States Providing More Protection for Endangered Kids

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Many states have taken steps this year to shield children from abuse and neglect, including adding caseworkers, tightening reporting requirements and expanding the definition of “abuse.” Some states and cities are pouring more money into child protection agencies. In Texas, where the foster care system was declared unconstitutional by a federal judge in 2015, legislators allocated $4 billion this year, up 17 percent, to shore up the state’s Department of Family and Protective Services, including hiring more caseworkers . . .

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