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Child Abuse Prevention Month Proclamation Ceremony

TexProtects and the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services invite you to join our Child Abuse Prevention Month event featuring State Representative Elizabeth “Liz” Campos. WHEN: April 25, 2023 2 […]


Texas Tour 2022 – Dallas / Fort Worth

This Fall, TexProtects is virtually “traveling” to seven different Texas regions to discuss the best ways to serve families and children and how to navigate those needs in the upcoming Legislative Session. These community-focused virtual meetings give us deep insight into the unique needs of children and families throughout Texas and help shape the future […]

Join our panel of child welfare experts featuring Judge Delia Gonzales, Mercedes Bristol and Kerrie Judice for a discussion on:

  • The state of kinship care in Texas
  • Solutions to advocate for in the upcoming session
  • How these solutions would be a game-changer for Texas’ over-capacitated foster care system

The research is clear. When children at various stages of CPS involvement are placed with relatives – who often step up to provide care – there are better outcomes. However, as it stands, relatives are not given the same support as other caregivers in Texas. This Session, Texas must ensure that every caregiver, no matter where the child is placed, has adequate support to meet the child’s needs.

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Event Details

Nov 10 2022
12:00 PM
Topic: Child Protective ServicesFoster CarePolicy
Series: Lunch & Learn


Kerrie Judice

Director of Policy and Advocacy

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Kerrie Judice, Lserves as the Director of Policy and Advocacy at TexProtects, joining the team in January 2020. With a focus on advocating for effective strategies to strengthen families and reduce child removals, Kerrie has dedicated her career to championing children and families. Her experience includes eight years at the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services working for Child Protective Services (CPS) and a year in the Texas Senate as a Policy Analyst. Kerrie believes in the collective responsibility to promote child welfare and safety, striving for an effective child welfare system that serves children and families. Kerrie holds a Master of Science in Social Work from the University of Texas at Austin and a Bachelor of Social Work from Lamar University.

Kerrie’s favorite place in Texas is anywhere in Austin that serves queso because she loves to spend time with her favorite people over delicious food.

Judge Delia Gonzales

Child Protection and Permanency Court

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In 2019, Judge Gonzales was appointed as an Associate Judge to create and establish the Child Protection and Permanency Court in Dallas County through the Office of Court Administration. The goal of the Court is to work with youth who are in the foster care system to achieve positive outcomes as they exit foster care In 2020, Judge Gonzales was awarded the Texas CASA Judicial Innovation and Leadership Award. In 2021, Judge Gonzales was awarded the Ken Fuller Pro Bono award by the State Bar of Texas for her dedication and leadership to the youth that the Court serves.  Judge Gonzales has spoken a various conferences including the Advanced Child Welfare Conference, Judicial Child Welfare Conference, and many Children’s Commission seminars. Judge Gonzales has built the foundation and fundamentals for the court to assist children who are in the permanent custody of CPS and has worked to help the youth in her court obtain positive permanency, enhance outcomes for youth in care and address wellbeing issues.

Mercedes Bristol

Executive Director, TXGRG

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