AUSTIN, Texas -- Texas could be in for a costly future if it doesn't fix its foster care system. A $50,000 fine over what a judge calls foster care failures kicked in Friday.
Earlier this week, a federal judge slapped the state with the daily fine for ignoring orders to have foster children in group settings supervised around the clock by an awake adult. The fines will double next week and continue until court-appointed monitors confirm that all children placed in group care settings are being watched 24-7.
This is the same judge who ruled the state's foster care system unconstitutionally broken back in 2015.
The Texas attorney general's office says the foster care agency has demonstrated it's working "expeditiously" to comply.
Click the video link above to watch Dallas Morning News reporter Bob Garrett discuss the issue with Capital Tonight’s Karina Kling.