Hurricane Harvey

Harvey Forced The Relocation Of 1,200 Texas Foster Children

The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services says 1,200 foster children were safely relocated as a result of Hurricane Harvey.

The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services says 1,200 foster children were safely relocated as a result of Hurricane Harvey.

Spokesperson Patrick Crimmins says they began to prepare as soon as they knew the storm was coming, noting that residential treatment centers that provide in-house counseling and mental health services for foster children were located in the Corpus Christi, South Texas and Houston areas.

Crimmins explains that all of those facilities are required to have an emergency disaster plan that outlines what they would do if they needed to evacuate their sites for several days. About 24 facilities actually did have to evacuate.

Most providers relocated the kids to other facilities they have in the state.

“Some of them went to churches … as part of their disaster plan,” Crimmins says. “We had one residential facility that had to go to a Motel 6. And then one … they were apparently not able to go to their backup facility, so they actually went home with some of the facility staff members.” In that case, there were apparently a couple of large houses where the children could stay.

He adds that it’s not clear yet when the foster kids will be able to return to the residential facilities.

 

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