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Community-Based Care Is A New Approach To Placing Foster Children In Texas

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Monday at noon on "The Source" — The Texas legislature's order to redesign the state's foster care system has led to a new model for managing cases.  

The "community-based care" approach allows for public private partnerships, contracting local organizations to find living arrangements, provide services and monitor the status of children who were removed from their home because of abuse or neglect.   

This month, the Family Tapestry division of The Children's Shelter opened a first-of-its-kind placement center and will begin the first phase of assuming responsibilities from the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services. 

As one of three cities in the state currently implementing community-based care, what are the challenges and opportunities for San Antonio?

How will the current Texas legislature address the need for additional funding and support? Are these new measures enough to fix years of issues within the foster care system? 


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This interview aired on Monday, February 4, 2019.

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Jan Ross Piedad Sakian is TPR’s News Operations Producer. In this role, she develops strategy on collaborative and digital initiatives for the station. Since 2016, Jan Ross has served in a coordinating capacity for TPR’s state and national partners, including The Texas Newsroom.