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Department of Health and Human Services

Office of Inspector General -- AUDIT

"Improvements Needed in Monitoring Child Placing Agencies in the Texas Foster Care Program," (A-06-94-00041)

August 5, 1995

Complete Text of Report is available in PDF format (1.95 MB). Copies can also be obtained by contacting the Office of Public Affairs at 202-619-1343.


This final report points out that the Texas Department of Protective and Regulatory Services (TDPRS) was unable to ensure that child placing agencies and their foster homes were meeting required standards, and that State case workers were monitoring the status of children while they were in the care of these homes. For example, in 18 cases the child placing agency case workers did not contact the children quarterly nor visit the foster home quarterly as required, in 28 cases there was no record showing that a background check was make on all adults who lived in the foster home, in 40 cases at least one fire and/or health deficiency was noted, and in 71 cases State case workers did not have the required contact with the foster children. Recommendations call for actions the TDPRS can take to assure the adequacy of performance by child placing agencies, foster homes, and State case workers.