During the most recent Federal Lawsuit Hearing in June, the plaintiffs representing Texas children asked the court to hold the State in contempt for continuing to violate court orders and constitutional guidelines. The attorneys representing Texas children have highlighted the State’s continued struggle to:
- Adequately inform children of their constitutional rights
- Properly monitor residential treatment centers
- Appropriately prescribe psychotropic drugs for kids in foster care
- Keep youth in care out of unlicensed child watch placements.
At the end of October, the court monitors released a new report regarding the Children Without Placement (CWOP) crisis. This report details numerous troubling and tragic incidents in CWOP locations across the State, with particular focus on placements in Bell County and Central Texas. This report includes specific details related to the children in these unlicensed placements in addition to pictures of some of the unlicensed placements. More details about this report and the Agency’s response are available to read here.
This hearing will differ from previous hearings due to the motions that have been filed. This hearing will likely be similar to a trial and it could last up to a week.
If you have any questions or would like more information as this lawsuit progresses, please email email@example.com. The Public Policy Team will continue to provide updates to the CASA network as promptly as possible.