Statement on Foster Care Special Masters report
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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.