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TexProtects statement on new DFPS and CPS leadership

April 11, 2015
Contact: Lee Nichols, 512-796-9877 or [email protected]

Dallas and Austin, Texas — Earlier today, Texas Health and Human Services Executive Commissioner Chris Traylor announced the selection of retired Texas Rangers Chief Henry “Hank” Whitman to become the next Commissioner of the Department of Family and Protective Services, as well as the selection of Kristene Blackstone to be Assistant Commissioner for Child Protective Services.

Madeline McClure, the Founding CEO of the nonprofit TexProtects, the Texas Association for the Protection of Children, issued the following statement in response to the appointments:

“We look forward to continuing our research and advocacy work with the new DFPS Commissioner and Assistant CPS Commissioner. While we have not had the opportunity to meet Chief Whitman and Ms. Blackstone, we hope that both of them share TexProtects’ conviction that the best solution to the problems plaguing DFPS is investment in scaling up proven, evidence-based prevention programs. While ramping up those efforts, the agency must simultaneously improve the use of data in capturing critical information as to where and how to target scarce CPS resources in places that are at highest risk with the least resources.”

More information may be found from the Dallas Morning News by clicking here.

Posted on April 11, 2016.

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