An estimated 2.7 million Texans are at risk of losing their Medicaid insurance after the public health emergency expires on March 31.
“Denying [kids] access to things they need or forcing your culture on them at the expense of theirs is not in the best interest of the children,” one foster parent said.
Faith-Based Child Welfare Providers Threaten to Stop Services if ‘Religious Freedom’ Bill Doesn’t Pass
‘We're so busy fighting over social issues that we don't actually address abuse happening to children,’ one opponent of the bill said.
The proposal would also protect contractors who send children to parochial schools and deny abortion access to young women in their care.
It’s as if state lawmakers owned an amusement park with a roller coaster that chucks a few riders to their deaths every month: We should fix that, they say periodically.
Foster kids live at the juncture of two broken systems, and the state is slow to find a solution.
Texas’ foster care reforms were supposed to fix a deadly system. Instead, they might make it worse.