Texas is privatizing its child welfare system (Texas Monthly, 3/6/19). It’s a change that makes many child advocates uneasy.
As readers will remember, the Texas system has for years been a shambles. It’s been found by a federal judge to violate children’s civil rights and by an independent auditor to be chronically understaffed, overburdened and underfunded. Caseworker turnover approached the astonishing rate of 30% per year. And then there was the steady drumbeat of anecdotal evidence of children killed and injured, children known to be at risk by CPS. The most famous of those involved the 2016 death of a little girl in the Dallas – Fort Worth area. Her caseworker was swamped with 70 cases – five times the industry standard.