Did The 85th Legislative Session Fix Child Protective Services?
Children sleeping in state offices, overworked caseworkers, and missed check-ins with potentially endangered children were just a few of the problems Child Protective Services faced last year. State leaders called it a scandal. A judge said something needed to be done.
Child protection and the foster care system were deemed a priority for Texas leadership and lawmakers in the 85th Legislative Session. Fixing Child Protective Services was one of Governor Abbott's designated "emergency items."
How did the Texas Legislature respond to the crisis? What bills became law? Will it be enough to fix Texas' broken child welfare and foster care systems?
- Annette Rodriguez, president/CEO of The Children's Shelter
- Katie Olse, executive director for the Texas Alliance of Child and Family Services
- Dimple Patel, senior policy analyst for TexProtects
- State Representative Ina Minjarez - District 124
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