Today, the Texas Public Policy Foundation celebrates the passage of Senate Bill 593: groundbreaking legislation that will independently assess the rules, minimum standards, and contract requirements that apply to licensed child welfare service providers. As Texas continues work to improve its child welfare system and ensure that every child who enters foster care has a safe, stable placement, this legislation is a bipartisan step toward achieving this all-important goal.

“Senate Bill 593 will help streamline and simplify regulations governing our child welfare system to make it safer and more effective in serving the needs of Texas’ most vulnerable children,” said Andrew Brown, associate vice president of policy for TPPF. “This important legislation will help increase the number of high-quality service providers, foster homes, and adoptive families while improving the safety of children who enter the care of the state. We are grateful to Sen. Kevin Sparks and Rep. James Frank for their unwavering commitment to better caring for those in the child welfare system.”

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