Review of child deaths in Texas uncovers lapses, lies at Child Protective Services
Austin American-Statesman - February 8, 2014
Mistakes by Child Protective Services caseworkers over the past year contributed to the deaths of two children and the serious injury of another, while employees put numerous children at risk by failing to visit them and then lying about it, state records show.
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Legislative leaders put key children’s issues on interim agenda
Austin American-Statesman - February 10, 2014
The “interim charges” recently released
by House Speaker Joe Straus and
Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst suggest that
several key issues for Texas kids will be
high on the agenda — right where they
belong — when the Legislature meets
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Aide Estrella, Jorge Estrella, Sr., Allegedly Locked Boy In Closet, Starved Him
Huffington Post – February 10, 2014
A Texas couple faces multiple charges after a starving 9-year-old, allegedly imprisoned in his own home, escaped through a window and begged a neighbor for help. The Houston boy, who lived with his father, Jorge Estrella Sr., and stepmother, Aide Estrella, was found so malnourished that he faced a "substantial risk" of death, ABC13 reported.
San Antonio police investigating after 8-year-old suffers burn injury
KHOU – February 10, 2014
SAN ANTONIO -- A child injury investigation is underway Monday after an 8-year-old girl was hospitalized with burn wounds.
Police said the girl's mother discovered the injury after the child visited another family member. An investigation is unfolding to determine if the incident was criminal or an accident.
New CPS court aims to help kids in system the longest
Houston Chronicle – February 8, 2014
Kristopher Sharp spent nearly half his life in foster care, shuffled from home to home - 28 in all - before aging out of the system in Harris County at 18. In eight years in Child Protective Services, he recalls seeing a judge only twice: once on the way in, and once on the way out.
Op-Ed: Abused children need our help to thrive
San Antonio Express – February 7, 2014
The city of San Antonio should be commended for its proactive approach to investing nearly $70 million in education initiatives for our children. A city is only as strong and vibrant as the next generation of children who will lead and serve. However, a troubling statistic continues to loom over our city: child abuse, neglect and child sexual abuse are at an all-time high. Bexar County continues to have the most confirmed cases of abuse in Texas — in 2012 there were 6,205 confirmed child abuse cases and 19 of those children died at the hands of their abuser.