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FIRE BREAKS OUT AND CAUSES SMOKE DAMAGE AT PLAINVIEW RAINBOW ROOM IN REGION 1

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AUGUST 18, 2023

by Anna Rigler 

A fire broke out on August 18th near a Rainbow Room located in Plainview, which is in Region 1 of the Texas Panhandle. The Rainbow Room sustained smoke damage, but luckily the fire did not spread to their building. The connecting building was a complete loss. The Child Welfare Board utilizes the Rainbow Room building for their board meetings, training, and the family visits with St. Francis are also conducted there. The Rainbow room houses emergency supplies that are given to the children and families who are in need who are involved with the CPS system.  

After Alleged Sexual assault ALLEGED SEXUAL ASSAULT OF TWO CHILDREN LIVING IN STATE CARE, ANOTHER FOSTER SHELTER CLOSES

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Texas Tribune

William Melhado

Published: January 20, 2023 at 5:00 AM

MARBLE FALLS — A religious nonprofit stopped letting Texas house foster kids in a facility it owns this fall, days after two teenage girls staying there snuck out and were allegedly sexually assaulted.

The girls were 13 and 16 when two men picked them up on the side of the road and allegedly assaulted them at a hotel in Burnet, roughly 14 miles north of Marble Falls, according to court documents. Burnet County, home to Marble Falls, is about an hour northwest of Austin.... (Please visit the link below for more information) 

In after-hours notice, Gov. Greg Abbott announces another leadership change for the Department of Family and Protective Services

Texas Tribune

Roxanna Asgarian

Published: November 28, 2022 at 8:08 PM Updated: November 28, 2022 at 8:15 PM

After a tumultuous three years at the Department of Family and Protective Services, Commissioner Jaime Masters is out of a job.

Gov. Greg Abbott announced Monday that Stephanie Muth, a consultant and a former Medicaid director at the Texas Health and Human Services Commission, will take over the top post in the new year.

Masters was appointed by Abbott in December 2019, taking the helm in the midst of an ongoing federal lawsuit against the state for the failures of its foster care system. Under her leadership, the department has come under fire for multiple high-profile issues.

The number of children without placement, referred to as “CWOP,” jumped from nearly 50 in August 2020 to about 400 in August 2021, with those children averaging 18 nights without a permanent home, the .... (Please visit the link below for more information) 

In after-hours notice, Gov Abbott announces another leadership change for the Department o

FLOOD OF 2,300 DEPARTING WORKERS LEAVES TEXAS CHILD WELFARE AGENCY SCRAMBLING: ‘ABSOLUTELY A CRISIS’

Posted August 25, 2022

“Nearly 2,300 employees have left the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services since the beginning of the year, stressing an agency that has already experienced some of the highest turnover rates of any large state department.”.... (Please visit the link below for more information) 

Posted April 8, 2022

“CROCKETT – April is Child Abuse Prevention Month and to commemorate the month, a ceremony was held on the steps of the Houston County Courthouse on April 1. Community and religious leaders, along with city and county officials were all on hand to mark the occasion.

Pastor Tim Allen opened the ceremony and said, “This ceremony falls on April Fool’s Day but we’re not foolin’. We’re going to wipe out child abuse. I am so proud of this county, the child welfare board, CPS, law enforcement and our judges. Together, we are going to wipe it out.”.... (Please visit the link below for more information) 

APRIL IS CHILD ABUSE PREVENTION MONTH

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MISSION RESIDENT SENTENCED FOR STEALING MORE THAN $40K FROM NONPROFIT

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November 19, 2021

A 70-year-old Mission resident convicted of stealing more than $44,000 from the Hidalgo County Child Welfare Board has been sentenced to 10 years probation. Maria Alicia De Leon, the nonprofit’s former treasurer, is also required to pay restitution of $37,800 to the board. She pleaded guilty last week to theft, more than $30,000 but less.... (Please visit the link below for more information) 

LETTER: Helping children

Tim Allen, Crockett, President Texas Council of Child Welfare Boards

September 29. 2021

Last week, the Texas Council of Child Welfare Boards met in Austin for its first in-person meeting since February of 2020. The council is made up of representatives from across the state representing 192 county child welfare boards and more than 2,000 Texans appointed by their commissioners courts.

A report was received that while on a normal day there had been about 30 children per day without placement, there are now about 160. Child welfare boards are helping address this situation by providing meal trains, laundry trains, activities and funds for children in CWOP. There is recognition that this is a very complex ... (Please visit the link below for more information) 

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