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Texas prepares for Family First Prevention Services Act

Texas is preparing to implement a recent federal law that provides funds for services to prevent children from entering foster care. The law also defines which group home settings qualify for federal funding. Texas has delayed implementing certain provisions of … Continue reading

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DFPS seeks funds to expand prevention and early intervention programs

As the Texas Legislature has examined state efforts to protect children and vulnerable adults from abuse, neglect, and exploitation, proposals have emerged to expand prevention and early intervention programs to help address problems before they escalate to the point where a child may … Continue reading

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DFPS to expand life skills assessment to younger foster youth

Under a new law enacted by the Texas Legislature this year, the Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) must conduct independent living skills assessments for a wider age range of youth in foster care. The assessment is used to identify the types … Continue reading

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Lawmakers review use of tuition waivers by former foster youth

Texas lawmakers this interim are considering ways to increase enrollment and retention of the state’s former foster youth in higher education. Relatively few complete post-secondary education, despite a Texas law that entitles certain former foster youth to free tuition and … Continue reading

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Lawmakers continue review of foster care redesign

As implementation of foster care redesign continues in Texas, lawmakers are reviewing the issue and could take it up during the 84th legislative session in 2015. Both the House Committee on Human Services and the Senate Committee on Health and Human Services … Continue reading

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