Over the years, Angel Eyes Over Texas has tracked various types of data dealing with child abuse, one of which is abuse fatalities. Look at the charts below.
The chart below shows Texas Child Abuse Fatalities from FY2003 til FY2018.
You will notice two spikes. The one in FY2009 may have triggered some changes that started that downward trend until FY2014. Wasn’t the Sunset review of DFPS in FY2014? Many were unhappy with what happened with Sunset. Feeling unheard.
Doesn’t it appear that the rate is ramping back up. But it appears the overall trend continues to curve downward. This is a good thing. I think.
Another thing other than Sunset we have to remember is the 2015 Valentines Day Manicure of the CPS Handbook. Where an estimated 450 pages and 170 topics were deleted from the CPS Handbook. Where the department felt these were policies, AEovrT has always contended that they were procedures necessary to the proper operation of CPS. Makes one wonder.
But we can not just look at the number, we must compare it to the population. As always, the death rate in the general public continues to be the lowest death rate. The red data points indicate the ratio between the public and substitute care. Makes one wonder if the is ever a need to remove a child.