State lawmakers took up a bill today that would outsource many of the responsibilities of the state’s Child Protective Services Agency to non-profit organizations.
House Bill 6 looks to implement what’s known as “community-based care” across the state. Representing CPS workers, the legislative director for the Texas State Employers Union testified against the proposal, arguing CPS workers could do the job, if properly funded.
Critics also say the state could lose oversight if different non-profits are tasked with watching over abused and neglected children. Supporters of HB 6 say community-based care will provide better services to foster care children and lead to faster adoptions.
“I think it’d definitely connect to foster families for then right then and there probably a little faster than what the current system does but these kids are staying closer so they can stay within their own schools, they are closer to families,” Nathan Buchanan Pastor/Foster Parent.
No action was taken after today’s public hearing. HB 6 was left pending in the house committee on human services.