Texas foster care crisis worsens

 

SUBHEAD: Fast-growing numbers of children sleeping in offices, hotels and churches

BY REESE OXNER AND NEELAM BOHRA

The Texas Tribune

 

Prince Hayward was 6 or 7 years old the first time he spent the night on an office floor.

Hayward was ushered into a common area, and a caseworker fished out a mat for him to sleep on. His parents had lost temporary custody of him – again. The caseworker moved to another room, and Hayward lay there under the fluorescent lights, alone and wondering where he’d end up next.

From there he entered a revolving door of residential treatment centers, group homes, emergency shelters, a couple of foster homes and Child Protective Services offices. Sometimes other children were there, sometimes he was alone. Sometimes he was made to throw away part of his belongings before going to the office. Until he aged out of the system at


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