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In 1998, 589 children died nationwide, while living in foster care. (Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System (AFCARS) FY 2006)

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Texas CPS News Archive

The Texas news section is your source for the latest in family rights news items, CPS reform efforts, open court demands, abolition of confidentiality laws that judges hide behind, foster care deaths and issues, legal cases and more... Please Email Kidjacked with news and information from the state of Texas and I will include it here in our coverage.

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Texas News Coverage

by Jordan Armstrong

DALLAS -- A father who was under investigation by Child Protective Services for family violence has now been charged with killing his common-law wife's 4-year-old son.

According to his arrest warrant, child abuse unit detectives were called to Medical City Dallas Hospital after the child was found unresponsive and brought into the hospital. He died about an hour after he arrived. Detectives at the hospital interviewed the boy's mother, Rosa Angon-Diaz, and Gordy, who was the only adult at home watching Darwin and his siblings when the incident occurred.

wfaa.com

July 26, 2017

by Mark Haslett

Texas State Rep. Gary VanDeaver (R-New Boston) spoke to and took questions from about 50 people at a town hall meeting in Paris on Tuesday evening. The

VanDeaver is touring House District 1 in advance of the special session of the Texas Legislature set to begin July 18. VanDeaver held a town hall meeting in Clarksville on Monday and has scheduled forums in Texarkana on Wednesday and Mount Vernon on Thursday. The district includes Bowie, Franklin, Lamar and Red River counties.

ketr.org

July 21, 2017

by Mary Hudetz

The women in the old two-story house fell silent as a mother in the group recalled the toughest chapters of a life measured in prison terms and heartache.

Susan Hylton counts more than two dozen convictions on her record, most of them drug related. Her first run-ins with police began when she was 13. A runaway, she preferred life and hard drugs on the streets, she said, to sexual abuse she faced at home in El Paso, Texas. But her escape route led to more trauma: nearly a year in a sex trafficking ring as a minor.

therepublic.com

July 7, 2017

by Leigh Egan

Police say a Texas woman starved her then 4-month-old daughter and fooled people into believing that the baby had a rare disease in order to make a profit.

Dallas News reports that Katelyn Christina Carnline, 28, of Milano, Texas, raised a little over $2,000 on the fundraising website, You Caring, from unsuspecting donors, while depriving her baby girl of food and shaving her toddler son's head in order to make them appear sick.

crimeonline.com

June 9, 2017

by Brooke Crum

While a trial date was set Wednesday for one former Child Protective Services worker involved in the 2012 Tiffany Klapheke child death case, new evidence has postponed the trial of former regional director Martha "Bit" Whitaker.

Gretchen Denny, who is accused of tampering with physical evidence in the 2012 death of 22-month-old Tamryn Klapheke, has a pretrial hearing scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Nov. 2 in 350th District Court. Jury selection is expected to begin Nov. 13. Meanwhile, Whitaker will have another status hearing at 1 p.m. Aug. 17.

reporternews.com

May 22, 2017

by Robert T. Garrett

House members voted Wednesday to bar doctors from vaccinating new foster children, even against cervical cancer and head and neck cancers caused by the human papillomavirus, or HPV.

The ban was part of an ongoing push in the name of parents' rights by members of the House Freedom Caucus, a dozen GOP rebels who left their mark on a broadly popular bill that would prod Child Protective Services to make a variety of improvements.

dallasnews.com

May 22, 2017

by Emily Donaldson

In what was expected to be a discussion of a largely bipartisan-supported bill that proposes improvements for the state's Child Protective Services agency, the merits of vaccines were hotly debated Wednesday afternoon.

One of the solutions proposed in the bill, authored by state Rep. Gene Wu, D-Houston, would require the Department of Family and Protective Services to administer a medical and mental examination for children in CPS custody for more than three days. These children would have likely been taken out of the custody of parents for safety concerns. The guidelines for these examinations would be set by the Health and Human Services Commission and medical practitioners, should the bill be passed.

communityimpact.com

May 22, 2017

by Marissa Evans

Texas senators voted 21-10 on Sunday to give child welfare providers protection from legal retaliation if they assert their "sincerely held religious beliefs" while caring for abused and neglected children in foster or Child Protective Services custody.

