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From 1961 until 1980, federal foster care funding was part of the federal welfare program, Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC).

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Texas CPS News Archive

Texas News Coverage

Five children traveling across the country are in the custody of authorities after their mother died.

The mother and her children were waiting in line early Friday at the Greyhound bus station in downtown Dallas. A Greyhound spokeswoman tells The Dallas Morning News that the mother appeared to suffer a medical emergency and was taken to an area hospital, where she died.

mysanantonio.com

July 8, 2012

by Tim Lynch

DALLAS (CN) - A presumed expert in alcohol, DNA and drug testing, who has testified in hundreds of family and criminal cases, is an unqualified imposter with no college degree, according to a class action in Dallas County Court.

B.W.D. claims that as a result of Turnage's flawed testimony, thousands of parents have lost access to their children and countless citizens are behind bars. B.W.D. claims that Turnage, of Ovilla, wrongfully called him an alcohol and drug user during a custody dispute. Turnage and his Forensic DNA & Drug Testing company claim to seal and ship urine specimens to defendant Medtox Scientific, of St. Paul, Minn.

policemisconduct.net

July 6, 2012

by Miya Shay

A little girl is dead, and her mother accused of slamming the toddler's head against a dresser. Investigators say they'd been watching the mother for the last few months after allegations of abuse.

Toni Tavarez, 22, mother of four, is accused of abusing her youngest child. Investigators say on June 18, she allegedly hit 19-month-old Yazmin's head against a dresser inside a home. Yazmin was already in critical condition when she was transported to the hospital and died two days later.

abclocal.go.com

July 6, 2012

by Kira Witkin

Five children were left alone at a Greyhound station in downtown Dallas after their mother suffered a medical emergency and died early Thursday, police said.

The family, traveling from Mississippi to Oregon, was waiting in line to board a bus around 4 a.m. at the station on 205 South Lamar Street when the mother was stricken, according to Jen Biddinger, spokeswoman for Greyhound.

thescoopblog.dallasnews.com

July 6, 2012

by Melissa Fletcher Stoeltje

This week the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services unveils a two-month, $2.4 million advertizing blitz and social media campaign aimed at reducing child abuse and neglect in Texas.

The Help for Parents, Hope for Children campaign features inspirational stories from real parents designed to motivate others to address the underlying causes of child abuse and neglect. The media blitz, in English and Spanish, includes public service announcements on television and radio as well as advertisements online, on billboards and buses, in movie theaters and retail stores.

mysanantonio.com

July 4, 2012

A 65-year-old teacher was arrested after allegations surfaced that he abused an 8-year-old girl taking private music lessons from him, court records show.

The Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston learned on Feb. 23 that Lawrence Patrick, who was a teacher at Saint Rose of Lima Catholic School, abused an 8-year-0ld girl on campus after school.

blog.chron.com

July 3, 2012

by Jessica Holloway

SAN MARCOS -- A Hays County jury has found Christina Lyons guilty of murder in connection with the daycare death of 10-week-old Benjamin Spencer.

In 2010, investigators say the boy suffered severe head and chest injuries while at the Little Lyons Daycare in Kyle. Lyons told police the boy fell from a couch while she used the bathroom. Spencer was rushed to Dell Children's Medical Center with head injuries and fractured ribs. The boy died 10 days later from those injuries. Doctors became suspicious after examining the extent of the boy's injuries.

kvue.com

July 3, 2012

by David Lee

A presumed expert in alcohol, DNA and drug testing, who has testified in hundreds of family and criminal cases, is an unqualified imposter with no college degree, according to a class action in Dallas County Court.

B.W.D. claims that as a result of Turnage's flawed testimony, thousands of parents have lost access to their children and countless citizens are behind bars. B.W.D. claims that Turnage, of Ovilla, wrongfully called him an alcohol and drug user during a custody dispute. Turnage and his Forensic DNA & Drug Testing company claim to seal and ship urine specimens to defendant Medtox Scientific, of St. Paul, Minn.

courthousenews.com

July 2, 2012

by Frank Raczkiewicz

WACO - Methamphetamine abuse leads to an increase in child abuse and neglect, which causes an increase in foster care admissions, according to a study from Baylor University.

The study, published online in the journal Economic Inquiry, found that a 1 percent increase in meth use led to a 1.5 percent increase in foster care admissions. It is the first study to provide evidence for meth abuse's causal effect on foster home admissions.

baylor.edu

July 2, 2012

by Tim Lambert

The second day of the hearing in the Ft. Worth parental rights case took place on Tuesday. The judge interviewed the now fourteen-year-old girl in his chambers without attorneys present at the request of attorneys.

The judge refused to accept the argument made by the father's attorneys that the issue of contempt of court, for moving without giving the grandparents his new address back in 2008, had been resolved during the jury trial last year. This means that the judge is considering the request of the grandparents to find this dad in contempt of court and jail him.

thscpac.org

June 29, 2012

by Rebecca Lopez

Authorities said they received a report Wednesday of a woman advertising the sale of her baby boy in a classified advertisement. By Friday afternoon, mother and child were in custody.

The boy is in the care of Child Protective Services while the mother undergoes police questioning. A caller told authorities the baby was advertised for sale by the mother for $4,000. The woman, who is from out of state, said she came to the Dallas area with the intent to buy the baby, named "Eden," but got cold feet and called authorities.

wfaa.com

June 23, 2012

by Fernie Ortiz

EL PASO -- A Canutillo nanny is arrested after a child is seen wandering outside about 4:30 a.m. Wednesday.

