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2011 - Doorways to Delinquency
about two-thirds of youth referred to King County’s (NY) juvenile justice system on an offender matter in 2006 have had some form of involvement in our state’s child welfare system. Moreover, involvement in child welfare is related to worse outcomes in the juvenile justice system on many levels – such as time spent in detention and recidivism – when compared to youth with no or limited involvement in the child welfare system. These outcomes, particularly for youth of color and females, worsened if the youth had more extensive involvement in the child welfare system.

March 31, 2011 - Institutionalized Children in PMC Foster Care of Texas DFPS Sued Rick Perry in Federal Court
Children in Texas PMC Foster Care, - M.D., by her next friend, Sarah R. Stukenberg, et. al. Versus Rick Perry, Governor; Thomas Suehs, Executive Commissioner of Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC); Anne Heiligenstein, Commissioner of the Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS), in The US District Court Southern District Of Texas, Corpus Christi Division

  • Violations of Civil Rights of Children in Texas State Foster Care
  • In 2009, 6,400 children – over one-quarter of all children in Texas’s PMC – had been in foster care for more than three years.
  • As of May 2010, roughly 500 children had been in Texas state custody for more than ten years.
  • As of August 2010, nearly three-quarters of children in the state’s PMC were legally free for adoption, languishing in state care
  • Federal Lawsuit contains information about the Status of Children in PMC, residential foster care in 2011
Hope4KidZ recommends Texas Judges require a Best Interest Evaluation for Children in Institutional Foster Care, with consideration given for changes that occur with children and families, allowing older children to return home immediately.

Texas Appleseed, August 20, 2010 - "Improving the Lives of Children in Long-Term Foster Care: The Role of Texas’ Courts and Legal System"
Judges required to have stronger role in achieving permanence

Children's Commission, February 18, 2010, Executive Summary from the Round Table Series. Children in the Permanent Managing Conservatorship of the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services
Children's Commission, DFPS data shows that as of August 2009, 1 in every 4 children in state custody had been in care for three or more years

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"[...] copies of readily available public information of 50 pages or less, or material costing $5.00 or less (from this Fee Schedule), will be provided free of charge. Adoptive parents, adult adoptees, and adult victims of child abuse or neglect are not charged for the first copy of the record."

Fill Out Form 4885 to obtain a redacted copy of the case file from DFPS. Do not expect a response if you do not completely fill out the form. Be prepared to receive a letter asking for more information. Send completed form by Faxcertified, Return Receipt .

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Adoption and Safe Families Act of 1997 ~ Amended 1998
Public Law 105-89 - 105th Congress
An Act promoting the adoption of children in foster care and limiting the amount of time state social services is allowed to keep children in foster care; especially PMC Care.

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