House Bill 3859 would allow faith-based organizations to place a child in a religion-based school; deny referrals for abortion-related contraceptives, drugs or devices; and refuse to contract with other organizations that don't share their religious beliefs. If a faith-based group refuses services to children or prospective homes on religious grounds, they would be required to refer the child or parent to a different organization that can help them.

texastribune.org

May 21, 2017

A Democratic-sponsored bill that would set goals for reducing Texas child welfare workers' caseloads is laudable but needs more careful consideration, two key Republican writers of House social services policy said Monday.

Houston Democratic Rep. Armando Walle's measure would double-down on state GOP leaders' recent approval of 829 new positions at beleaguered Child Protective Services. The bill would encourage CPS to hire 893 more employees over the next two years and create an additional 825 slots at sister agencies such as Adult Protective Services, Child Care Licensing and the unit that operates the protective services department's hotline for reporting abuse, the Legislative Budget Board has estimated.

dallasnews.com

March 11, 2017

by Marissa Evans

A board of lawmakers has given final approval for $150 million in funding to help pull the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services out of its crisis mode - but there are strings attached.

In a letter dated Thursday, the Legislative Budget Board has given the agency the go-ahead to hire 829 new caseworkers and give $12,000 raises to existing ones. The funding includes $142.4 million in state dollars and $7.6 million in federal money.

texastribune.org

December 17, 2016

by Rhonda Fanning

Two Texas child welfare masters appointed by a federal judge will soon file a proposal that will cost taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars to help overhaul the child protection system.

Mike Ward has been covering the story for the Houston Chronicle. He says Jack gave the appointees a list of issues to look at in the system, most of which involve keeping kids safe while in state custody. State lawmakers are close to approving emergency funds nearing $88 million to hire additional caseworkers, investigators, and other front-line personnel so that the state can keep up with its intake of children.

kut.org

November 6, 2016

by Marissa Evans

Special masters hired by the state to scrutinize the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services say the embattled agency should increase its focus on improving the timeliness in seeing children under its care.

In their 13-page report, special masters Kevin Ryan and Francis McGovern also discussed the need for improvements in updating children's health records and limiting caseloads for Child Protective Services caseworkers. The long-awaited report comes almost a year after U.S. District Judge Janis Jack ruled that Texas' long-term foster care system violated children's civil rights. She ordered the state to hire special masters to come up with solutions.

texastribune.org

November 6, 2016

by Lisa Falkenberg

Tell me if this isn't the definition of motherhood: two foster parents so dedicated to giving two troubled little boys a chance that they're paying for intensive psychological therapy on their own dime.

Tell me if this isn't the definition of abuse: a supervisor at that agency, created to protect children, forcing the 4- and 5-year-old boys to visit relatives they're afraid of, ordering them to attend an adoption fair, and, in the latest senseless blow, severing the foster mothers' right to consent to the boys' medical treatment.

houstonchronicle.com

November 5, 2016

by Marissa Evans

The head of the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services has decided to ask lawmakers for an additional $8.2 million to help raise salaries for Child Protective Services workers.

On Thursday evening, agency commissioner Hank Whitman wrote in a letter to Senate Finance Committee members that "providing a salary increase will have a positive impact on retention." "Settling on the ideal salary to diminish turnover is difficult," Whitman wrote. "Our research of U.S. Labor Statistics shows that comparable jobs in the Texas market pay more than salaries at CPS."

houstonpublicmedia.org

October 29, 2016

by Tegna

After KVUE reported that the commissioner for the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services asked for more money to hire hundreds of additional case workers.

