Texas not checking on thousands of kids at risk for abuse

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- Newly released records show that Texas child welfare investigators are still not promptly checking on thousands of kids at risk for abuse as the state grapples with a shortage of caseworkers.

The data released Tuesday by the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services is more evidence of a troubled system that Republican Gov. Greg Abbott has pledged to overhaul. He appointed new leadership in April but scores of at-risk children are still going unseen.
 

Around the Houston area alone, nearly 270 kids considered at serious risk never had a face-to-face visit with an investigator on any given day between March and September.

Texas struggles to retain low-paid caseworkers and had a turnover rate of 33 percent last year.  An Abbott spokesman says the governor will continue pushing reforms.

Up Next:


  • Popular

  • Recent

WATCH FOX 7 NEWS LIVE

FOX 7 News streams at the following times (all times Central):


Monday - Friday

4:30 a.m. - 10 a.m.

12 p.m. - 12:30 p.m.

5 p.m. - 6 p.m.

9 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.

Saturday

6 a.m. - 8 a.m.

6 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

9 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Sunday

6 a.m. - 8 a.m.

5 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

9 p.m. to 10 p.m.



Schedule subject to change in the event of network sports coverage.

We also stream press conferences and other breaking news coverage from time to time. When we are not in a live newscast, you will see replays of the most recent broadcast.

To enter full screen Mode click the button.

For closed captioning, click on the button while in full screen mode.

Desktop/tablet users: To choose the stream's video quality, click on the button (while in full screen mode) and choose from 432p or 270p.

Mobile users:The video quality default is to your phone's settings.

Please allow time for buffering. If the stream stalls, refresh your browser. Thanks for watching

Stories You May Be Interested In - Includes Advertiser Stories