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Texas Legislature 2023

Texas’ foster care system is plagued with problems. Here’s how lawmakers want to fix it.

Texas legislators are considering increasing the Department of Family and Protective Services’ budget, giving extended relatives more money to care for kids and notifying the subjects of child abuse investigations of their rights.

A sign for the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services and the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services building in Austin on Nov. 14, 2019.

Expanding community-based care

Changing how foster care providers are paid

Increasing payments to relatives who take in kids in state care

Requiring notification of rights in child abuse investigations

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