Texas Department of Family and Protective Services
Life Altered for One Texas Family Determined to Protect Transgender Child
In Texas, top politicians say gender-affirming care is abuse, compelling one therapist to protect her clients — and her family.
Texas Slow to Move Foster Children out of Hotels and Offices, Attorneys Say
Despite an ongoing crisis that has left hundreds of foster children living in hotel rooms and other unlicensed settings, Texas child welfare officials are not moving with enough urgency to find them safe homes, attorneys for the children say.
Outside Experts Give Texas Roadmap to Decrease Sky-high Rates of Foster Kids Sleeping in Offices, Hotels
An panel of child welfare experts made recommendations for keeping kids in the Texas foster care system safely housed, including supporting kin placements.
LGBTQ Foster Youth in Texas Suffer Years of Political Attacks and Scaled Back Protections
The political attacks on LGBTQ youth in the Texas foster care system began years ago and continue today, resulting in fewer protections and resources.
New Texas Law Curtails Power of Pediatricians Contracted by CPS
A new Texas law entitles parents under suspicion for physically harming their children to the right to a second medical opinion and in-person exams.
New Texas Law Makes it Harder to Remove Kids From Parental Home
Child protective services officials in Texas can no longer remove a child from their family because a parent tested positive for cannabis.
Texas Plan to Outsource Foster Placement Suffers Blow
A linchpin provider of Texas’ budding plan to privatize the placement of foster youth across the massive state has dealt a blow to the concept by unexpectedly walking away from its contract with the Department of Family and Protective Services.
Child Welfare Workers Scramble to Protect Foster Youth through Deadly Texas Winter Storm
Days into a historic pummeling from a massive winter storm, child welfare workers across Texas are scrambling to keep tens of thousands of foster youth in the state’s care safe from a storm that has already killed at least 10 people.
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.