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7/27/07-Smith County

New Safeguards For Children Living With Substance Abusers

A new safeguard is in place for children living with drug or alcohol addicted parents.

It will allow children under three years old to be placed with a family member under court order while parents try and seek treatment.

"For the families that are unwilling or unable to take care of their drug problem, then we'll know it sooner, that they're unable or unwilling, and we'll know to make plans for the children," Smith County District Judge Carole Clark said.

The measure is in direct response to the recent death of a Tyler child killed while riding in the car with his father; a man police say was drunk behind the wheel.

It will only affect children in Smith County, but CPS says they are hoping similar action will be taken in other East Texas counties.

Lindsay Wilcox/Reporting: lwilcox@kltv.com

 

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