The Texas Public Policy Foundation lauded the passage of HB 567 from the full House to the Senate today, which would create greater protections for families from children being removed from homes and placed in foster care. The measure was overwhelmingly supported 143-5.

“House Bill 567 is proof that doing the right thing for children and their families knows no party label,” said Andrew Brown, Distinguished Senior Fellow of Child & Family Policy. “This bill prioritizes preserving and strengthening struggling families over removing children into foster care. We know that the act of separating a child from his or her family causes trauma to that child and should be a last resort. Thanks to the tireless work and leadership of Rep. James Frank and his joint authors, Rep. Gene Wu, Rep. Candy Noble, Rep. Harold Dutton, and Rep. Keith Bell, Texas is on its way toward creating a more compassionate and effective child welfare system.”