Community partners given update on CPS changes to foster care system

Increased emphasis on accountability within agency

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SAN ANTONIO – The Texas foster care system is an agency in transition, after the deaths of several children in foster care.

There was a gathering of community partners and charitable groups Tuesday who got a report card of sorts on the effect those changes are having in Bexar County.

Now when children are removed from their parents because of abuse and neglect more than 60 percent are placed with relatives for foster care.

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Those relatives also get more resources to help provide for the kids and there's more emphasis on accountability within the agency.

"Because the consequences of not being accountable for our actions can have a negative impact on a child," Region 8 director Erica Banuelos said.

She also said in Bexar County data is being used more proactively to spot trends and patterns.

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The goal is to improve the ability of CPS workers to see when something is not working and make a "course correction before it's too late."

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