Opinion: Arresting Children in Foster Care Adds to Their Trauma

Op-ed by Texas CASA CEO Vicki Spriggs

“For kids in foster care, one trauma-induced outburst can lead to a lifelong entanglement with the criminal justice system — a system that costs taxpayers billions every year. Many of these children have spent their lives at the mercy of circumstances beyond their control. The least we can do is give them just a little more time to be kids without worrying they’ll be taken into custody for it.”

In her latest op-ed for the Houston Chronicle, Texas CASA CEO Vicki Spriggs takes on the intersection between foster care and juvenile justice, the importance of trauma-informed care, and bills we’re supporting this session that would help keep kids out of the juvenile justice system so that they can continue to heal.

Read the Op-ed