 children are currently in foster care in Texas and with the growing need in Amarillo groups are trying to raise awareness to find more foster parents.