In general, it is very unlikely a rules out aunt, esp ruled out for giving access to a child abusing drug addict, continued visitation after CPS removed the children from the home. The only reason I can guess why that would be allowed is because the aunt continued to fight to get them back; so the goal would be to maintain the relationship until a final decision to sever it. Still is very unlikely in my experience and what Ive seen otherwise. No, the Harts werent the first foster family. The kids had to be in care from December 2006 until the Harts got them. Additionally, CPS would have tried to find preadoptive placements for the siblings in Texas first. My guess is that they blew through a few homes as well as having more trouble finding placements due to race, including a male, etc. I understand this is speculation; but I also know the Texas fostercare system. Of course, there have been questions of shady practices with the agency so that could have played into something being done differently; but even then, it is more likely to be a combination of the two situations.