Texas Gov. Greg Abbott calls child welfare backlog "completely unacceptable"

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is ordering action at the state's beleaguered child welfare agency that has shown no progress in reducing the number of vulnerable kids going unseen by investigators.

AUSTIN (AP) - Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is ordering action at the state's beleaguered child welfare agency that has shown no progress in reducing the number of vulnerable kids going unseen by investigators.

Abbott said Wednesday it was "completely unacceptable" that the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services isn't making timely visits with thousands of kids who are considered high risk for abuse or neglect. He ordered the agency to swiftly submit plans to hire and train more investigators.

The directive comes seven months after Abbott installed new leadership over child protective services. His choice for a new commissioner was Hank Whitman, a retired Texas Ranger who had no prior child welfare experience.

Hundreds of at-risk kids in Texas each day have continued to go unseen by investigators since the agency shakeup.


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