New Laws Will Help Keep Track of Foster Care Records

Published 05/31 2013 04:26PM

Updated 05/31 2013 05:45PM

Two new Texas laws will make sure the records of kids in foster care are as up-to-date as possible.

The laws, which take effect September first, will allow child protective services and CASAS or, court-appointed special advocates, to share information.

CPS and CASAS officials will now be able to share medical records and behavioral observations through two separate databases that will be created.

"Sometimes it takes the paper trail awhile to catch up with a kid in care, we're discovering that kids are prescribed sometimes two or three anti-depressants or two or three stimulants," says Wichita Falls CASAS Executive Director Ron Bryant.

Bryant says these new laws will help stop critical information on the children from being overlooked when they're case is being passed between CASAS and CPS.

Now the information would be updated immediately

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