Lunch & Learn: Kinship Care in the 88th Legislative Session

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.

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 of our policy work.

TexProtects is honored to partner with Our Community Our Kids, as they are the longest-running Single Source Continuum Contractor for Community-Based Care serving Metroplex West. They have built strong partnerships in their community and have been providing a continuum of services for children in the foster care system since 2014.

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Texas Tour 2022 – South Central

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 of our policy work.

TexProtects is honored to partner with SJRC Texas, as their division Belong serves as the lead provider for Community-Based Care in the South Central & Hill Country Region. They believe serving children and families through prevention helps build not only healthy families but also healthy communities.

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Texas Tour 2022 – Austin

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 of our policy work.

TexProtects is honored to partner with Any Baby Can, as they serve children and families in the Central Texas area. Any Baby Can partners with families to build stability, develop skills, and unlock each child’s full potential. They believe that every child deserves a strong and healthy family and offer a full service of effective program models that focus on mental, physical, and psychological health.

 

Texas Tour 2022 – Panhandle

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 of our policy work.

TexProtects is honored to partner with St. Francis Ministries, as they are the Single Source Continuum Contractor for Community-Based Care in Region 1. They work all along the prevention spectrum to serve children and families and they believe strong families make children’s lives better.

Panhandle Texas Tour Slides 11.17.22 FINAL

Texas Tour 2022 – Rio Grande Valley

n the Fall of 2021, TexProtects electronically “traveled” to eight different areas, including the Rio Grande Valley, to find out how we could best serve families and safeguard children. Our legislative priorities for the 88th Legislative Session were shaped by this crucial information. This fall, we are going back to the Rio Grande Valley and working with Easterseals Rio Grande Valley once more to reveal this legislative agenda, participate in additional conversations, gather new information, and encourage continued partnerships to get these efforts across the finish line.

TexProtects is honored to partner with Easterseals Rio Grande Valley, as they are dedicated to serving families with young children to provide critical early intervention and early support services that partner with families to provide the skills, information, and support needed to ensure young children have a good start in life.

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Texas Tour 2022 – Houston

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 of our policy work.

TexProtects is honored to partner with DePelchin, as they provide services to children and families all along the prevention spectrum. They integrate prevention, foster care, and adoption programs to improve the well-being and safety of children who are at risk of removal or are already in the state’s custody.

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Texas Tour 2022 – El Paso

In the Fall of 2021, TexProtects virtually “traveled” to eight different areas, including El Paso, to find out how we could best serve families and safeguard children. Our legislative priorities for the 88th Legislative Session were shaped by this crucial information. This fall, we are going back to El Paso and working with PdN Children’s to reveal this legislative agenda, participate in additional conversations, gather new information, and encourage continued partnerships to get these efforts across the finish line.

TexProtects is honored to partner with PdN Children’s, a leading provider of therapeutic, educational, childcare, and support services in the El Paso community. They are dedicated to ensuring all children, especially children with special needs and their families, thrive and achieve positive outcomes.

Slides – El Paso Texas Tour 10.26.22 FINAL

 

Lunch & Learn: Data-informed Decision Making

Join us for a discussion with a panel of child welfare data experts to discuss how real-time data has the power to make sweeping changes to Texas’ child protection system in the face of our ongoing CPS crisis.

Investing and advocating for these measures in the 88th Legislative Session is essential to increasing CPS’ transparency, accountability and effectiveness. And, with more community providers bearing the responsibility of localized child welfare, real-time, relevant data is imperative in informing the public, legislators and stakeholders of the most urgent needs of children and families in Texas.