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Study: Children with Certain Birth Defects Face Increased Risk of Abuse

Posted on · According to a new study from UTHealth, children with certain birth defects are also at an increased risk for abuse. According to researchers, children born with a cleft lip or palate, and children born with spina bifida are at an increased risk of abuse before they turn 2-years-old. To learn more, Maggie Martin talks with Dr. […]

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Open Carry in Effect and Attracting Millennials: Monday’s Show (January 4, 2016)

Posted on · Open carry is now officially legal in Texas. The new law, which took effect Jan. 1, allows licensed Texans to openly carry handguns in a shoulder or hip holster. But, there are some limitations concerning where open carry is allowed — as well as some concerns about how it’ll play out. On today’s Houston Matters, we discuss […]

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Foster Care Numbers are Dropping in Harris County — Is That Good or Bad News?

Posted on · While the number of children in foster care has increased nationwide in the last five years — and the population of Harris County has increased since 2010 — the number of kids in foster care in the county over that time has dropped annually, based on the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Kids Count data and numbers from […]

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State Agencies Release Joint Report on Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities

Posted on · Two state agencies have collaborated together to create a report examining child abuse and neglect fatalities in Texas. Researchers with the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services used public health information from the Department of State Health Services to examine nearly 700 cases in which a child died from abuse or neglect from 2010 […]

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Child Fatality Report and Competitive Cooking: Wednesday’s Show (March 25, 2015)

Posted on · Two state agencies have collaborated to create a report examining child abuse and neglect fatalities in Texas. Researchers with the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services used public health information from the Department of State Health Services to examine nearly 700 cases in which a child died from abuse or neglect from 2010 to […]

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Child Advocate Program Seeks More African Americans

Posted on · Casa, the Spanish name for house, also is the name of a program that connects volunteer advocates with children in the foster care system. In the state of Texas and the Greater Houston area, there's a tremendous need for more African American CASA's, and the people who run the program are asking community members to step up.

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Protecting Children From Predators

Posted on · It is another year and another major effort to keep children safe from dangerous predators. Houston Police and the Harris County Sheriff's Department helped Crime Stoppers launch the 6th Annual "Safe Child Initiative."