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



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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Cuts to Child Welfare Force States to Spend Smarter


The first report by the Urban Institute found that total federal expenditures on children by the federal government in 2013 were up from 2012, but still below what it spent…

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Number of Children in the Foster Care System on the Rise

(The Shawnee News-Star)

The report, released by the Department of Health and Human Services, says there were 402,378 children in the foster care system nationwide in 2013, the most recent year in which…

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Officers take child abuse investigation training

(Valley Morning Star)

Kimberly Treviño said she is interested in new updates on child abuse laws, so she can make better decisions. Trevino, a supervisor for Child Protective Services in Brownsville, was one…

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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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