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Houston Group Says Upcoming Outsourcing Of Foster Care In Texas Needs More Funding

Children at Risk has researched the topic and says Kansas could be used as a reference.

Robert Sanborn, president and CEO of Children at Risk, says Texas could use the state of Kansas as a reference to determine the appropriate funding of the new community based foster care system.
Robert Sanborn, president and CEO of Children at Risk (center), says Texas could use the state of Kansas as a reference to determine the appropriate funding of the new community based foster care system.

Texas continues to tackle problems in its foster care system and a Houston-based group says money is a big part of the solution.

The Texas Legislature approved this year two bills to transition foster care services, which manage an average of 28,000 children per year, towards a community based system.

That means the Texas Department of Family Protective Services will sequentially delegate caseloads to county agencies and local non-profits.

However, the funding, roughly 40 million dollars for the next two years, isn’t enough according to the group Children at Risk.

Robert Sanborn, president and CEO of the organization, says the state of Kansas could be used as a reference.

“They did anywhere between fifty and a hundred million for a quarter of the same number of kids, so we’re probably going to have to up that number significantly,” Sanborn told Houston Public Media.

Some of the advantages of a community based system are that foster children stay longer at the homes where they are initially sent and they can live closer to where their families are.

According to research conducted by Children at Risks, foster children in Texas have a higher risk of being victims of human trafficking.

They are also less likely to graduate from college and more prone to end up homeless as they age out of the system.

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