The plan laid out in a letter signed by DFPS Commissioner Hank Whitman is a part of his intent to overhaul Child Protective Services. In October, CPS workers didn't see 2,844 children in Texas. Over 500 of those children were at the highest risk of abuse or neglect. Whitman is asking senators for 200 more CPS case workers and 100 special investigators to "assist with the investigations and locate children and their families timely." In addition, he's requesting 250 other case worker positions.

kvue.com

October 28, 2016

by Jason Whitely

Last October, Gibson was caught with drugs. The state's Child Protective Services agency took custody of her nine-year-old daughter.

Gibson cleaned up, and for months has tried to get her child out of foster care. "I was stunned, actually, to get this letter," she said holding two sheets of paper with an apology from CPS.

wfaa.com

September 23, 2016

by Deanna Boyd

FORT WORTH -- This report contains sexually graphic descriptions. A former military couple is in jail, accused of sexually assaulting two children over several years in an effort to teach the kids about sex.

Both the husband and wife are accused of "watching, coaching and instructing" the children on how to perform and participate in sex acts with the adults, according to arrest warrant affidavits.

star-telegram.com

September 9, 2016

by Breitbart Texas

A judge in Harris County, Texas, has sanctioned Child Protective Services and ordered the agency to pay $27,500 in attorneys fees. He has also ordered CPS personnel to read the United States Constitution and the Bill of Rights in the Texas Constitution.

The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (TDFPS) is charged with protecting children from abuse and neglect while safe-guarding the constitutional rights of parents. In his order, Judge Schmude called the actions by agency representatives in filing a parental custody lawsuit "groundless." He finds that the Department "deliberately misled the Court" during a hearing in 2014 and that the removal of the child without a court order was based on "incorrect assumptions which they made no effort to confirm."

breitbart.com

September 7, 2016

by October 14

Remember Texas Senate Bill 538? It was one of 17 bills proposed last session to remove your freedom of medical choice. SB 538 was quite a doozy, though - a bona fide wolf in sheep's clothing.

You see, SB 538 gave the Governor ultimate authority to declare an epidemic of any infectious disease of his or her choosing. The police could then identify risk groups to quarantine, and those identified would be detained in a facility until the situation was deemed safe. If children were isolated as part of the risk group, they could be forcibly taken from their parents, and the State would be assigned as guardian, with full parental rights.

texansforvaccinechoice.com

September 7, 2016

by Kate McGee

When Austin resident Katy Ludlow was pregnant, she remembers how concerned many parents were about vaccinating their children. Actor Jenny McCarthy was speaking openly about her belief that her son's autism was linked to vaccinations and Ludlow grew worri

Eight years later, Ludlow says she's firmly pro-vaccination and has fully vaccinated her daughter, who is now eight. But Ludlow says the debate over vaccinations continues among parents on play dates, where she witnessed a near-fight between two moms with differing opinions on vaccines, and social media platforms like Facebook.

kut.org

August 15, 2016

by Benjamin Wermund

Child Protective Services is looking for the parents of a 2-year-old boy found wandering alone in Stafford Sunday morning.

The toddler was found walking on the U.S. 59 feeder road near Gringo's Mexican Kitchen around 8:30 a.m. Sunday.

chron.com

August 7, 2016

by Lana Shadwick

Two Texas House hearings have been held to address nightmares with the Texas Child Protective Services agency. During one of those hearings, a state representative who was chairman of the committee, angrily shut-out a discussion.

Members of the Texas House of Representatives Committee on Humans Services held hearings in Austin on Tuesday. Last Thursday, the Texas House Committee on County Affairs held one of their regional hearings in Houston. The hearings are being held to address challenges and make reforms at the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (TDFPS). TDFPS has come under fire from the judiciary and the public.

breitbart.com

August 7, 2016

A retired chief of the Texas Rangers, Whitman's law enforcement background is an intriguing match with an agency that primarily provides social work. Why focus on pay first?

