Child Welfare

 

Problems:

coming soon…

 

Solutions:

  • Close corporate loopholes in the state sales tax
  • Pay caseworkers more reducing turnover after 6 months
  • Reallocate some of the $800 million wasted on border security
  • Maintain up-to-date policies and funding for foster care for youth beyond the age of 18 (similar to 18 states)
  • Explore the possibility of monthly visits for at least 80% of foster youth (similar to 12 states)
  • Explore the possibility of a 24-hour rapid response to investigate claims of abuse or neglect (similar to 11 states)
  • Raise the gas tax to allocate proper funding for child welfare services
  • Explore the possibility of creating a state job creation tax credit that includes former foster youth

 

Texas Constitution
Code – Family Code
Chapter – 261 Investigation of of Report of Child Abuse or Neglect

 

NCSL – Child Welfare

NCSL – Extending Foster Care Beyond 18

Texas Observer – Austin Can Find the Money To Fix Child Protective Services, If It Wants To

My Statesman – Despite reforms, Texas child abuse deaths rise, investigations lagging

Statesman – Turnover among caseworkers a product of low salaries, high stress; agency hopes latest overhaul will change culture

Dallas Morning News – New chief roils Texas Child Protective Services by making regional directors reapply for jobs

Dallas Morning News – So many Dallas CPS investigators have quit, state has to bring in backups from other areas

Houston Press – Is the New Head of Texas’s Broken Foster Care System Really Interested in Reform?

Houston Press – Foster Care, Dead Children and Greg Abbott’s Cognitive Dissonance

Houston Press – There’s Little Outrage for 12,000 Kids Suffering in the Texas Foster Care System

Texas Tribune – Texas Fights Back Against Judge’s Foster Care Reforms

Texas Tribune – Texas Caseworkers Call For Foster Care Reforms

Huffington Post – The Truth About Foster Parents and Foster Children

LA Times – Reform the private foster care system, right now

Pew – Commission on Children in Foster Care

Perryman Group – An Assessment of the Economic Implications of Redesigning the Foster Care System in Selected Counties and the State of Texas

Texas Standard – Foster Care Overhaul Would More Than Triple the State’s Returns

The Atlantic – The State Budget Cuts Trapping Poor Parents