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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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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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Ted Cruz and the No Bid Contracts

Posted on · Houston Senator Ted Cruz officially announced he will be running for president in 2016 via his twitter account after midnight on Monday, March 23rd. That makes him the first of the potential candidates to do so. He reaffirmed his intent at a press conference at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia on Monday morning. We’ll discuss […]

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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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Child Protective Services and Texas Hill Country Wineries: Houston Matters for Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015

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. On this edition […]

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Adoption, Grandparents Raising Grandkids, and Dealing with Grief: Houston Matters for Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Posted on · According to the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, more than five thousand Texas children in their care were adopted last year. That’s a 6.5 percent increase in adoptions from the previous year. Still, in Greater Houston, more than 1,500 kids are waiting to be adopted. On this edition of Houston Matters, we examine […]