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Foster Care in Texas

How a 12-year-old federal lawsuit turned a judge into Texas’ foster care czar

As Judge Janis Jack continues to threaten contempt-of-court fines in a federal lawsuit against the state’s foster care system, advocates say the case has moved the needle on reform — but it has come with a hefty price tag.

U.S. District Judge Janis Jack administers the U.S. oath of citizenship to more than 100 area residents representing 25 countries in 2008 aboard the USS Lexington. Jack was the first woman federal judge to serve in Texas south of San Antonio. July 5, 2008.

State resistance

Reform in court and at the Legislature

“Six people with clipboards”

No exit strategy in sight

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