Sen. Uresti Files Legislation to Improve Foster Care, CPS

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January 1, 2017

AUSTIN, TX — State Sen. Carlos Uresti joined Senator Jane Nelson and Senator Charles Schwertner as joint authors on Senate Bill 11, which aims to improve Child Protective Services (CPS) policies, contract oversight, and health care services for children and youth in foster care.

“We’ve heard from child welfare advocates, parents, medical professionals, and former foster care youth for years about their experiences with the foster care and CPS systems. This bi-partisan bill is an important step in improving outcomes and conditions for our most vulnerable children.” said Senator Carlos Uresti.

Uresti — an outspoken leader on behalf of survivors of abuse and neglect — said these changes will ensure that children with complex medical needs are assessed quickly, that state resources are spent wisely, and that our foster care providers are creating safe and supportive placements for kids in the system .

“While he did not heed my call for a special session, I hope Governor Abbott will move to declare fixing our CPS system an emergency item so we can get Senate Bill 11 moving immediately.” said Uresti.

Senate Bill 11 is one of several pieces of legislation Senator Carlos Uresti is working on to improve CPS and Texas’ foster care system.