Texas will join a handful of states that prohibit foster parents from smoking in front of children in their homes and cars when a new state rule takes effect January first.
Under rules passed this year, foster parents can't smoke in their homes if they have foster children living there. They also can't smoke while driving if children are in the car.
Other states with similar smoking laws include Vermont, Washington and Maine.
Roy Block, president of the Texas Foster Family Association, says the state shouldn't tighten foster parent eligibility when an increasing number of children need help.
He says the state seems to be discouraging people from becoming foster parents.
Patrick Crimmins, a spokesman for the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services Crimmins, says the agency is more concerned about educating foster parents than punishing them.
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