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Time Running Out for Texas to Join Foster Care Reform

The Family First Prevention Services Act is a bold new way to tackle the problem of children who need to be removed from harmful environments or who are at risk of being removed. For the first time ever, federal funds are being used to prevent people from winding up in foster care.

“This is something Texas desperately needs,” Sophie Phillips, CEO of TexProtects, told Reform Austin. “CPS has been designed to respond to families with child abuse cases. However, a large component of [families] have substance use or mental health issues. TexProtect has done some analysis of vulnerable families with children under the age of five, and we believe at least 425,000 families will benefit from these services. There is, however, a dearth of services, particularly in rural areas. One of the strategies that we need to look at is targeting these families.”

Read the rest of the article by Reform Austin.

Posted on December 13, 2019.