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An Assessment of the Economic Implications of Redesigning the Foster Care System in Selected Counties and the State of Texas
Report Published on April 22, 2016

More than 16,000 Texas children are presently in foster care. This crucial safety net for thousands of the state's most vulnerable residents has experienced challenges in recent years and is in the process of evolving in an innovative manner to better meet the needs of the affected young people at a critical juncture in their lives. While the primary consideration in any conversation related to transforming the foster care system must always be the well-being of the children and families who are affected, improvements also involve quantifiable economic benefits in the form of reduced social costs and increased earnings and productivity. Analyzing these economic benefits can help inform discussion of future strategic plans, particularly given the reality of tight budgets for social services.

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The Economic Costs of Child Maltreatment
Infographic Published on November 13, 2014

Every year, millions of children in the United States suffer from some type of abuse or neglect. Even beyond the horrific physical and mental costs of child maltreatment, there is also a tremendous economic cost. This infographic summarizes some of the key findings in our report, Suffer the Children: An Assessment of the Economic Costs of Child Maltreatment.

Child Maltreatment Is a Trillion‑dollar Drain on the Economy
Press Release Released on November 10, 2014

In addition to the very real and often lifelong effects on the individuals involved, child maltreatment also imposes substantial economic costs which can be quantified in a comprehensive manner. When properly measured, child maltreatment drains literally trillions of dollars in long-term business activity.

What economic impact does inadequate child protection have, and how would taking care of these issues pay off?
Radio Spot Broadcast via Texas State Networks on November 10, 2016

We have reported frequently on the state's troubled Child Protective Services and Foster Care system, and Dr. Perryman says it is important for the legislature to get serious about finding ways to make it perform more efficiently.

How are "boomerang children" affecting the Texas economy?
Radio Spot Broadcast via Texas State Networks on June 28, 2016

A new report finds Texas with a sizable number of "boomerang children," those 25 and older and still living at home; Dr. Perryman says it presents many challenges.

A Texas Crisis: Toward Reducing Child Maltreatment
Column Published in syndication November 16, 2016

There is no social issue more important than protecting children from abuse and neglect. At present, millions of children in the United States are living in households where abuse occurs. More than three million experienced abuse for the first time this year, and many will continue to be maltreated. It's nothing short of tragic, and the consequences for the children involved often last a lifetime.

Foster Care Redesign
Column Published in syndication September 14, 2016

More than 16,000 Texas children are presently in foster care. However, this crucial safety net for thousands of the state's most vulnerable residents has experienced challenges in recent years. Children are spending nights in offices and hotels because there aren't enough places to stay, reports of ongoing abuse and neglect make headlines, a federal judge called the system broken and mandated changes, and it is difficult to keep caseworkers from quitting.