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Saturday, September 23 • 8:30am - 9:30am
We Reformed Foster Care. Now What?

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Progress was made on the 85th legislative session’s top priority, but there’s more work to be done

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Moderators
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Edgar Walters (mod.)

Reporter for The Texas Tribune
Walters is an investigative reporter for The Texas Tribune, where he started as an intern in 2013. Previously, he had a political reporting fellowship with the Berliner Zeitung, a daily newspaper in Berlin. He is a graduate of the Plan II Honors Program at The University of Texas... Read More →

Speakers
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Cindy Burkett

State Representative
Burkett, R-Sunnyvale, has represented House District 113 since 2011. She chairs the House Redistricting Committee and sits on the Transportation, Local & Consent Calendars, and Public Health committees. Burkett previously served as a legislative aide and deputy regional director... Read More →
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James Frank

State Representative
Frank, R-Wichita Falls, has represented House District 69 since 2013. He serves as vice chairman of the House Human Services Committee and sits on the Local & Consent Calendars and Natural Resources committees. In the 85th legislative session, Frank sponsored House Bill 5 and Hou... Read More →
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Ina Minjarez

State Representative
Minjarez, D-San Antonio, has represented House District 124 since a 2015 special election. She sits on the House Human Services, Local & Consent, Calendars, and Transportation committees. She has her own private law practice where she represents child abuse victims in Child Prote... Read More →
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Hank Whitman

Commissioner for the Department of Family and Protective Services
Whitman was appointed commissioner by Gov. Greg Abbott in 2016 to reform and repair the state’s foster care system. Previously, he spent 22 years with the Texas Department of Public Safety, serving as chief of the Texas Rangers. Whitman also served as president of Whitman Consult... Read More →
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Gene Wu

State Representative
Wu, D-Houston, has represented House District 137 since 2013. He sits on the House Appropriations and Human Services committees. In the 85th legislative session, Wu co-authored and passed House Bill 7, a CPS overhaul bill reforming court processes and procedure for child welfare... Read More →


Saturday September 23, 2017 8:30am - 9:30am
Texas Union, Santa Rita Room 2247 Guadalupe, Austin, Texas 78705