Jean had come to Texas under unspeakable circumstances.
When she was nine years old, her mother, struggling with drug addiction, had sent Jean from Missouri to rural Oklahoma to live with her father.
Jean told police about the abuse a year after she gave birth to a baby girl, and prosecutors quickly built a case against her father.
A judge sentenced him to 40 years in prison; Jean and her infant daughter, meanwhile, were cast into the Texas foster care system.
Data released by the agency last year revealed that nearly a thousand of the highest-priority children on any given day had not been seen by investigators with the state's Child Protective Services division.
The agency says it has brought that number down to about 450 children each day.
That had come from Anna, who had connections to an older woman who offered to take the girls into her home.
After bouncing between a handful of different foster care placements, Jean had originally planned to live in the residential program until her 18th birthday, when she would age out of state custody. The secure campus imposed a rigid schedule and a curfew. And staff had to escort the girls between buildings whose doors would not open without an employee's keycard and a four-digit code.
When she arrived at the house on Gonzales Drive, she typed a Facebook message to send to her friend Anna, whom she had met at a residential program for foster youth. It was not Jean's idea to run away from the facility.Investigators did not attempt to locate more than half of those kids within the 24 hours required by law. State leaders recently approved a pay raise to keep existing caseworkers on the job and signed off on a plan to hire more than 800 new ones.Child welfare officials say they need more funding to continue that progress; lawmakers say that progress has come too slowly to warrant additional money.After her father raped her, Jean became one of the roughly 12,000 Texas kids in long-term foster care, a system that often leaves children more damaged than when they arrive. DALLAS — At 16, Jean was the more experienced sex worker in the Southeast Dallas house.It was her job to ensure the new girl's trial run as a prostitute went smoothly.