Texas Children's Justice Act

Development of a Method to Evaluate Bone Health of Infants and Young Children in the Medical Examiner Setting and Emergency Department

Child abuse cases form one of the most contentious areas of medicolegal investigation. Physicians are responsible for determining with reasonable medical certainty the cause of a specific injury pattern observed in a child.  This opinion must be rendered with comprehensive knowledge of the case, including: medical history, events surrounding… Continue Reading
Texas Children's Justice Act

Strengthening Our Response Through Informed Advocacy

Providing children in CPS' care with a quality education and a chance of educational success has been widely recognized as a need and a challenge.  The final report of the Texas Supreme Court Children's Commission, the Texas Blueprint: Transforming Education Outcomes for Children and Youth in Foster Care, outlines… Continue Reading
Texas Children's Justice Act

Strategies for Change - Enhancing Response to Children with Disabilities

Children with disabilities are at an increased risk of abuse and neglect and they delay reporting abuse longer than peers without disabilities.  Child maltreatment practitioners typically lack the skills and training to respond effectively to to reports of child abuse/neglect in this population.  Children with disabilities are also… Continue Reading



Bastrop Sheriff's Investigator Made Mistakes on 44 Cases


A Bastrop County Sheriff's Office investigator charged with investigating crimes against children - as well as adults - neglected as many as 44 criminal cases over two years, an internal…

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Travis County Prosecutes Less Than Half of Child Abuse Cases


Child Protective Services confirmed 233 victims of sexual abuse and 418 victims of physical abuse last year in Travis County, yet the district attorney's office prosecuted just a fraction of…

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Foster Care Reform Will Cost More Money

(Texas Observer)

Texas is pushing ahead with controversial reforms to the scandal-plagued foster care system despite a recent report that the overhaul is over budget.

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Did Law Enforcement Miss Opportunities to Help Colton Turner

(Austin American Statesman)

A state report recently faulted Child Protective Services for failing to protect Colton Turner, the 2-year-old boy whose remains police believe they found in an Austin field last month.


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CJA Three-Year Assessment


Texas CASA Conference

October 23, 2014
Moody Gardens Hotel, Spa and Convention Center Galveston, Texas

Join more than 600 CASA volunteers, staff and board members from the 71 statewide CASA programs for three days of workshops and speakers presenting their expertise and personal experiences in the child welfare system to help advocates enhance their skills to better serve abused and neglected children in foster care.

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11th Annual Seminar in Forensic Sciences - Child Abuse Prevention, Intervention, and Investigation

November 5, 2014
Isla Grande Resort South Padre, Texas

To provide up to date instructions for persons Involved in child abuse investigations: including Medical examiners, physicians, nurses, attorneys, law enforcement, forensic pathologists, coroners, social workers, CPS workers, emergency department, EMS personnel, school nurses, forensic nurse examiners and all other related professions. 

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