Press Release
From the Office of State Senator Leticia Van de Putte

For Immediate Release
Friday, June 6, 2008
Contact: Tiffany Champion, (210) 733-6604

E-News from the Office of Senator Van de Putte

Dear Friend,

I hope this e-news finds you doing well. I am writing to send you the most recent developments on the ongoing case in Eldorado; and helpful information for you too.

Eldorado Update
As you may know, last week the Texas Supreme Court ruled the removal of children from the YFZ ranch in Eldorado by the Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) unconstitutional.

In response, on Monday, June 2, Judge Walther ordered DFPS to release the children from foster care; vacating their temporary orders of sole temporary managing conservatorship. DFPS began the process by contacting providers and mobilizing staff to the facilities.

All authorized persons taking custody of a child provided a thumbprint, and submitted to taking a photograph with the child. Additionally, each parent (managing conservator or legal guardian) shall attend and successfully complete standard parenting classes.

As of today, all of the children from the YFZ Ranch have been successfully reunited with their families, however DFPS's investigation of abuse and neglect will be ongoing. The safety and welfare of the children remains the goal in this case.

Employers for Education Excellence (EEE) Award
Since 1994, the State Board of Education (SBOE) has honored volunteers in public schools through the Heroes for Children Program. The SBOE has begun a new program honoring businesses that support and encourage their employees to work with students and volunteer in our state's public schools. The Employers for Education Excellence (EEE) Award was enacted last legislative session through Senate Bill 1433, which I authored and Rep. Patrick Rose (D-Dripping Springs) sponsored. The award is designed to honor employers implementing a policy to encourage and support employees who actively participate in school activities. Any employer in the state of Texas is eligible to apply, including private businesses or corporations, non-profit organizations, state and governmental agencies and educational entities who have who have at least one employee and meet the criteria. This serves as just a small token of our appreciation to those companies who allow their employees to make a difference in the lives of Texas children.

Businesses can submit an application to the Texas Education Agency; applications are available upon request by emailing Applications will be accepted from June 1 through July 31.

For additional information, call the Division of Educator Initiatives and Performance at (512) 936-6060.

Announcement from HOPE NOW
HOPE NOW, a partnership between lenders and non-profit housing counselors, want to assist homeowners having difficulty paying their mortgage.

On Tuesday, June 10, 2008, from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., HOPE NOW will hold a free event at the Live Oak Civic Center, located at 8101 Pat Booker Road, which will serve to help assist homeowners to preserve their home, by meeting one-on-one with lenders to devise a personal plan to avoid foreclosure.

For more information visit

Training on Human Trafficking
July 2-3, 2008, Catholic Charities of San Antonio will be hosting a FREE 2-day training session on Human Trafficking. The training is ideal for professionals working in law enforcement, social services, medical and mental health, legal services, victim’s advocacy, child welfare, community based services, faith-based outreach and advocacy.

This event is co-hosted by the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office and the South Texas Coalition Against Human Trafficking/Slavery; and funding is provided by the US Department of Justice Office for Victims of Crime.

For more information, please contact the Catholic Charities Anti-Human Trafficking Program:

Hilary Chester
(210) 242-3134

As always, please contact my office with any questions or concerns. Have a safe and enjoyable weekend!


District Office
700 N. St. Mary's St. #1725
San Antonio, Texas 78205
(210) 733-6604
(210) 733-6605 - fax