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Distraught over orders to investigate trans kids’ families, Texas child welfare workers are resigning

Other investigators don’t want to follow an order they believe harms families but worry about the impact of a mass employee exodus on the state’s most vulnerable children.

Randa Mulanax and Morgan Davis both decided to leave the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services. "Things are just not getting better," Mulanax said.

"I morally realized that I couldn't do it - that my being present was more of a hindrance than it was a help.  And so it was almost validating that this was okay," Davis said.

"Now we're basically saying any parents that were supportive of these children is abusive, when a lot of those kids that are in care, that's all they wanted. That's all they needed," Mulanax said.

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Morgan Davis gave notice of his resignation on April 4, 2022, at the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services. "If this is the hill I go out on, I'm proud to do it," Davis said.

A “heartbreaking” investigation

Inside the agency

Randa Mulanax decided to leave the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services. "I knew that saying something internally wasn't going to do anything." Mulanax said.

Resignations and resistance

“I understood that things were going to get worse with me leaving. I’m leaving cases behind that have been reassigned two or three times and bounced around from supervisor to supervisor. But do I trade in my ethics and my morality?”

— DFPS supervisor Randa Mulanax
A former DFPS employee's badge on April 6, 2022.

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