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 »

Research Inspiring Action: The Texas Foster Youth Health Initiative’s Innovative Approach to Sexual Education Programming & Practice

Research Inspiring Action: The Texas Foster Youth Health Initiative’s Innovative Approach to Sexual Education Programming & Practice

By Barbara Ball Ph.D., LPC-AT About 50% of females who experience foster care in the United States are pregnant by age 19 compared to 33% of females across the nation (Eastman, Palmer and Ahn, 2019). Despite disproportionately high pregnancy rates, there are limited interventions and community strategies to help reduce teen pregnancy among youth who… Read more »

Learning About Healthy Relationships: A Research Study Update

Learning About Healthy Relationships: A Research Study Update

By Allie Long & Barbara Ball Ph.D., LPC-AT Last May, we got the chance to talk with Dr. Barbara Ball about a new exploratory study called Learning About Healthy Relationships. In our last conversation (which you can read here), we chatted about the importance of understanding how and what youth in foster care learn about… Read more »