New state data released by the Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) on Dec. 4, 2019, shows that, for the first time, more children are exiting than entering foster care. In FY 2019, the number of children leaving foster care exceeded the number entering care by more than 1,700 children!
In 2019, more than 20,000 children left Texas foster care, including more than 6,000 who were adopted. More than half of the adoptions – 3,095 – were by relatives, also a new record for CPS.
As noted in the Austin American Statesman article on this exciting news, the efforts of Texas CASA and Child Protective Services (CPS) to implement Collaborative Family Engagement in Texas is one contributing factor to this positive change. Another key factor to the increase in adoptions by family members is the increased financial support provided to kinship caregivers who provide care for child relatives.