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In 2000, 586 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

Texas News Coverage

by Yamil Berard

While county officials were asleep at the wheel, Tarrant County became a magnet this year for an odd assortment of squatters claiming other people's houses all over the area.

The cast of characters includes a homeowner who scooped up a dead neighbor's house; a woman who came to Fort Worth from Memphis to lay claim to a $2.7 million mansion; people who cited Bible verses as legal justification for taking properties; and career criminals who grabbed homes to lease to tenants.

December 4, 2011

by Christopher Sherman

A Texas family law judge seen beating his older daughter in a video she posted on YouTube is having visits with his younger daughter limited.

The limits on Aransas County Court-at-Law Judge William Adams include an order not to take his 10-year-old daughter from her mother, disparage her mother or drink within 24 hours of seeing his child. Another judge issued the temporary restraining order late Thursday.

CNS News

November 11, 2011

by Cole Shooter

An investigation is underway, following the death of an infant.

The staffer went into the room to awaken the baby girl's teenage mother, who had been placed for care at the facility by Child Protective Services.

November 8, 2011

by Registering

Following a bill signed into law last May, Texas will become the first state in the country to require that all college students receive one dose or booster of the meningococcal vaccine for bacterial meningitis.

Previous Texas law required those living in campus dorms to receive a meningococcal vaccination. The new mandate expands the provision to all students entering any college or university, including new students, community and junior college students, commuting students, transferring students and students who may not have lived in a Texas college dorm previously. Students enrolled exclusively in online or other distance education courses, and those 30 years of age or older are exempt.

November 8, 2011

by Steven Alford

KINGSVILLE - A 19-year-old Kingsville woman was arrested Monday after a student took the woman's infant to school after the woman left the baby with the teen and never came back.

Kingsville police were called by middle school staff Monday morning after a group of teen girls were seen carrying a 3-month-old boy. The boy was taken to the police department and Child Protective Services staff were contacted, according to a news release. The boy remained there for more than three hours as police worked to find his identity.

November 7, 2011

by Christin Coyne

WEATHERFORD - Child Protective Services has dealt with several complaints since 2008 involving the family of a 12-month-old girl left overnight at a Weatherford day care last week.

According to the affidavit filed Friday in Parker County Court at Law No. 2 regarding the emergency removal of the girl from the grandmother, CPS alleges illegal drug use by both the mother during pregnancy and the maternal grandmother while caring for the child.

November 3, 2011

by Christopher Sherman and Diana Heidgerd

Police launched an investigation Wednesday into an online video that shows a Texas family law judge profanely berating and repeatedly lashing his 16-year-old daughter with a belt.

The nearly 8-minute video, which has been viewed more than 600,000 times on YouTube since being uploaded last week, shows Aransas County Court-at-Law Judge William Adams violently whipping a girl in the legs more than dozen times and growing increasingly irate while she screams and refuses to turn over on a bed to be beaten.

CNS News

November 2, 2011

by Alejandro Caballero

When teens reach high school, they can expect to go through several rites of passage such as a first kiss, a first date and a first boyfriend or girlfriend. However, one Corpus Christi school turned a star-crossed couple's kiss into a nightmare.

A 17-year-old male cheerleader at Alice High School in Corpus Christi was caught kissing another boy. However, it wasn't a passing teacher or school official who caught him; he was caught when school employees reviewed the school's security cameras. As soon as the school saw the footage, they did what can only be described as sexist and homophobic: they suspended the highschooler and kicked him off the cheerleading squad.

October 20, 2011

In the last decade, more than 20,000 kids have reportedly died because of neglect and abuse - almost quadruple the number of U.S. soldiers killed in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Michael Petit, the organization's president, says at BBC News that more than 20,000 American children are believed to have been killed in their own homes as a result of poverty, malnourishment, neglect, and abuse over the last 10 years. That gives the U.S. the worst rate of child abuse of any industrialized nation - triple that of Canada and 11 times that of Italy. Why is this happening? Here, five theories:

October 18, 2011

by Wayne Barrett

The Texas governor's campaign just rejected a call from Mitt Romney to "repudiate" the remarks of a pastor who described Romney's Mormon faith as a "cult."

