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.
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