Foster Kids Struggle To Claim Belongings From CPS

Crystal Martinez’s possessions are more precious than the average teenager’s. The 18-year-old, who as a child was abused and neglected by her biological family, has not had a permanent home since entering foster care at 7.

When she was sent to a San Antonio residential treatment center in July 2009, she had to leave almost everything she owned — books, stuffed animals and mementos jammed into boxes and shopping bags — with Child Protective Services.

But when she went to claim them six months later, Martinez made a heartbreaking discovery: Most of what she had stored was gone.

Despite her ...

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