QIC-AG for Adoption and Guardianship Support and Preservation

By Rowena Fong  Child welfare interventions that target adoptive/guardianship homes on the brink of disruption/ dissolution are often provided too late and therefore do not serve the best interests of children and families. These families need appropriate, culturally responsive supports and services to address the unique behavioral, mental-health, and medical issues that threaten stability and long-term… Read more »

Trauma and youth.

Adkins, T. (2015, April).  Trauma and youth.  Presentation at the Healthy Youth Partnership meeting, Austin, TX.

Every child needs a childhood

By Reyna Rutan, President of Youth Leadership Council for DFPS Region 7 I entered foster care when I was in 5th grade. Right away, I changed schools.  I met awesome kids and families and I began to feel more comfortable in my new environment.  I soon became friends with many of the kids in my grade and… Read more »

Helping make Christmas merry and bright for foster youth

Ashley Payne, Youth Specialist, Fostering Horns Program Jeni Brazeal, Program Coordinator, Healthy Youth Partnership The Christmas lights go up, the smell of fresh cut Christmas trees are all around, stockings are hung so Santa can fill them and cookies are made.  December signals festivities, family and fun for most children.  However, foster youth experience the… Read more »

Comprehensive needs assessment of Texans with disabilities.

Comprehensive needs assessment of Texans with disabilities.

In partnership with DARS,  researchers at the University of Texas at Austin conducted a comprehensive needs assessment for Texans with disabilities in 2014. The Rehabilitation Act of 1973 as amended calls for periodic comprehensive statewide needs assessments that will result in recommendations to the goals, priorities, and strategies of the state plan that DARS is required… Read more »