Children in Foster Care

Rising number of child deaths in foster care 2

It seems it is almost once a month nowadays I hear that another child has died while in foster care. Between September 2011, and August 2013, the number of foster children who died from abuse or neglect while in care rose from two per year, to eight per year1. That’s a staggering increase if that trend holds up. Obviously, in such small numbers, its possible we are simply looking at a statistical variation, however, these are not freak occurrences. From my perspective, this raises some questions in regards to both licensing standards as well as the eyes on the ground in these cases.

As with most things, this is somewhat of a divided issue for me, because the more difficult you make it for people to become foster placements, the more good placements you might be eliminating from the pool. Additionally, it isn’t as though there is an excess of supply in this arena anyway, in fact quite the opposite. To a certain extent, when placing children, it is often somewhat of a “pick the best of what options exist” and if there are only a handful of bad options, you grit your teeth and cross your fingers and hope for the best.

In my opinion, however, this isn’t good enough for Texas children. This is not an area where a simple passing grade should be “good enough”, this should be an area we as a state strive to excel at. Obviously, some of the issue is a lack of funding, but the problem goes deeper than that. The best type of home for children is a foster home that is as close to a “real” home as possible, however, the supply of these quite simply does not meet the demand. Larger group homes pick up much of the slack here, but they often run into problems as frequently they are profit driven, and not focused on the best interests of the children.

The best solution here may be more direct involvement on the part of the state. The amount the state pays out through contracts is already pretty extensive and regulation of the private market here seems difficult. If the state ran their own group homes, or better yet, smaller home environments, then it would be much easier to regulate and much less variability in the level of care between one home and the next.

Regardless of the specific solution, though, it seems clear that SOMETHING needs to be done.



  1. Increase in foster child deaths prompts safety plan


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Mr. Hutton is a Divorce and Custody Lawyer based out of Round Rock, TX. His background is with child psychology at Arizona State University where he received a B.S. in 2006, and he continued this by working with the Children’s Right’s Clinic at the University of Texas School of Law where he received his J.D. in 2009. Throughout his practice, he has been a strong proponent of utilizing modern technology to improve his practice and the representation of his clients. He currently is the technology chair of CAFA of Travis County and is committed to improving and modernizing the practice of law in Texas. If you have any questions you can contact him at

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  • Jane Doe

    CPS was a federal funded program that came out of the Walter Mondale and Hilary Clinton collaborative on immigrants and the Safe Child Adoption Act. It never was meant to be a program that protects and defend children. It literally was used for the big pharma companies. You gotta have the lab rats. What’s really sad, is how we watched as children started being sexually assaulted, then died in foster care. Then we heard about how judge Cimarella and his juvenile justice investment and the high rates of deaths that showed up. Add on the Texas Mental Health facilities for children where a nurse testified about how the children were being sold for sex after hours for politicians, CEOS, police etc. She watched as teens started raping younger ones. The most disgusting thing in the state of Texas is the gluttony of the faux family courts. How bout that nice new family court building that’s PRIVATIZED and half is taxpayer funded by a judge whose attitude was we’ll just have to suck it up. The US is number one in the world for ALL child trafficking. The deaths don’t matter when they’re in CPS FOSTER CARE, just the federal funding. Russia and Vladimir Putin puts this Country to shame because we have such a sick system. After 2 Russia boys died in adopted in two different families, Putin pulled the plug on adopting children from Russia. The US, it doesn’t matter. Because it’s a network and we accept it. Do you believe in this trans child agenda? Or how about how our Texas Supreme Court Lemberg supported the decision that children don’t have to tell their parents they’re getting trans therapy and medication. It’s pathetic. Stop making legal excuses for what is supposed to be a Countrys priority. You don’t see half the suicide of children, murdered children, rape, or lgbtq in Russia that we celebrate. Call me homophobic I don’t care. Children are being robbed. And the Hilary Clinton Children’s Defense Fund. Well, just do a search on it. It’s been used as a CIA front for child trafficking and money laundering for a long time.
    Lawyers are supposed to be our advocates in protection of our rights and the Constitution. Instead, the Supreme Court controls the ABA in Texas and it’s a protection racket.
    You’re alive and breathing. You probably have a family. When it’s all illegally taken from you by lawyers who network with judges, CPS, FBI, and others, out of retribution for opening your mouth trying to protect yourself and your child while there’s children being bought from Vietnam, we don’t get to live.
    Family Law and CPS is the sin of this Country. Forgive my grammar, I have a hard time articulating details when it comes down to the truth. There’s just too many.