Drug cases overloading Abilene CPS workers

ABILENE, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) - Abilene's Child Protective Services office currently has the highest number of cases per worker in the State of Texas, most of which are drug related.

The Head of the Child Welfare Board addressed Taylor County commissioners during budget hearings last week, saying Abilene's CPS office has 455 children in their custody, and 40% of those children have been placed with relatives because Taylor County is low on foster homes.

20 additional workers were recently hired to offset this large influx of children, but even with the new hires, CPS workers in Abilene's office are handling an average of 36 cases each - the highest caseload in the State of Texas

The Welfare Board Head also stated that 60% of the children (ages 0-5) in their custody are testing positive for drugs, a statistic that's largely due to methamphetamine usage within Taylor County.

Judge Downing Bolls is calling the staggering number of meth-related CPS cases "an epidemic" that has begun to drain the County's finances. 

He told KTAB and KRBC Taylor County will be at least $6 million over budget next Fiscal Year due to the number of CPS cases. 

Tonight on KTAB News, crime and courts reporter Stacie Wirmel sits down with Judge Downing Bolls to further explain the impact these meth-related CPS cases is having on Taylor County's finances, personnel, and most importantly - families.

BigCountryHomepage will publish the full report after it is broadcast, so check back for the latest information! 

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