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 History of TXICFW

Texas Institute for Child & Family Wellbeing (TXICFW) was originally a continuation/evolution of the Protective Services Training Institute (PSTI). Under the leadership of Dr. Jim Schwab, PSTI contracted with the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services to train Child Protective Services workers. For over ten years, PSTI trained thousands of caseworkers across the State of Texas. While the focus on training was successful, there was a general desire to expand the institute’s impact to include research activities related to child welfare services and family issues in general. Thus, The Child & Family Research Institute (CFRI) was created in 2010 to encompass both training and research related to child and family issues, with a strong emphasis on child welfare issues. In 2016, CFRI changed it’s name to Texas Institute for Child & Family Wellbeing (TXICFW) to encompass the expanded scope of our work, factoring in our new programs, professional development opportunities such as our trainings and Child Welfare conference and our renewed sense to unite academia and research with practitioners and advocates who work directly with children and families.

 Our Vision

Communities where all children and families thrive.

TXICFW Statement of Purpose

The Texas Institute for Child & Family Wellbeing connects communities to research, training, and programs that promote the wellbeing and resilience of children, families and the people who serve them.

 Our Core Values


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