Starting in the fall the state is rolling out several pieces of legislation aimed at overhauling its embattled child welfare system.
One of the most insignificant bills provides optimism for child advocates.
Under House Bill 4, which aims at redesigning the foster care model, the state will contract non-profits and organizations to place and monitor children.
The model known as community-based foster care isn't new to Abilene. In fact, Taylor County (Abilene) was part of a pilot program along with 60 other counties that were testing the collaboration effort out.
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