“I’m not going to school, and I don’t have a job. There really isn’t a way for me to even have friends”: The impact of COVID on connections at school and with peers

“I’m not going to school, and I don’t have a job. There really isn’t a way for me to even have friends”: The impact of COVID on connections at school and with peers

By Barbara Ball, Ph.D., LPC-AT School connectedness is an important protective factor for youth and refers to their relationships with school personnel and peers; their commitment to learning; and participation in school activities. Some studies show that a sense of connectedness in school may allow youth in foster care to more effectively navigate challenges and… Read more »

TYPS May 2021 Update

TYPS May 2021 Update

Every few months we’ll be updating you on the progress made on the Texas Youth Permanency Study (TYPS) conducted by UT Austin, in partnership with Upbring and sponsored by The Reissa Foundation and The Simmons Foundation. This study is a 5-year longitudinal study following 500 foster youth who are 14 – 21 years old at time of recruitment. Participant recruitment occurs at child… Read more »

April 2021 News From the Field

April 2021 News From the Field

Welcome to our April 2021 News from the Field monthly feature! 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,… Read more »

The Children with Special Health Care Needs Project: Needs Assessment Report

The Children with Special Health Care Needs Project: Needs Assessment Report

Executive Summary This Needs Assessment report is part of a three-year contract between the Texas Institute for Child & Family Wellbeing (TXICFW) and the Texas Department of State Health Services for TXICFW to develop a best practices case management model specific to serving families with children with special health care needs (CSHCN). To better understand… Read more »

Texas School Social Work Survey Results – June 2020

Texas School Social Work Survey Results – June 2020

School social workers have a unique multi-level perspective and are equipped with skills to address individual student mental health, family support and crisis intervention, while also keeping their eyes open to the systemic barriers that students face. While many social workers are practicing in Texas schools, their roles and responsibilities vary widely by position and… Read more »

March 2021 News From the Field

March 2021 News From the Field

Welcome to our March 2021 News from the Field monthly feature! 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,… Read more »

Latest Research in Child Welfare, Sexual Health + Relationship Education

Latest Research in Child Welfare, Sexual Health + Relationship Education

Check out these short research summaries from other experts in the field + learn their implications for practice! “We are kind of their parents”: Child welfare workers’ perspective on sexuality education for foster youth (2020) Harmon-Darrow, C., Burruss, K., & Finigan-Carr, N. Youth in foster care face many barriers when it comes to communicating effectively… Read more »