Raymond leads Committee’s evaluation of the state’s foster care redesign

By: Matt McGovern Email
By: Matt McGovern Email
The House Human Services Committee, chaired by Representative Richard Peña Raymond, heard nearly nine hours of detailed testimony related to the redesign of the state’s foster care system.

The Foster Care Redesign concept is based on contracting with a single entity within various geographic areas to provide foster care services.

AUSTIN, TX (Texas House of Representatives) - The House Human Services Committee, chaired by Representative Richard Peña Raymond, heard nearly nine hours of detailed and at times emotional testimony on Tuesday related to the redesign of the state’s foster care system.

The House Speaker has directed Rep. Raymond’s committee to study and evaluate the Department of Family and Protective Service’s (DFPS) rollout of its redesign of the foster care system. Legislation directing DFPS to implement Foster Care Redesign was vetted and approved by Rep. Raymond’s committee and ultimately passed by the Texas Legislature in 2011.

The new system is being rolled-out in stages. Foster care redesign has been implemented in DFPS Regions 2 and 9, which covers about 60 mostly rural West Texas counties and Region 3 which includes urban Tarrant County and six surrounding counties.

The Foster Care Redesign concept is based on contracting with a single entity within various geographic areas to provide foster care services. The contractor is responsible for securing foster homes or other living arrangements for children in state care and providing them with services. The goal of the system redesign is to keep children and youth closer to home, their communities and siblings; improve the quality of care and outcomes for children and youth; and reducing the number of times children are moved from one foster home to another.

In addition to the interim charge on Foster Care Redesign, Rep. Raymond’s committee also heard testimony on the state’s ongoing efforts to place foster children with families though the formal adoption process.


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