TX Foster Care Bill of Rights modified to remove references to sexual, gender identity, religion
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TX Foster Care Bill of Rights modified to remove references to sexual, gender identity, religion


INVOLVED IN ANIMAL RESEARCH. KXAN HAS DISCOVERED CHANGES TO THE LANGUAGE OF A BILL OF RIGHTS THAT PROMISES FAIR TREATMENT FOR FOSTER CHILDREN IN TEXAS. THE BILL INCLUDES BASICS LIKE THE RIGHT TO LIVE IN A SAFE, HEALTHY AND COMFORTABLE PLACE.. AND TO GO TO SCHOOL. BUT NOW, MISSING FROM IT.. GUARANTEES OF FAIR TREATMENT FOR YOUNG PEOPLE WHO AREN’T SURE OF THEIR GENDER IDENTITY OR SEXUAL ORIENTATION. SO– WHY THE SUDDEN CHANGE? KXAN INVESTIGATOR ROBERT MAXWELL GOT SOME ANSWERS. ADRIAN GASPAR NOW 27 – SAYS HE GREW UP IN FOSTER CARE. HE WAS AWARE OF WRITTEN PROTECTIONS THAT PROMISED HIM FAIR TREATMENT AS A YOUNG MAN WHO IDENTIFIED AS GAY.MUCH OF ORIGINAL BILL OF RIGHTS REMAINS ON THE AGENCY WEBSITE IT’S RIGHT HERE IN CLAUSE 5 ‘FAIR TREATMENT FOR â|SEXUAL ORIENTATION.’NOW, ON THE NEW PRINTABLE VERSION OF A RELATED FORM, THE LINE IS GONE – WITH CONSEQUENCES GASPAR BELIEVES. IT GIVES TOO MUCH LEVERAGE TO FOSTER CAREGIVERSâ| I EXPERIENCED IT DIRECTLY. I HAD A FOSTER MOTHER WHO ASKED IF I BELIEVED IN JESUS CHRIST AND IF I KNEW THAT BEING GAY WAS WRONG. ALSO GONE, LANGUAGE PROMISING FAIR TREATMENT OF GENDER IDENTITY. AS WELL, KXAN HAS LEARNED A LONGER DECLARATION ON RELIGION THAT PROMISED FOSTER KIDS A CHOICE TO PRACTICE OR “NOT TO PRACTICE” HAS BEEN SHORTENED TO A ONE-LINE ITEM – TO ‘HAVE RELIGIOUS NEEDS MET.’ BY REMOVING THE PREVIOUS LANGUAGE THEY’RE BEING FORCED TO CHOOSE SOME RELIGIOUS NEED WHEN PREVIOUSLY THAT WASN’T REALLY NECESSARY. FS AN EMAILED STATEMENT FROM DFPS SAYS “THE LANGUAGE WAS MODIFIED SO THAT IT WOULD BE CONSISTENT WITH THE STANDARDS THAT WE HAVE ESTABLISHED FOR THE CARE AND TREATMENT OF FOSTER CHILDREN.” A DFPS SPOKESMAN SAID HE WAS NOT AWARE OF ANY POLITICAL MOTIVATION FOR THE CHANGES. LAST MAY, LT. GOVERNOR DAN PATRICK LAUNCHED A FAITH-BASED COLLABORATION TO BOOST THE NUMBER OF FOSTER CARE FAMILIES. N AUSTIN RM KXAN INVESTIGATES. DFPS TELLS US REGARDLESS OF WHAT THE DOCUMENTS ONLINE SAY, THEY ARE FOR REFERENCE AND INFORMATION ONLY, AND DO NOT DIMINISH THE LEGAL PROTECTIONS FOR ANY FOSTER CHILD OR YOUTH IN CARE. WE REACHED OUT TO ONE OF THE DEMOCRATIC AUTHORS OF THE FOSTER CARE BILL OF RIGHTS, SENATOR CARLOS URESTI. HE TELLS US BY EMAIL HE HOPES ANY MODIFICATIONS ARE MADE IN CONSULTATION WITH YOUNG PEOPLE IN FOSTER CARE AND ARE RESPECTFUL OF THEIR MANY DIVERSE BACKGROUNDS AND BELIEFS. A BILL TO REFORM CHILD PROTECTIVE SERVICES -WILL GET A FLOOR VOTE IN THE SENATE. SENATE BILL 11 WOULD PROMISE TIMELY SERVICES FOR CHILDREN IN FOSTER CARE – INCREASE THE NUMBER OF CHILDREN THAT CAN BE HELPED –

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