April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month | HHS Blog
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 Appears To Show Hunt Co. Deputy Punching Pregnant Woman « CBS Dallas / Fort Worth
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.
Senske: Raising standards, raising Texas’ children
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.
Texas Bill to Expand Notification of Death of Child Under State Supervision Moves Forward
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.
Breaking the cycle of child abuse
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.
Foster care child abuse case headed to grand jury
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.
Audit: DFPS paid $450K for canceled child safety research tool | KXAN.com
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.
Agency works to fill need for foster families
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.
Sad stats: Child abuse and neglect
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.
Abbott sets right tone on foster care – San Antonio Express-News
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.