foster care http://kut.org en After Child Deaths, Texas Lawmakers Examine Foster Care Practices http://kut.org/post/after-child-deaths-texas-lawmakers-examine-foster-care-practices <p>Texas lawmakers have already convened several times this year to discuss rampant – and persistent -- problems in the state’s foster care system. On Thursday, another hearing at the Capitol took place to look into what can be changed.<iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/160228190&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 12:17:12 +0000 Veronica Zaragovia 10864 at http://kut.org After Child Deaths, Texas Lawmakers Examine Foster Care Practices 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 The Rate of Texas Foster Care Youths On Meds is Falling – And Could Fall More http://kut.org/post/rate-texas-foster-care-youths-meds-falling-and-could-fall-more <p>President Obama recently called for millions in new spending aimed at reducing the number of foster care children being prescribed psychotropic medications.</p><p>In Texas, the percentage of children on these medications has been dropping in recent years, but concerns remain.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/150486074&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Wed, 21 May 2014 14:34:27 +0000 Veronica Zaragovia 10459 at http://kut.org The Rate of Texas Foster Care Youths On Meds is Falling – And Could Fall More 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 Child Protective Services Launches Foster Care Redesign http://kut.org/post/child-protective-services-launches-foster-care-redesign <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F109552695" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>The state’s child welfare agency is launching a new program aimed at improving the outcomes of children in foster care in Texas. The project, called <a href="http://www.dfps.state.tx.us/Adoption_and_Foster_Care/About_Foster_Care/redesign.asp">Foster Care Redesign</a>, has been in the works for years.&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 09 Sep 2013 13:52:20 +0000 Kate McGee 8628 at http://kut.org Child Protective Services Launches Foster Care Redesign Program Helps Texas Foster Care Youth Go to College - For Free http://kut.org/post/program-helps-texas-foster-care-youth-go-college-free <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F102551962" width="100%"></iframe>Heading to college is confusing under the best of circumstances. But for many young people aging out of foster care, the challenges can be almost impossible to overcome.</p><p>Some schools in Texas&nbsp;host programs each year aimed at trying to help foster kids make the transition.</p><p> Thu, 25 Jul 2013 14:34:21 +0000 Veronica Zaragovia 8409 at http://kut.org Program Helps Texas Foster Care Youth Go to College - For Free Foster Care Bills Signed Into Law http://kut.org/post/foster-care-bills-signed-law <p>Foster care children 16 and older could refuse psychotropic medication under a bill signed into law today by Gov. Rick Perry that more closely <a href="http://www.legis.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=83R&amp;Bill=HB915">monitors the administration of those drugs</a> to foster kids.</p><p>Another measure signed into law today will give court-appointed special advocates of foster kids <a href="http://www.legis.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=83R&amp;Bill=HB1227">online access to their case information</a>.</p> Wed, 29 May 2013 21:32:44 +0000 Nathan Bernier 7924 at http://kut.org Foster Care Bills Signed Into Law Bill Spotlights Medication Given to Texas Minors in Foster Care http://kut.org/post/bill-spotlights-medication-given-texas-minors-foster-care <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Texas health agencies report </span><a href="http://txchildren.org/Images/Interior/reports/psychotropic_medication_texas_foster_care.pdf" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">more foster children take</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> psychotropic medication than other children in Medicaid. Experts say foster care youth need it to deal with trauma and mental disorders.</span></p><p>But a bill in the Texas Legislature aims to monitor the handing out of prescriptions to these minors.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 02 May 2013 22:00:13 +0000 Veronica Zaragovia 7600 at http://kut.org Bill Spotlights Medication Given to Texas Minors in Foster Care Prom Rack: Taking Foster Kids to Prom in Central Texas http://kut.org/post/prom-rack-taking-foster-kids-prom-central-texas <p><span style="font-family: Helvetica; line-height: normal; ">Young foster kids in Central Texas had the opportunity to prepare for the Prom Saturday. From choosing dresses to taking etiquette classes, more than 150 boys and girls spent the day at Mount Sinai Church for<a href="http://writetome.org/Donation_Locations.html" target="_blank"> Prom Rack</a>.</span></p><p style="margin-bottom: 0px; line-height: normal; font-family: Helvetica; "> Mon, 08 Apr 2013 15:20:00 +0000 Filipa Rodrigues 7256 at http://kut.org Prom Rack: Taking Foster Kids to Prom in Central Texas AM Update: Occupy AISD, Cap Metro Budget, Foster Care Redesign http://kut.org/post/am-update-occupy-aisd-cap-metro-budget-foster-care-redesign <p>After a weekend of rain, your <a href="http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?CityName=Austin&amp;state=TX&amp;site=EWX&amp;textField1=30.267&amp;textField2=-97.743&amp;e=1" target="_blank">Monday should be mostly dry</a>. On Sunday, most parts of Central Texas saw an <a href="http://hydromet.lcra.org/media/mediaFivedayrain.txt" target="_blank">inch to two inches of rain</a>. Here's a roundup of some of today's happenings:</p><p><strong>Education Activists Occupy Austin</strong></p><p>Austin education activists plan to gather at Austin City Hall this evening to <a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/171669486303183/" target="_blank">rally for the Chicago teachers strike</a>.</p><p>Occupy AISD&nbsp;will rally from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. in an event that organizers say will connect the disputes in Chicago to issues facing Austin schools.</p><p>The education rally will be part of a day-long celebration of Occupy Austin by protesters to mark the one-year anniversary of the start of the <a href="http://kutnews.org/post/occupy-wall-street-protests-spread-austin" target="_blank">Occupy Wall Street movement</a>.</p><p> Mon, 17 Sep 2012 13:50:58 +0000 Tyler Pratt & Laura Rice 5088 at http://kut.org AM Update: Occupy AISD, Cap Metro Budget, Foster Care Redesign