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Foster Care in Texas

Texas’ child welfare agency ordered to investigate trans kids’ families has been in crisis for years

The Department of Family and Protective Services has been under federal court monitoring for over a decade for violating the civil rights of kids in foster care. Now, the short-staffed agency has to investigate parents who provide their children with gender-affirming care.

The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services offices in Austin on Nov. 14, 2019.

LGBTQ children in a troubled agency

“LGBTQ+ youth in foster care tend to experience more bullying, more physical violence, more sexual violence. We’re not doing these kids any favors by bringing them into a system where they might continue to experience trauma.”

— Kate Murphy, Texans Care for Children

Lasting consequences of a child welfare investigation 

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