Children's Hope Residential Services campuses shut down during state investigation

Published: Feb. 2, 2016 at 4:43 AM CST|Updated: May. 19, 2016 at 2:27 PM CDT
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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services shut down two campuses run by Children's Hope Residential Services on Monday.

The state is investigating campuses at 2402 Canyon Lake Drive in Lubbock and 500 West Avenue in Levelland for multiple compliance violations.

RELATED LINK: Full list of violations from Lubbock campus

Children's Hope CEO James Aldrich said they worked with the department to move the children by bus to "home-type living" while the investigation is underway.

The most recent violation at the Lubbock campus was in September 2015.

In the past two years, the West campus in Levelland has listed 14 high-rated violations.

RELATED LINK: Full violation list Children's Hope Residential Services Inc - West

The offenses reported at the Levelland campus in 2015 range from a staff member pulling a child's hair as a form of discipline, to punishing the children for not going to sleep by making them go outside without proper clothing for the weather.

Five children reported that two staff members hit or kicked children.

But Aldrich says these Children's Hope Services campuses closed on their own terms, to pursue foster home care.

He says the nearly 100 employees were not notified until Monday so they would not try to find other jobs and put the children at risk.

"We have to maintain ratios to keep the children safe," he said, "and one of our concerns was if we told them about our plan, they might pursue jobs elsewhere and kind of leave the children."

We will continue update this story as the investigation continues.

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