Dozens work to improve CPS visitation rooms

Dozens worked on renovating CPS visitation rooms Saturday. (Manisha Verma / KXAN)
Dozens worked on renovating CPS visitation rooms Saturday. (Manisha Verma / KXAN)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Dozens turned out Saturday to help make sure the kids in Child Protective Services care have a clean, safe place to visit their families.

More than 600 children were removed from their homes in 2013 and had to meet their families in CPS visitation rooms.

Teams of Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, along with families and businesses, spent months gathering what they needed for a makeover.

“It’s really important that these rooms provide a positive, nurturing environment so that those visits can go really well and can help the children bond with their families and help their families and the children heal together so that at some point they can be reunified,” Carole Hurley, Travis County Child Protective Services Board President, said.

Those involved said they plan to continue checking in with CPS, making sure the rooms are well-maintained.

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