Doing this right will cost hundreds of millions of dollars. But not doing it right has costs, too. If lawmakers go cheap on agency pay raises, they will be throwing good money away because there won't be enough incentive for workers to stay. It's worth noting that it costs taxpayers $54,000 each time a caseworker leaves the agency, according to recent a review of the agency.

mysanantonio.com

June 19, 2016

by Erin Nichols

SAN ANTONIO -- It's been 5 months since a federal court ruled Texas' foster care system is flawed. Since then, there have been many changes to Child Protective Services.

But some of those changes are creating frustrations for families who just want to solve the problem. A lawsuit was filed several months ago against the state, alleging children were leaving the foster care system in worse shape than when they went into it.

foxsanantonio.com

May 7, 2016

by Mnar Muhawesh

On May 4, a judge in the 250th District Court granted a temporary restraining order preventing the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services from issuing a childcare license to the South Texas Family Residential Center in Dilley, Texas.

These families are fleeing South American countries where they face inhumane conditions at the hands of corrupt governments, organized crime and economic hardships, much of which had been fueled by trade deals like NAFTA.

mintpressnews.com

May 7, 2016

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by Annette M. Hall

You can fight CPS and win. Learn from those who have been in your shoes. Attend live support group meetings, rally's, workshops and join in online discussions. There is strength in numbers.

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June 24, 2012

by Annette M. Hall

Parents and children throughout Texas are in greater danger than ever, thanks to a recently passed child-protection measure by Democratic Sen. Kirk Watson - Senate Bill 1440 - that expands the powers of the Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) to make it easier to remove children from their homes and families for investigation of alleged child abuse or neglect.

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June 24, 2012

by Annette M. Hall

Emergencies happen all the time, we do our best to prepare for them. While you may be prepared for the next hurricane, blizzard or flood have you made preparations to protect the most precious thing in your life... your children?

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June 24, 2012

by Annette M. Hall

In 2003 Baby Samuel was taken from the hospital by CPS workers in Podunk, Texas. The mother was informed by a notice placed on her front door...

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June 24, 2012

by Annette M. Hall

This is one mothers woeful tale of attempts to find justice for her child who was injured at the hands of CPS and their agents.

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June 24, 2012

by Annette M. Hall

Black mom in jail protecting child from sexual abuse of rich white husband.

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June 24, 2012

by Annette Hall

We need an attorney in Conroe, TX who is not afraid to fight CPS. The nightmare has been building daily to the extent that it is destroying the entire family, extended family and the children – all from false allegations that were already discredited in court, yet CPS is not held accountable.

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May 15, 2010

by Annette Hall

My name is Tammy. I am writing about an emotional horror story that is happening to my family at this very moment. Since this story begins over a year ago, I will try to edit and keep it as short as possible but I will need to add detail so this case can be understood and investigated with some intimate knowledge.

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May 15, 2010

by Annette Hall

Our family lives in Texas. My brother and his wife moved back to Texas in February 2007. They had a one-year-old son and another child on the way. The mom has a mental illness (bipolar with schizophrenic tendencies) and had a breakdown in March of 2007 and went into hiding.

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May 15, 2010

by Annette Hall

My wife and I have lost 4 children whom we love and miss terribly to the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (TDFPS), but I wont even get into our story yet because we are in an ongoing battle.

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May 15, 2010

by Annette Hall

I am the mother of 4 boys, who were ordered by a Texas court ruling to live with me. At the time of pick up, in Kentucky, I was served with an emergency temporary restraining order, (the emergency being I was going to get the boys).

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May 15, 2010

by Annette Hall

Have you been following the Eldorado, Texas case, in which CPS agents removed 437 children from their parents care? The entire circus of events is simply shocking!

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May 15, 2010

by Annette Hall

The Sunday night airing of Dateline told the bizarre story of the Texas couple, Clayton and Molly Daniels, who dug up a corpse and faked Mr. Daniels death in order to avoid the consequences of a being labeled a sexual predator.

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May 15, 2010

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