April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, a time to recognize that we all can play an important role in making meaningful connections with children and families in our communities.
Video of what appears to be a Hunt County Sheriff’s Deputy punching a pregnant woman has garnered some attention since it was posted over the weekend.
In 2014, Jimesha turned 18 and was struggling with anxiety. After eight tough years and seven placements in Texas’ foster care system, she was “aging out,” and her future was uncertain.
The bill filed by Texas State Representative Sylvester Turner (D-Houston) relating to the expansion of notification requirements relating to the deaths of children who are under the supervision of the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) moved one step closer to a vote on the House floor this week. The bill, (HB 1309), was sent to the Local and Consent Calendar on April 1.
Texas Child Protective Services has been in the news lately for failing to protect children in the state’s care. Many are just now learning about this tragic situation, but if we only focus on this issue when it is highly visible in the newspaper or on the morning news, it can be easy to miss the bigger picture.
Graphic pictures show black and blue bruises that covered Justin Cook’s body.The 14-year-old teenager says he received those bruises at the hands of an 18-year-old who beat him, choked him and sexually assaulted him.
AUSTIN (KXAN) – Weeks before a new internal audit of the state’s child protection agency is due to be complete, a report from Texas State Auditor’s Office into the 21CT scandal reveals the Department of Family Protective Services paid nearly $500,000 for a pilot project to develop an analytic tool to guide child safety decisions.
BLOOMINGTON – The Carters have taken in 20 children within the past two years as a foster family.Outside their modest home is a 15-passenger van, which helps when the family goes on trips to amusement parks and family dinner outings.The couple has been married for 10 years and would foster more children if they had the space.
April is Child Abuse Awareness and Prevention Month, and the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services reports that Child Protective Services investigated more than 168,164 allegations of child abuse or neglect in Texas last year.
It’s early in his tenure, but Gov. Greg Abbott is setting the right tone with Child Protective Services. It’s one that balances accountability with a call for better investment in the agency.