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House Committee on Child Protection, Select - 83rd R.S. (2013)

Committee: House Child Protection, Select
Title: Interim Report
Subjects: Child abuse | Child Protective Services | Child welfare | Family and Protective Services, Texas Department of | Foster care |
Library Call Number: L1836.83 C436
Session: 83rd R.S. (2013)
Online version: View report [54 pages]
Charge: This report should address the charge below.
1. This committee shall study the incidence of abuse and neglect fatalities in Texas and make recommendations to protect children. In developing its recommendations, the committee shall:
  • Monitor the ongoing efforts of the Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS), the work of the Protect Our Kids Commission and the National Commission to Eliminate Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities, and any relevant Sunset Commission recommendations;
  • Assess the efficacy of ongoing prevention efforts that target resources to families at risk;
  • Examine regulatory policy and contract oversight within the child welfare system;
  • Consider ways to encourage consistent, transparent, and timely review of abuse and neglect fatalities;
  • Monitor ongoing efforts to stabilize the CPS workforce, placing specific emphasis on improving work environment, enhancing the quality of supervision, and addressing the unique challenges facing different regions of the state;
  • Suggest improvements to the screening, assessment, training, and support of potential foster and kinship families;
  • Evaluate the ability of children and youth within the system to report maltreatment;
  • Monitor ongoing efforts to enhance the use of data to improve outcomes; and
  • Consider strategies to ensure better coordination and collaboration among local agencies, faith-based organizations, the private sector, non-profits, and law enforcement to reduce the incidence of abuse and neglect fatalities.
Supporting documents
Committee: House Child Protection, Select
Title: Committee meeting handouts and testimony, July 1, 2014 (Overview from the agencies, Stakeholder panels 1-2)
Library Call Number:
Session: 83rd R.S. (2013)
Online version: View document [173 pages  File size: 9,125 kb]
Committee: House Child Protection, Select
Title: Committee meeting handouts and testimony, July 24, 2014 (Contract oversight and regulatory oversight within the child welfare system; Screening, assessment, training and support of foster and kinship families; Ability of children and youth within the system to report maltreatment)
Library Call Number:
Session: 83rd R.S. (2013)
Online version: View document [173 pages  File size: 2,736 kb]
Committee: House Child Protection, Select
Title: Committee meeting handouts and testimony, September 10, 2014 (Border support operations and unaccompanied alien children, Sunset recommendation, Audit reports, Child Protective Services workforce and data to improve outcomes)
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Session: 83rd R.S. (2013)
Online version: View document [300 pages  File size: 8,131 kb]
Committee: House Child Protection, Select
Title: Committee meeting handouts and testimony, September 30, 2014 (Overview from the National Commission to Eliminate Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities, State agency panel)
Library Call Number:
Session: 83rd R.S. (2013)
Online version: View document [89 pages  File size: 2,122 kb]

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