She wakes up to a sharp pain in her side -- someone kicking her, telling her to wake up, bitch. For a moment, she thinks it's her dad. Then she opens her eyes and sees it's Dean Corll, the electrician who's renting this house in Pasadena. She looks over and sees her friend Wayne Henley handcuffed, ... More >>
Here's what we know about Uneeda Newsome-Talley, and her foster care child placement agency, America's Angels: the agency is accused of negligence related to a foster parent's boyfriend allegedly raping a 13-year-old girl. We know that, in its two years of existence, the agency has repeatedly been ... More >>
CPS hands off kids to placement companies who send the kids to foster families. Something goes wrong, for example, a 13-year-old girl says she's been raped, and accountability vanishes along the way.
Most foster children in Texas are placed in their temporary homes through child placement agencies that contract with the state. These agencies are supposed to find and vet foster parents and monitor the homes. They are of course expected to place the safety and well-being of foster children above a ... More >>
A children's advocacy group can proceed with a class action lawsuit accusing the Texas Department of Family Services of depriving foster children of their Constitutional rights, a federal judge in Corpus Christi has ruled. The group, Children's Rights, sued DFPS in 2011, claiming that the more than ... More >>
A drug company accused of fraudulently promoting the antipsychotic Risperdal for use in Texas's Medicaid system has settled a state Attorney General's lawsuit for $158 million. The AG's office, one of several across the country to sue Janssen Pharmaceuticals (a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson) for ... More >>
The Texas Attorney General's Office says a drugmaker lied in order to push an antipsychotic on foster children. So why are kids as young as three still taking the drug?
Here's a riddle: If the Texas Attorney General sues a drug manufacturer for allegedly lying about the safety and efficacy of one of its antipsychotics, why would the state agency that oversees the foster care system still allow that drug to be given to kids as young as three? Why would the s ... More >>
Readers recount problems with DFPS
An Arlington-based company called Youth For Tomorrow labels kids but rarely comes into contact with them.
Some members of DFPS's Public-Private Partnership run facilities that have problems of their own.
A lawsuit alleges that 12,000 kids trapped in foster care with little chance of getting out are being exposed to abuse and neglect, shuttled around the state and denied health services.
Thousands of Texas foster children are subject to "immeasurable and permanent harm and are deprived of the opportunity for a safe children," according to a class-action lawsuit filed by a New York-based advocacy group against Governor Rick Perry and state child welfare officials. Filed in Ma ... More >>
Photos by GroovehouseSee more of the entries in the gingerbread dog house competition in our slideshow."I lived in Paris for two years; that's where I went to culinary school," explained pastry chef Rebecca Masson last night as she gestured to her entry in the 3rd annual Christmas Tail ginger ... More >>
I made this salmon! (Sort of.)There are plenty of nights that I feel up to cooking, but not nearly as many nights that I feel up to braving the grocery store's long, rush hour-style lines. And there are plenty of times I want to cook but don't want to go out and buy an entire pound of ground ... More >>
The actress isn't kidding around with her novel about rape and torture
A quick fix may only have created more problems for CPS and the families it serves
For years Tom DeLay has used nonprofits to help himself. Now the heat is on.
White Oleander is blond but ambitionless
He was hurt by his mother, ripped away from the foster parents who loved him and put in an institution where he was abused. That's when Alice and Ellery Riha really decided to fight.
Kindertransport sends insights on historical suffering