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Beth Cortez-Neavel
Journalist + Editor
Journalist + Editor


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The Texas Observer's Emily DePrang and I worked diligently to report on the current Texas child welfare system's problems, with a focus on child safety. In fiscal year 2013 there was a high number of child abuse and neglect deaths of children who were in foster care at the time. 

Our article chronicles the story of one former foster youth, Crystal Bentley, as she was moved between traumatizing placements. Her narrative is incredibly representative of the multiple faults in the Texas child welfare system. Our article also untangles the intricate statewide initiative to privatize and reform foster care and discusses why advocates and some legislators are worried this new system redesign will make things worse, not better. 

Becoming a social media maven... slowly. 

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