On April 29, 2022, the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) released a request for application (RFA HHS0011832) seeking contractors to manage foster care and kinship care placements in four Community-Based Care areas. When these four new contracts go live, privatized Community-Based Care contracts will cover half the state. Currently in the four areas out to bid, DFPS manages out-of-home care services. Three of the regions are in east Texas: the Metroplex East area (DFPS Region 3E), the Piney Woods area (Region 4), the Deep East area (Region 5). The fourth, the Permian & . . .