A neighbor spotted the 8-year-old girl walking alone outside her home in the 7000 block of First Street in Canutillo, and began knocking on doors to determine where the child, who was described as being scared, lived.

kvia.com

June 21, 2012

Texas Child Protective Services confirmed Tuesday that CPS workers removed four children from a local home where they were reported to be living in

Julie Moody of CPS in Austin confirmed Wednesday that four children were taken from the house after reports of neglect. She said three girls, two age 4 and one age 1, and one boy age 2 remained in CPS custody Wednesday pending a court hearing that must be held within 14 days of removal.

kwtx.com

June 20, 2012

The state has accused a longtime child psychiatrist for the Austin State Hospital of sexually abusing at least one child in his care.

His license suspended since late November, the psychiatrist is indicted on charges of two sexual assaults of a child, two cases of indecency with a child by contact and one sexual assault. The alleged crimes happened from 2001 through 2005. Austin police started investigating after one of Fischer's former patients told the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services about the alleged sexual abuse from Fischer while at Austin State Hospital.

kxan.com

June 15, 2012

A Texas father beat and killed a man allegedly caught trying to sexually assault his 4-year-old daughter - a killing that may be justified under a Texas statute similar to Florida's Stand Your Ground law.

The killing and alleged assault happened Saturday in rural Shiner, Texas, east of San Antonio. The 4-year-old girl remained in her home while other relatives tended to horses, CNN reports. When the girl's father returned to the house, he allegedly caught his daughter being sexually assaulted by a 47-year-old acquaintance, the sheriff said.

blogs.findlaw.com

June 12, 2012

by Patricia Kilday Hart

Two young families in the Houston area suffered unspeakable tragedies in recent months. In one case, a toddler drowned; in another, a new mother was gunned down in a parking lot and her newborn snatched.

Both incidents required investigation by law enforcement officials, who as a matter of course, called Child Protective Services. What happened next to both families reflects a disturbing trend that Houston attorney Chris Branson blames on a 2008 legal memorandum sent to all Texas CPS investigators.

chron.com

May 28, 2012

In the heated contest over the Republican nomination to be Williamson County's district attorney, incumbent John Bradley has repeatedly said challenger Jana Duty, the elected county attorney, doesn't have enough experience to do his job.

In an op-ed article published on the Austin American-Statesman's website May 14, 2012, for instance, Bradley talked up his résumé and then said: "Duty has never prosecuted a single adult felony case." Not one?

politifact.com

May 24, 2012

Child Protective Services has removed three children from a filthy home without running water, sewer service or electricity.

Firefighters called CPS after putting out a mattress fire at the children's home near Conroe Tuesday. Bridgett Watson, 30, admitted to struggling to support her 14-year-old, 12-year-old and seven-year-old sons since her husband went to prison 19 months ago.

abclocal.go.com

May 24, 2012

by Paul Weber

SAN ANTONIO (AP) - A 12-year-old Texas boy who was suspended from school after shaving his head to resemble the face of Spurs forward Matt Bonner scored tickets to a playoff game and props from his favorite NBA player.

Patrick Gonzalez was suspended for a day from Woodlake Hills Middle School because the school district deemed his $75 haircut a distraction. He returned to class Thursday after reluctantly shaving his head.

CNS News

May 17, 2012

We've heard of the drug court program that helps those convicted of criminal drug charges get back on the right track.

Now child protective services is offering a similar program to help parents who's children have been taken out of the home. "We have a lot of participants we had today out first graduation. Three. We are very proud of them they've gone through a lot."

pro8news.com

May 16, 2012

by Juan A. Lozano

A Houston boy kidnapped eight years ago is still not ready to meet his parents after being in foster care since authorities found him in March, Texas child welfare officials said Wednesday during a court hearing.

Officials with Child Protective Services told state District Judge Mike Schneider that a therapist who has been working with 8-year-old Miguel Morin believes the boy is not yet ready to be told who his parents are or to have visits with them. Authorities allege Miguel was taken as an infant, and his baby sitter and her mother are now jailed on kidnapping charges.

CNS News

May 16, 2012

A local woman was given probation after confessing to Child Protective Services that she left her children alone for the sake of having sex with a 13-year-old neighbor.

According to My San Antonio, 26-year-old Amanda Ann Nabers will also have to register as a sex offender, a title which will stay with her for the rest of her life. From February, 2011 to August, 2011, Nabers reportedly engaged in similar trysts with the child four or five times.

houston.cbslocal.com

May 15, 2012

by Sarah Bahari

The day Michelle Zeledon's parents informed her they would begin home schooling, she thought her life was over.

What about homecoming? she asked. And prom? What about everything that makes high school high school? Zeledon, 17, of Arlington, certainly did not picture herself at a downtown Dallas hotel Saturday night, wearing a long plum-colored dress, her hair swept up, ready to spend the night dancing at her prom.

star-telegram.com

April 24, 2012

AUSTIN -- Texas Child Protective Services is sending investigators to help with backlogs of cases created by understaffing in offices in Austin and Midland-Odessa areas.

Staff shortages in CPS' investigative branches have been problems in both regions since the fall, officials said. Even after help from other regions, Travis County still has about 1,000 cases that have gone at least six months without being investigated, and about 500 such cases are in the Midland-Odessa area, CPS spokesman Patrick Crimmins told The Dallas Morning News.

theeagle.com

April 7, 2012

by Charlena Chandler

The high school team needs a quarterback. Voila! A juvenile hero in Superman's cape appears out of the blue, suited up to play. He may be a future Manning (times two) - or Staubach - or Starr.

Only problem is this young man is homeschooled. Should he be allowed to play and go on to fame or be ruled ineligible because our state says he can't participate in public school activities? Talk about a fine kettle of fish.

oaoa.com

April 7, 2012

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