Senator Jane Nelson
P.O. Box 12068, State Capitol
Austin, Texas 78711
Tel. (512) 463-0112
Fax (512) 463-0923

NEWS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

February 19, 2007
Contact: Dave Nelson
(512) 463-0112

SENATOR NELSON OFFERS NEW REFORMS FOR CPS, FOSTER CARE

AUSTIN -- Senator Jane Nelson, R-Lewisville, today filed legislation (SB 758) with the goal of continuing reforms at Child Protective Services and strengthening oversight of the foster care system.

"There are many signs of progress in our ongoing protective services reform effort. However, we are clearly not where the Legislature intended two years after passing SB 6," Senator Nelson said, referring to the bill she authored last session in response to a series of tragedies involving abused and neglected children. "SB 758 further refines our efforts to protect abused and neglected children and focuses heavily on ensuring they have access to safe, loving foster homes. Quite candidly, oversight has broken down in our foster system and has unfortunately led to preventable tragedies."

In addition to filing SB 758, Senator Nelson said she would work through the appropriations process on efforts to reduce caseloads and improve retention of CPS caseworkers. SB 758:

Senator Nelson represents District 12, which includes several communities in Tarrant and Denton counties.

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