Siblings who drowned in Central Texas lake were in foster care, from Waco
A 4-year-old girl and her 6-year-old brother have drowned in a lake north of Austin.
According to the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, both children were from Waco, and were placed in the Cedar Park foster home in August 2013.
Foster children placement into the Providence Kids child-placing agency (CPA), which is based in Austin, has been suspended until an investigation can be done. The CPA has 29 foster children in 8 homes in several counties, including Bell, according to the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services.
"This is an unspeakable tragedy," said Judge John Specia, DFPS Commissioner. "We will find out exactly what happened, and whether or not it could have been prevented. Foster children must be kept safe."
GEORGETOWN, Texas (AP) - State child welfare officials are halting placement of foster children by an agency in Austin after two young siblings drowned this weekend.
The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services said Monday that a 4-year-old boy and his 6-year-old sister pulled from Lake Georgetown had been in their foster home since last year. The agency is now investigating.
Witnesses told authorities the children were playing about 15 feet off the shoreline when they went under Sunday. They were taken to a hospital but could not be revived.
The children were placed in the foster home by Austin-based Providence Kids. A phone message was not immediately returned Monday.
Scrutiny on the child welfare system in Texas has intensified after foster care deaths tied to abuse and neglect rose sharply last year.
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