Sunday, November 27, 2016
Texas Politicians Are Failing To Protect "At Risk" Children
Why? The graphic to the left (from the Dallas Morning News) is telling. Texas has been trying to do the job on the cheap -- funding the effort at less than half of the per capita funding is for the nation as a whole. Child Protective Services does not receive adequate funding to do the job right.
There aren't enough caseworkers (and foster homes) to protect all of the children that are in need -- and those that the agency has are underpaid for the difficult job they are tasked to do (causing a huge turnover in the agency).
State government (controlled by Republicans) is trying to blame leadership at the state agency. But they should be blaming themselves. Even the best leaders cannot do the job without adequate funding, which they have been denied.
In the last couple of decades, state politicians have been concerned with only one thing -- cutting taxes for the rich. This has been done by cutting the budgets of all state agencies, including Child Protective Services (which was already underfunded).
The legislature (still controlled by Republicans) will meet again in January, and they have a decision to make. Is cutting taxes more for the rich more important than protecting the "at risk" children of Texas? Some politicians will probably try to tell us they can do both. That is a lie.
It's time for the politicians to do their primary job -- protecting the citizens of the state, especially the children. Anything less is unthinkable.