|Abbott’s CPS negligence
Abbott: "You will cast thousands of votes this session. Few will involve life or death decisions. Your vote on CPS is one of them.
"Last year, more than 100 children died in our Child Protective System.
"You can vote to end that."
The first duty of public servants is to keep Texans safe – especially our children. Greg Abbott failed his solemn duty by making a broken Child Protective Service (CPS) system even worse. After Abbott took personal responsibility for reforming CPS, children died at a higher rate than before he weighed in:
- FACT: Abbott’s reforms last year have done nothing to protect Texas children, and have possibly made things worse. The Dallas Morning News wrote, “despite Abbott’s heavy hand, Child Protective Services has been in a state of perpetual crisis under his watch and, by nearly every metric, has gotten worse at protecting children.”
- FACT: Under Abbott’s watch, the rate of Texas children who have died or been neglected has been on the rise, according to the Dallas Morning News, “Data obtained through an open records request shows that more Texas children died of abuse and neglect since the governor's office began applying pressure on the agency to improve last year. In fiscal year 2016, at least 202 Texas children died because of maltreatment, compared with 173 the year before. That toll will probably rise as the state reviews 123 more fatalities.”