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What’s Next for the State’s Foster Care System?

Posted on · In March, the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals denied an attempt by the State of Texas to pause a revamp of its foster care system. The court appointed two Special Masters to oversee the system revamp. Francis McGovern and Kevin Ryan began their appointed positions in April. Then, earlier this  month, the Special Masters […]

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Revamping Foster Care and Building Better Suburbs: Wednesday’s Show (November 30, 2016)

Posted on · In March, the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals denied an attempt by the State of Texas to pause a revamp of its foster care system. The court appointed two Special Masters to oversee the system revamp. Francis McGovern and Kevin Ryan began their appointed positions in April. Then, earlier this  month, the Special Masters […]

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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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Foster Care and Test Scores: Monday’s Show (November 9, 2015)

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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How Communities of Faith Can Help Victims of Domestic Violence

Posted on · On Wednesday, Houston’s Depelchin Children’s Center will be the site of Partnering in Faith: A Multi-Faith Summit on Domestic Violence. Organizers say many Houstonians turn to religious leaders for support and guidance amid incidents of domestic violence. We discuss why, and what support faith leaders can offer. We talk with Sherri Kendall, the CEO of Aid to Victims […]

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What Leads Adopted Kids to Seek Out Their Birth Parents?

Posted on · According to the State Department of Family and Protective Services, more than 1,300 children in Harris County were waiting to be adopted last year. Many such children will likely come to a point in their lives when they consider searching for their birth parents. Some adoptees simply want to learn more about their medical history; others are simply […]