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

STATEMENT
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 25, 2009
Contact: Dave Nelson (512) 463-0112

FOSTER CARE REFORMS ADVANCES IN TEXAS SENATE

AUSTIN — Late yesterday evening the Senate Committee on Health & Human Services approved three bills authored by State Senator Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, to improve outcomes for abused and neglected children and to provide better support for individuals aging out of the foster system.

"These are children who have been through unimaginable hardships," said Senator Nelson, who authored major reforms to Child Protective Services in 2005 and the foster system in 2007. "Far too many of our foster children are becoming homeless after they age out of the foster system. We need to support them, ease their transition into adulthood and give them the best possible chance to lead successful, responsible and fulfilling lives."

Specifically, the committee approved SB 69, supporting foster families and for foster children aging out of the system, SB 493, improving services for children in the CPS system and expanding tuition benefits; and SB 1332, requiring courts to consider previous foster placements for children re-entering the system.

Key Provisions of SB 69:

Key Provisions of SB 493:

SENATOR JANE NELSON represents District 12, including portions of Tarrant and Denton Counties. She is Chairman of the Senate Committee on Health & Human Services.

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