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Foster Home Licensing Agency Had Prior Deficiencies

Updated: Tuesday, July 8 2014, 06:05 PM CDT

After a tragic drowning at Lake Georgetown that killed two children last weekend, the foster home that cared for the kids and the placement agency, Providence Kids, are now under scrutiny.

"When something this tragic happens, it is absolutely unacceptable and we will investigate and try to find out what exactly happened and if it could have been preventable," says Julie Moody, a spokesperson for the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services.

This isn't the first time Providence Kids has been investigated.

On the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services website we found the state cited Providence Kids for three deficiencies in the past two years.

In August 2012, a caregiver left a two-year-old in a golf cart with the ignition key turned on. In the report it states "the child then pushed the accelerator, causing the cart to move forward into a tree, hurting the child and his three-year-old sibling."

Also, in May 2013 a "foster parent failed to utilize safety measures that would help prevent a young toddler from climbing up or down the flight of stairs in the home."

A third entry said, "Administrative staff failed to ensure recommendations made by medical professionals were followed up promptly."

We visited the offices of Providence Kids and its affiliate Providence Service Corporation after several attempts to contact them by phone -- but no one would talk.

We do know Providence Kids received a letter from DFPS notifying them of the suspension of placements.

"Child protective services will go out and inspect the homes and speak with the kids and assess the situation to make sure the kids are safe in these homes and we won't be placing anymore children in providence kid's homes until we vet everything," says Moody.

By Lydia Patazes

Foster Home Licensing Agency Had Prior Deficiencies


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