We may have forgotten, however, that it was Rick Perry who was behind the raid that put these women there in the first place-a massive seizure of the Warren Jeffs-led fundamentalist Yearning for Zion Ranch, led by the state's Child Protective Services, that put 468 children in protective custody (though 29 of them would turn out to be over 18).

October 11, 2011

by Tim Lambert

Next week attorneys for the father whom THSC has been helping for more than a year will be back in the 23lst District Court in Tarrant County.

For those who have not followed this sordid saga, this Tarrant County judge issued an order to remove the then-10-year-old daughter from her father (because the father had missed nine days of court-appointed grandparent visitation) and placed her with her grandparents who, along with their attorneys, then proceeded to drag the case out as long as possible, hoping to make the process so expensive that the father would run out of money. He did, after which time he sold all his property, filed bankruptcy...

October 4, 2011

by Cindy George

The death of a boy's mother and fractured family relationships were among the factors that led a 4½ -year-old boy to end up with firefighters this week and, ultimately, in foster care.

As media reports surfaced about the child and his face was shown on local television, his mother's relatives realized that he might be the boy they hadn't seen in months.

August 27, 2011


The death of a boy's mother and fractured family relationships were among the factors that led a 4½ -year-old boy to end up with firefighters this week and, ultimately, in foster care.

As media reports surfaced about the child and his face was shown on local television, his mother's relatives realized that he might be the boy they hadn't seen in months.

August 27, 2011

by Steven Kreytak

A Travis County grand jury on Thursday declined to indict an Austin father whose 1-year-old daughter died after he left the baby inside his pickup on a hot day in May.

Brett Cavaliero, 42, was investigated by the grand jury for the state jail felony crime of abandoning/endangering a child, according to court documents. Cavaliero forgot to take his daughter, Sophia Cavaliero, to day care on May 25 and left her inside his pickup at his workplace on Spicewood Springs Road in Northwest Austin.

August 19, 2011

The Hardin County Sheriff's Office and Child Protective Services are investigating the death of a 4-year-old girl in what Sheriff Ed Cain and CPS spokeswoman Shari Pulliam tell KFDM News is "one of the worst child abuse cases" they've ever seen.

Late Thursday afternoon deputies arrested the mother, Amanda Guidry, 30, and her boyfriend, Jason Delacerda, 34, on 1st Degree Felony charges of Injury to a Child. If convicted they could face up to life in prison. Shari Pulliam with CPS says investigators with her agency are shaken up after seeing what Pulliam calls abuse the girl suffered. Investigators believe it went on for nearly six months. The Sheriff and Pulliam say it's one of the worst cases of abuse they've ever seen. Pulliam says nearly every one of the girl's ribs was shattered.

August 18, 2011

by Ann Kelley

A child welfare worker and foster mother tried relentlessly to warn others to slow down placing 5-year-old Serenity Anne Deal with her father before she was killed, The Oklahoman has learned.

Child welfare worker Donald Wheeler killed himself during the investigation of the girl's death. Wheeler, his supervisor and the foster mother, Donna Linn, of Chandler, all warned officials with the Department of Human Services that the 5-year-old suffered while visiting Sean Devon Brooks and expressed concerns about placing her with Brooks permanently, according to emails, logs and other documentation obtained by The Oklahoman.

August 15, 2011

by Michelle Barclay and Mary Hermann, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange

This Georgia boy's long stay in the foster care system started when his mother signed a temporary voluntary relinquishment of her parental rights because of her alcohol and drug abuse.

Logan says he will go live with his mother in Texas as soon as he turns 18. He also said going home to his mother is his choice for permanency while in foster care. The Cold Case Project team reviewing his case in 2009, assisted with facilitating movement toward that placement now. Why wait until 18? Logan has even hand written a letter to Texas asking to allow him to go home and live with his mother. All three times, Logan's ICPC request has been denied.

August 10, 2011

by Emily Hill

Little Elm welcomes a new school program to its community for homeschoolers in the area. Classical Conversations Homeschool Community, a Classical Christian model homeschool campus, will begin Aug. 25, meeting just once a week.

