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House tentatively OKs Senate bill to expand foster care privatization


Scrambling to find a solution to the problems that plague the state’s child welfare system, the Texas Legislature is one step closer to stripping the state of its responsibilities to provide major foster care services in certain parts of the state.

The Texas House on Thursday tentatively approved Senate Bill 11, filed by Sen. Charles Schwertner, R-Georgetown, which would expand “community-based foster care” to two areas in the state over the next two years. The state would have to transfer foster care case management, including caseworker visits, court-related duties and decision-making on where children live, learn and receive services, over to a nonprofit agency or a governmental entity.

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