If you follow child welfare news at all, you know Texas has been overhauling and prioritizing changes to their foster care system. As the Texas Legislature grapples with how to fund child welfare, they are considering statewide performance-based contracting for the child welfare provider network, which serves the majority of children placed in Texas foster care. Two new bills will include provisions to strengthen the Texas child welfare system, as well as focus on trauma-informed care and policy.
With the state’s leadership in agreement that Texas’ children in foster care are a top priority this legislative session, the Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) and community organizations that meet the needs of these children have recently received both praise and criticism from all directions.
It’s easy to get lost in finger-pointing and rhetoric. Especially during the legislative session, when important issues are competing for time and space on the legislative calendar and there are only a few weeks left to “get it right,” as Senate Finance Chair Jane Nelson underscored early in the session.
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