The head of Texas’ Department of Family and Protective Services says emergency funding helped hire 441 new employees in December and January. Commissioner Hank Whitman told a House committee on Monday that 250 more should be hired soon. The Legislature approved nearly $150 million for 830 additional employees. More than 100 children died in Texas child protective services system last year alone, and a federal judge had ruled that the system violated the children’s constitutional rights. A House bill would make it easier for children to be adopted by relatives. Two others seek to increase case management privatization.