AUSTIN, TX (KCBD) – “If DFPS can’t protect vulnerable children, we have to clean the house from top to bottom.”
Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick released this statement today after establishing the Special Senate Committee on Child Protective Services. Senator Lois Kolkhorst, R-Brenham, will chair the committee:
“Everyone is innocent until proven guilty. However, if the abuse charges are true, those found guilty of abusing children in their care should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law. “Abuse of the very children they were paid to protect is an unspeakable crime. These children have suffered enough. To think that they thought they were protected, only to find that their nightmare was not over, is unthinkable.
“Last year, President Kolkhorst passed Senate Bill 1896, and in 2017 the Texas Senate passed Senate Bill 11, which together have been hailed by many as the most The most important reforms ever adopted for the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS). However, if the agency does not implement these reforms, nothing has changed. As previously planned, this committee will also be responsible for to review all matters at DFPS relating to past law reforms, the implementation of those reforms, and all ongoing work at the agency. We must continue to find the best solutions to find loving families for these children in risk.
The members of the Special Senate Committee on Child Protective Services are:
- Senator Lois Kolkhorst, R-Brenham, Chairman Senator Charles Perry, R-Lubbock, Vice Chairman
- Senator Brandon Creighton, R-Conroe
- Senator Joan Huffman, Senator R-Houston Jose Menendez, Senator D-San Antonio Borris Miles, Senator D-Houston Angela Paxton, Senator R-McKinney
- Former Senator John Carona, R-Dallas, ex-officio
“Sen. Paxton was adopted into a family and former Senator Carona adopted children into his family. Both have shown great interest in this matter, as have the other members of the committee.
“I have asked President Kolkhorst not to harm the leadership of the agency in these hearings. And if a trusteeship is necessary to run the agency, then that is what should be done.
“The work to reform the DFPS has been underway for some time, but after this story, the Texas Senate could not wait to address the agency’s serious issues.”
The Select Committee on Child Protective Services will report its findings to the Senate by December 1, 2022.
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