AUSTIN - Newly released records show that Texas child welfare investigators are still not promptly checking on thousands of kids at risk for abuse as the state grapples with a shortage of caseworkers.
The data released Tuesday by the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services is more evidence of a troubled system that Republican Gov. Greg Abbott has pledged to overhaul. He appointed new leadership in April but scores of at-risk children are still going unseen.
Around the Houston area alone, nearly 270 kids considered at serious risk never had a face-to-face visit with an investigator on any given day between March and September.
Texas struggles to retain low-paid caseworkers and had a turnover rate of 33 percent last year.
An Abbott spokesman says the governor will continue pushing reforms.
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