Eight months ago, as I drove south from my home in Kansas City and crossed the Oklahoma border, a wide-open Texas lay ahead, a new home for me and my family. But as I began my role as commissioner of the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS), I could not have known then what would come.

By now, I’ve been asked countless times how the children and families we serve have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Of course, they have been affected, both noticeably and in ways not yet seen or known. How we decide to help the children and vulnerable elderly has staggering consequences for our state’s future.

Jaime Masters is the commissioner of the Department of Family and Protective Services.

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