Lawsuit Threatens to Impact Texas CPS's Reform Efforts

On paper, Texas Child Protective Services, one of the nation’s largest child abuse investigative and foster care teams, is a formidable agency, equipped with a two-year $2.5 billion budget and about 8,000 employees.

But like most child welfare agencies in other states, it has had its share of adversity. After a series of horrific child abuse cases on the agency’s watch, CPS underwent a decade of reorganization, pilot programs and internal audits, as well as admonishments endured by agency officials trotted before the Texas Legislature. Officials say agency reforms have made clear improvements.

“There are problems ...

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