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Sep 28, 2013 3:37 PM by Associated Press

Placements Suspended with Foster-Care Provider

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - The state has stopped placing abused and neglected children with a foster-care contractor after finding problems at the company's nearly 400 homes.

The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services said Friday that a sweep of homes run by Texas Mentor disclosed instances of substandard care. The Dallas Morning News reports (http://dallasne.ws/1ePcQtP) Commissioner John Specia has halted further placements.

In past months, state Child Protective Services inspected Texas Mentor homes, removing two young children and launching 11 investigations of possible substandard care, including the use of corporal punishment on a child under 3.

Texas Mentor state director Wendy Bagwell says the company is committed to "continuous quality improvement" and aims to protect children.

Texas Mentor is a division of Boston-based National Mentor Holdings and is the state's third largest contractor.

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