News reports show a persistent crisis at Texas’ Child Protective Services, where investigators missed a key deadline to meet with thousands of at-risk kids and dozens of children are sleeping in state offices due to a foster parent shortage.
For his part, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick – who has not been an adoptive or foster parent, according to spokesman Keith Elkins – called on the state’s “many faith-based communities” in advance of November’s National Adoption Month to “help identify homes open to children in need of foster care.”
“Thousands of children in Texas’ foster care system need your help,” Patrick said in an Oct. 17, 2016, press release. “They need safe and loving homes, and many are looking for a forever home.”
Patrick went on: “Several elected state officials have opened their homes to children in need of loving families and are working with me to inspire a statewide movement to answer this calling. I hope you and your family will consider doing the same.”
Hear how Patrick’s claim scored in the player above.