Commentary: Texas Foster Care Begs for Reform, Volunteers

Op-ed by Texas CASA CEO Vicki Spriggs in the San Antonio Express-News

In her recent op-ed for the San Antonio Express-News, Texas CASA CEO Vicki Spriggs discusses the ongoing crisis of children without suitable placements. In addition to offering policy recommendations, she outlines ways community members can step up to help ensure every child, whatever their circumstances, has a safe, caring place to live.

“The Texas foster care system is facing a capacity crisis: Hundreds of children and youth in Texas foster care have had nowhere to sleep but Child Protective Services offices, without showers, kitchens or comforts.

New legislation signed by Gov. Greg Abbott prohibits children in foster care sleeping in state offices. These children may now be sleeping in hotels and motels, supervised by caseworkers from CPS.

A hotel room with a bed and bathroom is better than an office building, but what’s missing is the loving, consistent caregiver these children need. CPS employees work tirelessly to help these children, but they can’t do it alone. A motel is no substitute for a home. These children need people in their lives who are consistently there for them and don’t have to leave at the end of a shift.”

Read the op-ed