Texas Department of Family and Protective Services

  • Blogs

    November 6, 2014

    Texas Girl Was Taken Away From Parents Because They Smoked Pot, Only To Be Killed in Foster Care

    Little Alex Hill would have been turning four-years-old this Friday. But rather than celebrating their child's birthday, the toddler's parents have only the bitter consolation of seeing a judge in Milam County hand Alex's foster mother a life sentence for murder. The life sentence is a small victor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 1, 2014

    Medical Marijuana Refugees are Fleeing Texas to Help Their Loved Ones

    Sitting cross-legged on the floor in her apartment outside of Houston, Faith's mother looks over at the toddler repeatedly as she talks. There are no physical indicators that signal the start of a seizure, but Faith's mother can tell one is on its way. Everything about raising Faith involves watchi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 23, 2013

    Foster Care Agency in Child-Rape Lawsuit Doesn't Want You to See its State Contract Application

    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 >>

  • News

    December 15, 2011

    Down the Hatch: The Rothman Report

    A scathing, 86-page report called out doctors who "subverted scientific integrity" for money.

  • Blogs

    December 9, 2011

    East Texas Grinches Steal $20,000 of Foster Kids' Christmas Presents

    Come to think of it, not even this guy would approve of what these losers did​We spend a lot of time here wandering about in the pits of human depravity, but this one is about as depressing as it gets. Simply put, earlier this week, a thief or several thieves broke into the Longview storage f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 22, 2011

    Charles Fischer: Child Psychiatrist at State Home Accused of Molesting Boys Over Last 20 Years

    The Texas Medical Board has suspended the license of the chief child psychiatrist of a state-run treatment center for the mentally ill after the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services accused him of sexually assaulting teen boys in his care over the last 20 years. According to the board ... More >>

  • News

    June 2, 2011

    Broken System

    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.

  • Blogs

    April 18, 2011

    Jessica Tata: Legislature Acts to Help Increase Daycare Inspections

    Jessica Tata spurs lege to act​Blink once and you might have missed state rep Carol Alvarado's bill in the House Urban Affairs last week that offered at least one more stopgap measure to prevent the West Houston daycare fire that took the lives of four small children. Former day care operator ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 26, 2010

    Pasadena Family Feud Heads To The Courtroom

    ‚ÄčIt may never rise to the mythic stature of the Hatfield-McCoy family feud, but the Schmidt and Hinson families of Pasadena are doing their best to keep alive their long-standing neighborly donnybrook, which a month ago cost one woman her life.Before things turned deadly late 2009, the two familie ... More >>

  • News

    October 30, 2008

    A Mainstream Mormon's Test of Faith

    Seven months have passed since the polygamist raid in Eldorado, but the effects linger

  • Blogs

    May 22, 2008

    Court of Appeals Rules State Had No Right to Seize FLDS Kids

    Keith Plocek Send the little fundamentalists home. That was the decision earlier today as a state appellate court ruled that child welfare officials had no right to seize some of the more than 400 children they took into custody during a three-day raid in early April of the 1,700-acre Yearning F ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 8, 2008

    Unaccompanied Minors Allege Beatings at Immigrant Detention Center

    The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services is busy determining what to do with all the kids from the FLDS, but meanwhile, another group of children under TDFPS care is alleging abuse. Eight immigrant youths from the Hector Garza Treatment Center, a facility for unaccompanied minors, h ... More >>

  • News

    August 11, 2005

    Kiss and Tell

    Critics want the diocese to explain why this Roman Catholic priest is still celebrating Mass

  • News

    April 24, 2003

    A Hanging Offense

    Did the Devereux Treatment Center provide the care Cecilia Garrett needed or did it drive the young teenager to her death?

  • News

    March 27, 2003

    Fostering Abuse

    Did something go very wrong at Gloria and Kenny Rogersís group home in Brazoria County? Or are they and their kids victims of a power-hungry CPS?

  • News

    April 25, 2002

    Rock-A-Baby Bye-Bye

    A state program was supposed to give moms a safe place to drop off unwanted newborns. Then why are so many babies still ending up in the trash?

  • News

    October 18, 2001

    Saving Nicholas

    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.

  • News

    June 14, 2001

    Smear Campaign?

    Accusations of abuse closed "Mama" King's Galveston day care. But do they hold water?

  • News

    December 28, 2000

    Sue Me, Baby, One More Time

    Why Gary Gates won't let CPS walk away

  • News

    October 5, 2000

    A Father's Retribution

    Children's Protective Services thinks Gary Gates abuses his kids. Gary Gates thinks CPS abused his family. Who's abusing who?

  • News

    January 5, 1995