The state has stopped placing abused and neglected children in more than 400 homes contracted by a private contractor, none of them here in Laredo. This comes after some major problems were found in some of the foster-care homes. Among the problems, substandard living and care, and even use of corporal punishment on toddlers. The findings come after a sweep of the homes by the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, homes run by the group called Texas Mentor. In a phone interview we asked CPS how they insure that more foster homes in Texas including here in the Laredo area aren't doing the same thing. CPS officials say safeguards are in place to protect children. They say the latest case should not discourage people from coming forward to help neglected and abused children from across the state. They’re pointing to an upcoming event to do just that. The seminar will happen at the Department of Family and Protective Services Office on Arkansas on October 21st, starting at six in the evening.