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Foster Child Placing Agency Under Investigation After Lake Georgetown Drowning

Updated: Monday, July 7 2014, 08:39 PM CDT

State officials say they have suspended an Austin-based foster child placing agency pending the investigation into the drowning deaths of two children at Lake Georgetown on Sunday.

It happened at around 5 p.m. at Russell Park at Lake Georgetown as the children were with their foster parents. Witnesses had pulled a six-year-old girl and four-year-old boy from the water and performed CPR. The girl reportedly had been under water for about five minutes and the boy was under for about 15 minutes. They were taken to Dell Children's Medical Center where they died Sunday evening. Georgetown Police are investigating the incident.

The Department of Family and Protective Services says placements of foster children into the Austin-based Providence Kids child-placing agency have been suspended pending the outcome of the DFPS investigation of the incident.

Providence Kids has 29 foster children in eight homes in Williamson, Travis, Bell, Lee and Hays counties, officials say. Child Protective Services will visit each child in the foster homes individually, according to DFPS.

"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."

Both children who were from Waco were placed in the Cedar Park foster home on Aug. 2, 2013. Two siblings of the deceased children, a one-year-old girl and a 22-month-old boy, were also placed in the foster home earlier this year but have been moved. The foster home is closed pending the outcome of the investigation, officials say.

Providence Kids was licensed by DFPS on Sept. 14, 2012, according to DFPS officials.

Foster Child Placing Agency Under Investigation After Lake Georgetown Drowning


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