Texas currently experiencing shortage of foster homes

A shortage of foster homes in the state of Texas left over two dozen children statewide to spend at least two nights sleeping in state offices in April 2016. In March, 42 children stayed the night in a child welfare office. New figures on where the state houses children were first reported by the Austin-American Statesman.

A representative from the Austin-based non-profit organization Texans Care for Children said that if there were fewer caseloads, more time would be allocated to finding more appropriate shelters for children. United States District Judge Janis Graham Jack said the fact that there are 30,000 children in homes and institutional settings makes the system “broken”, and that it is “especially true for those labeled permanent wards of the state” who “almost uniformly leave state custody more damaged than when they entered.” For his part, Family and Protective Services commissioner John Specia said, “Every failure hurts and must be scrutinized so we can learn.”

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Woman accused of injuring child resumes imprisonment after violating terms of bond

Twenty-four-year-old Brownwood resident Dedra Crider, who was indicted in 2014 for allegedly hurting her infant son, was ordered back to prison by Brown County Court-at-Law Judge Sam Moss, who is the sitting judge of the 35th District Court, after Crider violated the terms of her bond.

Moss had Crider rearrested on Thursday, April 21 and increased her bail from $25,000 to $75,000. This ruling came after it was found by officials that Crider had not only been using marijuana and methamphetamine, but also leaving her home while under house arrest.

Crider received an indictment in November 2014 for allegedly hurting her infant son by “shaking the child or throwing the child or causing blunt force trauma”. Said infant was taken from her custody when he was five-months-old, court records showed.

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