Tribpedia: Child Protective Services

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Texas Child Protective Services (CPS) investigates reports of abuse and neglect of children and steps in to remove kids from dangerous homes. The agency provides services to children and families in their homes, places kids in foster care and provides services to help kids in foster care transition into adulthood.

In Fiscal Year 2008, CPS opened about 165,000 abuse ...

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Woman Executed for Boy's 2004 Starvation Death

In 2004, Davontae Marcel Williams, on the left, was found starved to death. Lisa Ann Coleman, on the right, is scheduled to be executed Wednesday night for her role in the boy's death. If carried out, she would be the sixth woman to be executed in Texas since 1982.
In 2004, Davontae Marcel Williams, on the left, was found starved to death. Lisa Ann Coleman, on the right, is scheduled to be executed Wednesday night for her role in the boy's death. If carried out, she would be the sixth woman to be executed in Texas since 1982.

UPDATED: Lisa Ann Coleman, 38, was executed Wednesday for the starvation death of her girlfriend’s son, Davontae Marcel Williams, 9. Coleman is the the sixth woman to be executed in the state since 1982.

Foster care alumni discuss their experiences at the Education Reach for Texans conference.
Foster care alumni discuss their experiences at the Education Reach for Texans conference.

Few Foster Care Alumni Receive Higher Ed Benefits

Though the state offers free tuition and fees for certain former foster youth who enroll at public colleges and universities, relatively few take advantage of the opportunity. The issue has received increased attention in state government, and lawmakers have been encouraged to examine ways to get more foster youths into higher education.

El Paso Struggles With Lack of English-Speaking Foster Homes

On the heels of an expansion of Fort Bliss in recent years, El Paso is seeing an increase in the number of children who can't be placed in foster homes because there aren't enough English-speaking homes available. It's a unique problem that stems from the demographic disparity between the population in the city and on the base.

John Specia (left), the commissioner of the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, and Health and Human Services Executive Commissioner Kyle Janek testify Feb. 20, 2014, at a Senate Health and Human Services Committee hearing.
John Specia (left), the commissioner of the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, and Health and Human Services Executive Commissioner Kyle Janek testify Feb. 20, 2014, at a Senate Health and Human Services Committee hearing.

Data Effort Aims to Help Reduce Child Deaths

The Department of Family and Protective Services has ramped up its efforts to conduct predictive data analysis and reduce the high turnover of CPS caseworkers, the agency’s commissioner told a panel of senators on Thursday.

U.S. Rep. Ted Poe, R-Beaumont, testified at a 2013 hearing in Washington, D.C., on failures in foster care that can lead to sex trafficking.
U.S. Rep. Ted Poe, R-Beaumont, testified at a 2013 hearing in Washington, D.C., on failures in foster care that can lead to sex trafficking.

Congressional Hearing Targets Failures in Foster Care

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Failures in the foster care system put children in Texas and across the nation at greater risk of falling into the sex trade, activists and lawmakers asserted Wednesday on Capitol Hill.

Senate Committee Tackles Rural Child Welfare

Child Protective Services officials got an earful on Wednesday at a Senate hearing on improving the caseworker retention and turnover rates in rural communities. And they got a minor scolding from Sen. Robert Nichols, R-Jacksonville, who assumed they would come armed with more data and possible solutions than they did. 

The Emergency Shelter for Teen Mothers and Young Children-one of several protective care units at the Austin Children's Shelter, Thursday, November 17, 2011.
The Emergency Shelter for Teen Mothers and Young Children-one of several protective care units at the Austin Children's Shelter, Thursday, November 17, 2011.

Abuse Reports in Texas Increase as Economy Falters

More children than ever are living in poverty in Texas, and experts speculate that the seemingly unending recession is a key factor in the increase in reports of child abuse and neglect statewide. The number of reported cases of abuse has grown 6 percent in Texas since 2008, and service providers are struggling to keep up with the need for help.

Parents Melissa and Gary Gates with seven of their 13 children on the Gates' 150-acre property in Richmond, Texas. From left to right: Melissa, Marcus, 15; Gary; Cassie, 18; Sarah, 28; Cynthia, 20; Andy, 18; Raquel, 20; and Lexi, 16.
Parents Melissa and Gary Gates with seven of their 13 children on the Gates' 150-acre property in Richmond, Texas. From left to right: Melissa, Marcus, 15; Gary; Cassie, 18; Sarah, 28; Cynthia, 20; Andy, 18; Raquel, 20; and Lexi, 16.

Accused in Texas Face Long Wait to Fight Abuse Label

More than 2,000 people listed in a statewide database of people who mistreat children are caught in a backlog of cases waiting for appeals. The accused say they're effectively blacklisted, their lives put on hold. State officials say the backlog is a safety issue that could potentially endanger children.

James and his adoptive son wait to board the DART train in Dallas on January 30, 2011. The son, who is 15, is on a state registry of people who abuse children.
James and his adoptive son wait to board the DART train in Dallas on January 30, 2011. The son, who is 15, is on a state registry of people who abuse children.

Texas Keeps Registry of Kids Who Abuse Kids

“Dear future son,” the North Texas father wrote in a prospective adoption letter filled with promises of family bike rides and summer road trips. “I am a single dad who adopted a middle school boy in 2008. Now we are looking for one more kid so he will have a brother.” But the father never got custody of a second child. Instead, he received a phone call from a child placement agency with shocking news: He couldn't adopt again because his son, who was sexually abused and beaten by his biological parents, is on a state registry of people who abuse children.

Looming Budget Cuts Worrying Children's Advocates

The budget draft filed last week provided the first glimpse at the kind of deep cuts that state agencies could see in the next biennium. As Matt Largey of KUT News reports, advocates are particularly worried about what the final budget could hold for the agency that protects children from abuse and neglect.

The Dystar Residential Inc. campus, in Manvel, photographed on Friday, June 4, 2010.
The Dystar Residential Inc. campus, in Manvel, photographed on Friday, June 4, 2010.

After Death Ruled Homicide, State Shuts Facility

The state has shut down Daystar Residential Inc. in Manvel, the facility where The Texas Tribune and the Houston Chronicle revealed that staff had forced young girls with disabilities to fight each other.

After Monitor Departs, A Teenager Is Killed

The same Houston-area residential treatment center where staffers forced disabled girls to fight each other — prompting child welfare officials to halt admissions and hire a safety monitor — is now under fire for the asphyxiation of a 16-year-old boy who died Friday after a restraint was applied by a staffer in a closet.