The State of Texas has agreed to new workload guidelines for three different types of state employees working within the foster care system. While these guidelines are not hard caps, they represent the first step towards addressing the state’s high caseload issues. The guidelines are a result of rulings from the federal lawsuit against the State of Texas by Children Rights to improve the care of children in the foster care system.
- Child Protective Services (CPS) conservatorship caseworkers will now have an internal caseload standard of 14-17 children. The state average for these workers currently is 17.6, with some counties averaging as high as 19.2.
- Child abuse investigators apart of the Child Protective Investigations division (separate from CPS) will have an internal caseload standard of 14-17 investigations. They are currently averaging a caseload of 23.9 investigations.
- Residential child care licensing inspectors will also have an internal caseload standard of 14-17 investigations. They are currently averaging 21.76 investigations.
The new guidelines will begin being applied to case distribution on Feb. 14, 2020. Read the full Dallas News article on the new guidelines.