Texas Tribune – Criminal Records Don’t Prohibit Child Care Work

Job applicants with some criminal history on their resumes have no problem getting approved to work among the state’s most vulnerable foster care children, according to a Texas Tribune/Houston Chronicle investigation.

A review of background check letters the Department of Family and Protective Services sent Daystar Residential Inc. — a Houston-area facility that made headlines for forcing disabled girls to fight each other — shows that dozens of potential workers were approved for hire by the state despite arrests ranging from prostitution to assault with a deadly weapon.

It’s unclear whether Daystar hired these workers; the state redacted all employee names. But their approval for employment raises questions about DFPS’ background check process as lawmakers meet in Austin today to discuss abuse and neglect within Texas’ 80 residential treatment centers for troubled kids.

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