Judge calls out Texas foster care chief as teen runs away for 5th time


An Abilene judge has ordered the leader of Texas Child Protective Services to show up in court Wednesday to explain why his agency can’t keep a 14-year-old girl from repeatedly running away from foster care.

Department of Family and Protective Services Commissioner Hank Whitman — who runs Child Protective Services — has been directed by State District Judge Paul Rotenberry to appear in his courtroombecause the teenager has run away from foster care five times since April. Rotenberry wants Whitman to explain why the agency has not been able to “provide care, control and protection” of the girl, according to court documents.

The girl was the subject of a statewide Amber Alert when she ran away from foster care in 2017. The Texas Department of Public Safety said the then-13-year-old was involved with an adult and was possibly being given drugs.

Whitman is expected to appear at the hearing. The agency declined to discuss the details of the case.

For more on the risks to foster children who run away, and what agencies in the Austin area do to stop it, visit MyStatesman.com



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