The Supreme Court of Texas has created the Permanent Judicial Commission for Children, Youth and Families to help courts better serve children in foster care and move them more quickly into permanent homes. Justice Harriet O'Neill will chair the 14-person commission that will function as an umbrella group for court-improvement efforts, including sharing best practices among courts and improving their accountability.
"We want to make our system more efficient and fair and protect our children with greater care. We've been told that children in foster care are often referred to as forgotten children. Today, we demonstrate by creating this commission that we have not forgotten these children," said Chief Justice Wallace B. Jefferson.