TX Comptroller Calls For Overhaul of Foster Care System - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

4/6/04

TX Comptroller Calls For Overhaul of Foster Care System

A sewage-spewing outdoor toilet, cold-water showers and a secret "seclusion" attic. These are just some of the conditions some Texas foster children are living in, according to the State Comptroller, Carole Keeton Strayhorn.

"The truth is some of these children are no better off in the care of the state than they were in the hands of abusive and negligent parents," said Strayhorn.

The comptroller released a lengthy report Tuesday resulting from an investigation her agency conducted over a 7-month period. Now Strayhorn is calling for a massive overhaul of the state's foster care system to better serve the 26,000 children in its custody.

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