COVID-19 Survival Kit

A handy guide for parents and families to thrive during the current health crisis Parenting is HARD work, and it’s work that can be even more difficult when we are facing stress and adversity. However, we know that there is nothing more important than the parent/child relationship in terms of future learning, behavior, and health. […]

Read More COVID-19 Survival Kit

Stay Informed and Learning During Social Distancing

Here is a short list of our team’s most compelling educational documentaries, shows, podcasts and books related to our mission to protect children from the trauma of abuse and neglect. With the practice of social distancing and more time at home in the days and weeks ahead, we encourage you to fill some extra down time you may have with mission-driven media that helps you stay engaged and connected to our work.

Read More Stay Informed and Learning During Social Distancing

Texas’ Child Maltreatment Fatality Data Shows There is Still Work to Do

The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) recently released their Child Maltreatment Fatalities and Near Fatalities Annual Report for Fiscal Year 2019. The report collects and provides context for the number of child deaths that occurred throughout the state, a troubling reminder that we have much more work to do in preventing child abuse and neglect. This year, there were a reported 235 confirmed abuse or neglect-related child fatalities in Texas, the highest number of fatalities we have seen in the last decade since it peaked in 2009 at 280 deaths.

Read More Texas’ Child Maltreatment Fatality Data Shows There is Still Work to Do

TexProtects Update from the Frontlines

On Jan. 30, TexProtects joined advocates from around the state at the Department of Family and Protective Services’ (DFPS) public hearing on the Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA). In the 86th legislative session, TexProtects championed S.B. 355 which directed DFPS to develop a strategic plan for the implementation of FFPSA. DFPS published their Texas Child Welfare Changing Landscape Action Plan several months ago, and this hearing offered the public an opportunity to provide feedback toward their planning process and the opportunities presented by FFPSA.

Read More TexProtects Update from the Frontlines

How To Get Involved During the Interim

During the interim, legislators and their staff spend more time in both their district and capitol offices, which means they have more bandwidth and availability to develop relationships and learn more about topics of interest. The voice that matters most to legislators, is the voice of their constituents. So while the work of session can often seem complicated, overwhelming, and better left to the professionals (which it’s not!), the interim is the period in which local providers, stakeholders, parents, teachers, and YOU can use their voice to speak up for Texas kids.

Read More How To Get Involved During the Interim

Texas Fined $50,000 A Day For Ignoring Court Orders On Overnight Supervision of Foster Kids in Group Settings

On November 5, 2019 – Eight years after a class action lawsuit was filed against the Texas foster care system and four years since U.S. District Judge Janis Jack of Corpus Christi first ruled treatment of children in the Texas foster care system unconstitutional – the state of Texas continues its battle in court. On […]

Read More Texas Fined $50,000 A Day For Ignoring Court Orders On Overnight Supervision of Foster Kids in Group Settings

OP-ED: Healthy Childhoods One of Many Ways to Prevent Violence

This op-ed was published in the Houston Chronicle, Corpus Christi Caller-Times, Longview News-Journal and Alice Echo News-Journal. By Sophie Phillips, TexProtects CEO Yet again, more mass shootings have our nation desperately searching for answers to difficult questions. How could they have been prevented? Some question whether prevention is within our reach.             This question sparks […]

Read More OP-ED: Healthy Childhoods One of Many Ways to Prevent Violence