Child Death Rates Drop In Texas

Even though more than 170 children died in Texas last year from neglect or abuse, that number is down 23 percent from the year before.

The figures from the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services how that the number of such deaths have fluctuated annually over the last eight years between 151 and 227.

The agency decided to pursue major reforms in Texas Child Protective Services amid child deaths, high worker turnover and problems seeing potentially abused children in a timely manner.

Child advocacy group TexProtects says the reforms likely contributed to the drop, but more needs to be done to prevent child deaths.

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