Home | Menu | Sign Up | Donate
Contact Us:EmailConnect With Us:FacebookTwitterYouTubeInstagramRSS

Statement on Foster Care Special Masters report

November 4, 2016
Contact: Lee Nichols
512-796-9877 or Lee@texprotects.org

Dallas, Texas — Statement from Madeline McClure, founding CEO of TexProtects, the Texas Association for the Protection of Children, on today’s release of the special masters’ report as commissioned by federal Judge Janice Jack in the case of M.D. v. Abbott, et al.

“The special masters recommendations are well considered, albeit not new. It included recommendations researched, documented and called for by the child advocacy community for years, in some instances over a decade: reduced caseloads to 14 cases per ‘conservatorship’ workers, improved data collection’ tracking of child-on-child abuse, attorneys ad litem and a Court Appointed Special Advocate for every child in permanent managing conservatorship, better compensation for DFPS workers and a reduction of group home placements. In fact, the medical homes and medical passport for every child is in Texas statute from 2005 landmark CPS Reform Bill SB 6 by Sen. Jane Nelson.

“We again encourage the state of Texas to drop its appeal of this lawsuit. We now have an additional roadmap supplementing our long-standing recommendations to fixing foster care, and these changes will have to implemented, regardless of whether it’s under state or federal authority – so let’s do it immediately. Texas children cannot wait for court decisions to play out, they need life-saving changes now.”


TexProtects, The Texas Association for the Protection of Children, was created to tackle issues of Child Protective Services (CPS) reform, prevention and public awareness to bring a collective, organized voice representing the needs of children at risk of abuse and survivors of child abuse and neglect. The organization is autonomous, nonpartisan and nonpolitical, designed to educate decision makers, private funders and the public at large. To date, it is the only Texas organization that has a dedicated focus on the main issues of protection, prevention, and healing of abused and neglected children. For more information, please visit www.TexProtects.org.

Posted on November 4, 2016.

Our Mission

Our mission is to reduce and prevent child abuse and neglect through research, advocacy and education. We effect change by organizing and educating our members to advocate for increased investments in evidence-based child abuse prevention programs, CPS reforms, and treatment programs to heal abuse victims. Learn more about the work we do. You can help protect Texas children from abuse & neglect. Find out how you can help.

Learn more about our affiliation!

About Us

Mission and Work

Prevent Child Abuse Texas

Our Board

Our Staff

Our Supporters

In the News

Financials and Reports

Contact Us


2017 Legislative Agenda

2017 Bill Tracker

Home Visiting Campaign

Past Accomplishments

Legislative Resource Center


ZipRisk Map

Data Dashboard


Child Abuse Facts

Trusted Resources


Prevent Child Abuse Texas


Dallas HOPES

Get Involved

Make a Donation

Attend an Event

Take Legislative Action

Jobs and Volunteer