House Committee on Child Welfare and Foster Care, Select, Interim - 78th R.S. (2003)
Examine the current child welfare and foster care system in Texas, with an emphasis on the following:
(1) Determine barriers to adoption, specific to minority children, in foster care. Determine activities that will increase the recruitment and retention of racial and ethnic minority families as foster care providers.
(2) Evaluate means by which the state may promote substitute care with relatives of a child who is removed from the home by Child Protective Services.
(3) Review the licensure requirements for and the performance of all types of foster care facilities, including residential treatment facilities, wilderness camps and emergency treatment centers. Assess the adequacy of communication and interaction between the licensing agency and other state agencies that place children within the foster care and Child Protective Care system. Explore other state's efforts that will promote "best practices" and identify program efficiencies with Texas child welfare system.
Dora Olivo (Member) appointed by Speaker 12/3/2003.
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