With 30 families signed up from Little Elm, Prosper, Frisco and Carrollton, the new program has four tutors, with only eight students to a tutor. The school is not a drop-off program. Parents are expected to stay with the students. The program places a heavy emphasis on history and geography. Each week, students trace a map of a part of the world which they are studying. The hope is that by the time students reach the Challenge program, they will be able to draw the world free hand from memory.

August 10, 2011

by Claire Osborn

The Williamson County Commissioners Court on Tuesday cut thousands of dollars from social services in the proposed 2012 budget, including for programs that provide meals to the elderly and transportation for needy people in rural areas.

The commissioners are trying to pare down a proposed budget of $129.55 million, which spends about $4 million more than the county expects to get in revenue. The social services cuts total about $121,100. The county auditor proposed a tax rate Tuesday of 49.93 cents per $100 of assessed property value, a 2 percent increase over this year's rate. A tax bill for the average-value home, up $854 to $180,868 after exemptions, would be $903, an increase of $21, according to county figures.

August 9, 2011

by Edward Lane

Polygamist prophet Warren Jeffs sent shock waves reverberating around the courthouse today when he announced he wanted to represent himself despite facing a mountain of evidence collected in a raid by law enforcement officials from Wichita Falls, TX.

Prosecutors for Greg Abbott, who was born in Wichita Falls, Texas, announced to Judge Barbara Walther they had no objection to America's most famous alleged polygamist representing himself. Abbott is the Texas Attorney General and is the architect of the prosecution of the Fundamentalist Church of Latter Day Saints members who have been indicted by a West Texas grand jury.

July 28, 2011

by Dave Acosta

EL PASO - Once a foster child herself, Jessica Archuleta now helps former foster children achieve their goals of stability and higher education.

Archuleta, 24, a recent UTEP graduate, also brings a degree in social work to bear when helping connect former foster care recipients to assistance that addresses their specific needs. While many of these resources have been available for some time, the FHAR program has only been in existence for two years. Archuleta is one of only 2 percent of former foster children who go on to earn a bachelor's degree or higher in the U.S.

July 28, 2011

by T.J. Aulds

LEAGUE CITY - Constable deputies and officers from two other agencies spent about eight hours Tuesday searching for a 6-day-old infant whose mother was arrested for a parole violation but refused to tell police where her child was.

Micha Ashley Alford, 26, was wanted on a warrant probation violation because of a failed drug test, Pct. 8 Constable Jerry Fisher said. A few days ago Fisher's office got a tip that Alford had just given birth to a baby boy, the constable said. The woman was on probation for child endangerment and had already lost custody of three other children to Children Protective Services, Fisher said.

July 27, 2011

by Gabriella Lopez

Texas Appleseed, a public interest law center, is traveling statewide getting feedback on what changes people would like to see, Texas Appleseed's Susan Stone said.

Specifically, they want to address outdated language and look at different procedures, Stone said. One outdated term is "mental retardation", since "intellectual disability" is now used," Stone said. Some mental health professionals think the project has potential, but should be thorough.

July 25, 2011

by San Angelo Standard-Times (Texas)

Three years ago, from almost out of nowhere, I started daydreaming about spending a season of life on a farm.

Tom Green County is under the burn ban, no doubt barns and sheds across the county are filling up with items that usually go up in smoke. Brown paper feed sacks and cardboard, typical fodder for the burn pile, are items regularly accepted at the Recycling Center on Warehouse Road. A good rule of thumb is if you have a pickup truck load or less, the Recycling Center can take it from you.

July 24, 2011

by Stephen Dean

(The Woodlands) -- A Houston woman faces charges of driving drunk with her newborn girl in the car, despite child protective caseworkers' efforts to keep the baby away from her.

Caseworkers from Child Protective Services had already removed that one-month-old from her mother, but the agency did not take custody of the infant and the child ended up back in the mother's arms. Danielle Maxwell, 35 of Houston's north side, was arrested July 15th in The Woodlands after drivers called 911 to report a woman swerving and speeding with an infant visible in her car.

July 22, 2011

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