“Caring deeply, during COVID and always”: A conversation about Texas CPS caseworkers as essential front-line workers during COVID-19

“Caring deeply, during COVID and always”: A conversation about Texas CPS caseworkers as essential front-line workers during COVID-19

In this July 2020 edition of Connecting the Dots, we are highlighting the frontline response efforts from caseworkers as they continue to provide services to youth and families. To get a better idea of how COVID-19 has shaped Texas caseworkers’ day-to-day experiences, we connected with Erica Bañuelos, MSW, LCPAA, CPS Director of Field at the… Read more »

News From The Field: June 2020

News From The Field: June 2020

Welcome to our monthly feature, News from the Field! This is an extension of the bottom of our newsletter. We will be providing you with some of the latest news, resources, and local & national professional development opportunities. If you haven’t already, sign up to get our monthly e-newsletter in your inbox. This month, we are excited… Read more »

Strong Fathers Strong Families: A Father’s Day Feature

Strong Fathers Strong Families: A Father’s Day Feature

By Allie Long  In honor of Father’s Day, we wanted to highlight a dad who we’re grateful to work with. J. Michael Hall, M.Ed., is the founder of the fatherhood engagement program Strong Fathers Strong Families. Since 2003, this program has been implemented at schools throughout the United States and internationally, reaching over 225,000 dads… Read more »

News From The Field: May 2020

News From The Field: May 2020

Welcome to our monthly feature, News from the Field! This is an extension of the bottom of our newsletter. We will be providing you with some of the latest news, resources, and local & national professional development opportunities. If you haven’t already, sign up to get our monthly e-newsletter in your inbox. This month, we are excited… Read more »

TXPOP Capacity Building Survey June 2020

TXPOP Capacity Building Survey June 2020

You are invited to participate in a survey about child welfare services in Texas and share ways that we can improve permanency outcomes for youth and strengthen family engagement in the child welfare system. This survey is a part of the  Texas Permanency Outcomes Project (TXPOP). The Texas Permanency Outcomes Project (TXPOP) develops sustainable best… Read more »

News from the Field: April 2020

News from the Field: April 2020

Welcome to our monthly feature, News from the Field! This is an extension of the bottom of our newsletter. We will be providing you with some of the latest news, resources, and local & national professional development opportunities. If you haven’t already, sign up to get our monthly e-newsletter in your inbox. This month, we are excited… Read more »

What HOPES taught us: A summary of our four year-long evaluation of community-based child maltreatment prevention programs

What HOPES taught us: A summary of our four year-long evaluation of community-based child maltreatment prevention programs

By Swetha Nulu, MPH, Assistant Director of Research Major Take-Aways To prevent child maltreatment, programs should focus on addressing risk factors empirically linked to child maltreatment: substance use, mental health concerns, domestic violence, and history of trauma Relationships between families & staff are the key ingredient that makes programs work to spark behavior change. Community… Read more »