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The 2018 Texas Tribune Festival is upon us! Join us Sept. 27-29 in downtown Austin for two days of unique perspectives, thoughtful conversation and networking — all in the shadow of the Texas Capitol. 

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Friday, September 28 • 1:30pm - 2:30pm
So Did We Clean Up Foster Care?

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A year ago, under legal threat, the state took notice of the mess it made. What’s changed and what hasn’t?

Presented by Ascension-Seton and the Annie E. Casey Foundation and supported by Upbring

Moderators
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Edgar Walters

Investigative 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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Kristene Blackstone

Associate Commissioner of Child Protective Services at the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services
Blackstone has served as associate commissioner of Child Protective Services since 2016. She has spent 17 years working with CPS, first as a caseworker and later as a supervisor, program director and regional program administrator. Blackstone has also served as deputy director for... Read More →
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James Frank

State Representative, R-Wichita Falls
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 House... Read More →
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Stephanie Rubin

CEO of Texans Care for Children
Rubin has served as CEO of Texans Care for Children since 2015. She previously served as senior officer of campaigns for The Pew Charitable Trusts, where she coordinated state policy and advocacy strategies for Pew’s early education, health and justice initiatives. Rubin was also... Read More →
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Gene Wu

State Representative, D-Houston
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 Child Protective Services overhaul bill reforming court processes and procedure... Read More →