The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services has suspended all new placements of foster children at the Daystar Residential Treatment Center outside of Houston, following a Texas Tribune/Houston Chronicle investigation that revealed workers forced young girls to fight each other in return for snacks.
In a letter sent to the facility's executive director on Friday, the agency said it was placing "service monitors" at the facility as soon as possible to "ensure the health, safety and welfare of children placed in Daystar Residential."
"This suspension is based on the serious concerns of DFPS after considering recent Residential Child Care Licensing investigations and for the safety and well-being of children placed with Daystar Residential," the letter notes.
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