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Report: Texas CPS is Failing to Protect the State’s Most Vulnerable Children

Kristopher Sharp entered the foster care system in Texas when he was 10 years old. Until he aged out of the system at 18, he was placed in 20 different foster homes, mostly group homes. Along the way, he suffered abuse. He says face-to-face visits with Child Protective Services caseworkers were rare. We talk with […]

Kristopher Sharp entered the foster care system in Texas when he was 10 years old. Until he aged out of the system at 18, he was placed in 20 different foster homes, mostly group homes. Along the way, he suffered abuse. He says face-to-face visits with Child Protective Services caseworkers were rare.

We talk with Sharp, who advocates on behalf of foster kids in Texas, about his experience and about challenges facing CPS, which were highlighted in a recent series of investigative reports by The Austin American-Statesman.

Then, we talk with reporters from the American-Statesman about the paper’s investigation into abuse- and neglect-related deaths in the CPS system. (After spending the past six months analyzing nearly 800 reports, Statesman reporters found CPS missed some patterns and key pieces of information that might have helped protect some children). We learn what the newspaper uncovered in their investigation and what they hope the series will accomplish.

And we talk with Patrick Crimmins from the Texas Department of Family Protective Services about what steps are underway, and what may still be in store, for CPS, in its effort to more effectively address neglect and abuse cases across the state.

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