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New Counselors Aim to Help Foster Care Children Make the Transition to College

Posted on · During the last legislative session, lawmakers passed a bill to encourage each college and university in the state to have a Foster Care Liaison Officer. The idea is to create a smoother transition to higher education for foster care students who age out of the system. Alvin Community College recently appointed their first Foster Care […]

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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 […]

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

Posted on · 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 […]

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Should Taxpayers Support Childcare Costs for Grandparents or Other Relatives Raising a Child?

Posted on · About a quarter of a million Texas kids live with some family member, or close friend, other than their parents. This keeps them out of foster care, but can put a financial strain on their caregivers, for which there's little public financial support. Should there be? A senior policy analyst with the progressive think tank, […]

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Houston Matters for Friday, Sept. 20, 2013

Posted on · According to the Children’s Bureau of the Department of Health and Human Services, in its most recent report to Congress, on the last day of 2011, nationwide, an estimated 407,000 children were in foster care. That represented a four-year low. And yet, for the first time in four years, more children entered foster care over […]