House Bill 1 Cuts Funding Needed to Keep Children Safe

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Jane Burstain /(512) 320-0222 x119

January 20, 2011

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Even in cases of abuse and neglect, the primary job of Child Protective Services (CPS), is to preserve families. With the resources the Legislature has provided to CPS in recent years, removals have dramatically declined so that now, in about eight of every 10 new cases opened for services, CPS avoids a removal and keeps the family intact.

The proposed state budget bill filed on Tuesday [House Bill (HB) 1] endangers all the progress CPS has made and threatens to push CPS back to the days when removals were high, children were sleeping in CPS offices and caseworkers were overwhelmed.