foster care

The Source - January 14, 2015
1:01 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

The Source: CPS Said To Have Underreported Hundreds Of Child Deaths

Credit State of Texas

A new investigative series by the Austin-American Statesman out this week said the state's agency charged with protecting vulnerable kids has been underreporting the number of abuse-related deaths, has failed to analyze its own numbers. The publication, in a scathing indictment of Child Protective Services, said and in many ways it had been operating with blinders on regarding child deaths. 

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The Source - September 11, 2014
11:39 am
Thu September 11, 2014

The Source: How To Get Foster Youth Through College

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Nationwide, while 70% of foster youth say they want to go to college only 3% ever graduate from a post-secondary school.  

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Higher Education
4:09 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

State Lawmakers Look To Get Foster Kids Better Support For Higher Education

Credit Ryan Poppe / TPR News

State lawmakers are looking at possible legislation in 2015 that would increase the number of foster care youth enrolled in college using a free tuition waiver. 

In 2013, high school graduation rates for foster care children were less than 65% and many of them age-out of the college tuition waiver provided by the state of Texas.

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The Source - August 6, 2014
6:23 pm
Wed August 6, 2014

The Source: State Contractor Pulls Out Of Foster Care Pilot

Credit State of Texas

Last week Providence Service Corporation of Texas pulled out of a 5 year contract with the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services after only 18 months. The contractor was part of a reform effort to consolidate kids under one service provider in a geographic area. Providence, which was covering areas of west Texas including Odessa and Wichita Falls, had recently been criticized for running millions over budget.

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Texas Foster Care
11:01 am
Tue July 8, 2014

Following Deaths Of Two Foster Kids, State Stops Child Placements With Contractor

The Department of Family and Protective Services has put a temporary hold on foster care placements with a private contractor following the drowning deaths of two children placed in a home by the company.  

Child advocacy groups are demanding reforms, pointing to the record number of children dying in the Texas foster care system over the last year.

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Texas Matters
3:20 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

Children Fleeing Violence In Central America Land In Texas

The UN High Commissioner for Refugees report Children On The Run is available at: www.unhcrwashington.org/children
Credit UNHCR Washington

Texas Matters: The Texas-Mexico border is seeing a human wave of children from Central America, but what can be done about it? Texas moves to privatize a big part of the foster care program, but will it make the troubled system any safer for the children? Also on this show: Is Texas ready for online voter registration?

Unaccompanied (immigrant) minors

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Arts & Culture
4:15 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

Theatre For Change Tells Real Stories From The Texas Foster System

Shannon Ivey.
Sandra Trevino

They’re a local theater group with a very different objective. It's called Theatre for Change, and I talked to the group’s founder, Shannon Ivey.

"Theatre for Change is a nonprofit that turns statistics into stories," she said.

I had Ivey explain exactly what that meant.

“One in 82 children are victims of child abuse, and we turn that one into a narrative,” she said.

Ivey said we’re overwhelmed by statistics in our news feeds and Facebook to the point that we become inured to the people behind those statistics.

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Child Health Services
3:40 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

Texas Lawmakers Looking At Fixes For Foster Care System, Case Tracking

State of Texas

Members of the Texas Senate Committee on Health and Human Services are aiming to improve the state’s foster care system -- this week’s discussion comes on the heels of a report that startled lawmakers.

In last three years, according to a report, the state investigated 804 child fatalities -- ten of which involved children in foster care and 23 percent of which were open cases that had some type of abuse reported.

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Texas Foster Care
12:38 pm
Wed November 27, 2013

Lawmakers Taking Another Look At Foster Care Following Budget Cuts And Deaths

TPR News

The deaths of eight foster kids over the past year have sparked concerns and lawmakers are now being asked to review the Texas foster care system. Some child advocates say the blame lies with the legislature and Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst has asked lawmakers to take another look at the issue.

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Texas Foster Care
10:27 am
Tue September 24, 2013

New Law Keeps Parents From Overmedicating Foster Children

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According to Texas Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), foster parents in Texas are 53 times more likely to overmedicate children in their care than parents with non-foster children, but a law passed during the last legislative session will stop the practice.

The law regulates how many psychotropic drugs children in foster care can be given in an attempt to make a difference on the high number of children given five or more medications at one time.

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