New foster care rules to increase child safety take effect Sept. 1

New rules take effect on Labor Day for Texas Child Protective Services requiring tougher screening of foster parents and other caregivers to improve safety for youngsters in these homes two years after an alarming increase in foster-child abuse and neglect deaths.

The updated minimum standards apply to the state’s 220 child placing agencies – known as CPAs – which are licensed by the state to recruit, screen, train and supervise foster parents.

Last year, roughly 30,000 Texas children spent at least one day in foster care or substitute care (for youth who have aged out of state responsibility but remain under supervision).

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