Texas Department of Family and Protective Services http://kut.org en Commission Hears Input on Fixing Major Flaws of Texas Agencies http://kut.org/post/commission-hears-input-fixing-major-flaws-texas-agencies <p>The second day of the Sunset Advisory Commission’s <a href="https://www.sunset.texas.gov/meetings" target="_blank">public meetings</a> at the Capitol is underway.</p><p>Today, the public can comment on recommendations made in recent commission staff reports on how to fix major flaws at state agencies, including the<a href="http://www.dfps.state.tx.us/" target="_blank"> Department of Family Protective Services</a>. A June report [<a href="https://www.sunset.texas.gov/public/uploads/files/reports/DFPS%20Hearing%20Material.pdf" target="_blank">click here for PDF</a>] of the Sunset Advisory Commission had about 100 pages of recommendations for reforming the department.</p><p><a href="https://www.sunset.texas.gov/about-us/sunset-staff" target="_blank">Sunset staff member</a> and project manager Amy Tripp, who worked on the report, told lawmakers Tuesday that caseworkers complain about the punitive work environment. Wed, 25 Jun 2014 14:15:00 +0000 Veronica Zaragovia 10670 at http://kut.org Commission Hears Input on Fixing Major Flaws of Texas Agencies Why One Couple Chose to Adopt Six Siblings at the Same Time http://kut.org/post/why-one-couple-chose-adopt-six-siblings-same-time <p>This Thursday is <a href="http://www.nationaladoptionday.org/">Adoption Day</a>, and about 6,500 children are waiting to be adopted in the Texas Foster care program. Last year, more than 1,000 didn’t find a home.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">But a group of six Killeen siblings, the dream of staying together as a family — an unlikely prospect for many siblings in foster care — became a reality when </span>Hipólito<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and Carmen Velez entered their lives.</span></p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/118544607" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Mon, 04 Nov 2013 22:46:32 +0000 Joy Diaz 9084 at http://kut.org Why One Couple Chose to Adopt Six Siblings at the Same Time