Texas objects to recommended foster-care changes
Posted November 22
DALLAS — Texas is objecting to policy revisions recommended by experts chosen by a federal judge to overhaul its troubled foster care system, including a proposed ban on children sleeping in state offices.
The state detailed its objections in a court filing Monday. Among the state's arguments were that the court's findings of unconstitutional violations regarding those in long-term foster case were "unsupported by reliable expert testimony or other competent, admissible evidence."
U.S. District Judge Janis Graham Jack issued her opinion in December and ordered the independent overhaul. The trial included testimony from young adults talking about suffering abuse while in foster care.
New York-based advocacy group Children's Rights filed the lawsuit and had no objections to the recommendations issued earlier this month.
The recommendations are being reviewed by the judge.