How local CASA workers are trying to end the foster care-to-prison pipeline

BRYAN, Tex. (KBTX) - As more and more children age out of the foster care system and into the U.S. penal system, agencies like Voices for Children are working to break the cycle.

"There are indicators that mean a child will likely spend more time in foster care and have difficulty getting out of the system," said AJ Renold, executive director of Voices for Children. "And the longer they stay in the foster care system, the more likely they are to end up in the prison system."

Renold says she and her team have been trying to address these issues by recognizing and educating foster parents about the trauma their foster child may have experienced.

"It's not just bad behavior," said Renold. "It stems from the trauma so many of them have experienced, and we need to address it differently."

For the full conversation with Renold, see the video player above.