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Old 06-04-2021, 09:19 AM
 
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State officials knew children were being illegally housed in an unlicensed facility but did not notify the court, despite a mandate from a federal court judge that came as part of a decade-long class action lawsuit against the state on the behalf of foster children.
https://www.texastribune.org/2021/05...ster-children/

Why are not these officials being fired or indicted?

We are suppose to be a nation of laws and these laws apply equally to all citizens. Why is our foster care system not held to this standard?
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Old 06-04-2021, 12:38 PM
 
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https://www.texastribune.org/2021/05...ster-children/

Why are not these officials being fired or indicted?

We are suppose to be a nation of laws and these laws apply equally to all citizens. Why is our foster care system not held to this standard?

I would suspect corruption.


The Whataburger Center is run by Family Tapestry, and Family Tapestry was appointed by the state, to place the kids. So...where is Family Tapestry going to place the kids? The place most likely to make them money. And I'm guessing if one was to follow the money trail, they'd see that the gov. gets some kind of kick back about it.




This whole thing makes me think about how parts of the Indian Child Welfare Act was overturned back in April of this year, stemming from a lawsuit originating in Texas. https://www.blackhillsfox.com/2021/0...heir%20history.
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Old 06-07-2021, 05:23 AM
 
Location: NJ
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Looks like Texas has a huge foster children problem. According to the article, there's at least 300 kids without somewhere to go. It could also be more then that.

I'd like to know why so many kids have been taken from their families for one because some places are worst then others for why they take kids. Then they make it very hard for parents to get the kids back once they get into the system.

Sounds like the teens without a place to go are out of control. The article said one 16 year old male was sexually involved with a staff member. I wonder if that staff member lost their job and got charges.



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Crimmins said while the Whataburger Center was unlicensed, it’s not unusual for children without placements to spend time in places like CPS offices and motels, which are also unlicensed. It’s an ongoing problem all over the state, he said.

“Unlicensed placements, also known as Children Without Placements (CWOP), unfortunately have become very common for a variety of reasons. We have been under orders from the Governor’s office for several years to eliminate CWOP, particularly kids staying in CPS offices, but have been unable to do so,” he said.

The number of children without placements has surged to the highest point in at least four years.

Last month, 282 children spent at least two consecutive nights in unlicensed placements, usually sleeping in offices, hotels or community organizations, because no beds were available in licensed facilities, according to DFPS data....

...Court documents detail “substantiated” findings including at least one of physical abuse, one for sexual abuse, 10 for neglectful supervision and three for medical neglect.

Children at the Whataburger Center often ran away, staff inconsistently gave children their prescribed medicine — even in the case of serious, life-threatening medical conditions — and the facility suffered from poor cleanliness in areas, the report said. Some of the foster children with a history of self-harm got access to sharp objects or cords while under supervision.

Fights broke out among the children and there are allegations that some were instigated by a staff member, who reportedly kicked a child in the back while they were fighting another child. One staff member allegedly carried a taser and threatened children with it — later claiming he was kidding.
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