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Roxanna Asgarian

Roxanna Asgarian is a freelance journalist based in Houston, Texas.

9/22/2020

Texas Prepares for $26 Million Hit on Residential Foster Care

Despite being mired in a federal lawsuit largely focused on children in group placements, the state’s child welfare agency seems likely to give up federal funds rather than meet new requirements for residential foster care. 

9/9/2020

Hundreds of Texas Residential Care Facilities Have Been Exposed to COVID-19

The spread of COVID-19 among children in Texas’ long-term foster care system has been rampant, particularly in residential care facilities, and the pandemic has left more than five dozen kids without a bed to sleep in, a new report filed in federal court shows. 

9/4/2020

Judge Holds Texas Child Welfare in Contempt … Again

Calling the lack of compliance “stunning,” U.S. District Judge Janis Jack again held Texas in contempt of court Friday for failing to comply with court-ordered reforms of the state’s foster care system.

6/21/2020

Drug Testing the Whole Family

In the final hour of a daylong Health and Human Services committee meeting for the Texas House of Representatives last November, Sammi Jo Magee took the microphone. Magee, the chief prosecutor in the Child Protective Services division for Taylor County, Texas, which includes Abilene, had been summoned to explain why Taylor and surrounding counties were taking more kids into foster care than any other region in the state.

6/16/2020

Texas Failing To Keep Youth in Foster Care Safe

In December 2015, a federal judge ruled that Texas was violating the rights of children in long-term care of the state by subjecting them to abuse, overmedication and repeated placement moves.

12/18/2019

Texas Projects a Severe Shortage of Foster Homes for High-Needs Kids

Buried within a wonky “needs assessment” report recently released by the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) is a finding that should raise alarm bells around the state. And perhaps around the country.

10/31/2019

In Texas, Trepidation as Child Welfare Privatization Moves Forward

In December 2015, a federal judge issued a scathing ruling against Texas’s child welfare system, saying “foster children often age out of care more damaged than when they entered” and ordered a laundry list of fixes the state needed to implement.

9/18/2019

Texas Task Force Looks at Youth Involved in Child Welfare, Juvenile Justice Systems

Lisa Jarrett presides over what’s known as the crossover docket in Bexar County, Texas, where she handles cases involving youth known to both the child welfare and juvenile justice systems. Jarrett says that bundling all the cases of a dual-status youth reduces replication of services and helps the child understand what they need to do to comply with the court — after all, with two separate cases come separate judges, court dates and orders.