A girl walks in a dark hotel hallway.

News

Texas will investigate whether foster care officials reap travel rewards from vulnerable youth

Posted on · At least 800 youth this year have spent at least one night in a hotel room, classified as a child without placement. The state now says it will investigate allegations that staff were reaping rewards from the hotels those youth were staying in.

Turnover at the Texas Department of Family and Protective services has soared. Employees cite low pay and heavy caseloads as some of the reasons staffers are leaving.

News

One-third of Texas foster care caseworkers left their jobs last year as the agency continued putting kids in hotels

Posted on · The Department of Family and Protective Services has increasingly relied on housing foster kids in hotels when it can’t find them a home. In the 2022 fiscal year, after record staff turnover, more than 1 in 4 caseworkers had less than one year of experience.

LGBTQ advocates including HRC president Alfonso David and representatives from Equality Texas, the Transgender Education Network of Texas (TENT), Texas Freedom Network, ACLU of Texas, Lambda Legal, medical and health care professionals, and parents of transgender children rally at the Texas State Capitol on Tuesday, May 4, 2021 in Austin to stop proposed medical care ban legislation that would criminalize gender-affirming care. (Erich Schlegel/AP Images for Human Rights Campaign)

Health & Science

As Texas moves to treat gender-affirming care for trans kids as ‘child abuse,’ families and advocates worry about the future

Posted on · Families of transgender kids and LGBTQ advocates have raised concerns about the well-being of children after Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton and Gov. Greg Abbott's decision to treat gender-affirming care as child abuse.

Court monitors filed a report detailing disturbing conditions that children in state custody endured this year after being placed in unlicensed facilities.

Politics

Texas Foster Care Children Exposed To Sexual Abuse, Given Wrong Medication And Neglected In Unlicensed Placements, New Report Says

Posted on · The federal judge overseeing the decadelong lawsuit against Texas for conditions in its foster care system cut this week’s hearing short. She proposed all parties involved, including the governor, “cut to the chase” to identify solutions.

Nannies are an unregulated industry in Texas, and most of the country.

Houston Matters

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 […]

Houston Matters

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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