Texas House passes child welfare reforms

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The Texas House on Thursday passed the last bill in a package of sweeping measures aimed at addressing a crisis in the state's child welfare system. After a lengthy debate, the House passed Senate Bill 11, a measure that would have Texas shift to a "community-based care" model for handling some endangered children and allowing contracted organizations — not just the resources-strapped state — to monitor children in foster care and adoptive homes. Under SB 11, by the end of 2019, the Department of Family and Protective Services would have to find eight areas in Texas to implement a new...

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