CFRI Presents on Permanency and Resilience of Foster Youth at Upbring Conference

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month. According to the Children’s Bureau this year’s theme is “Building Community, Building Hope.” The focus this year is to acknowledge the power of communities to address child abuse by intersecting research, policy and practice to promote family well-being and child protection from abuse and neglect. Here in Austin, Texas… Read more »

Staff Spotlight: Shannon Mann-Butler, CFRI Senior Operations and Development Coordinator

Describe in your own words what you do at UTCFRI: I am responsible for program development and coordination, conference planning and coordination, university outreach, volunteer and mentor coordination, collaboration efforts on campus and in the community, fundraising for UTCFRI programs and projects while working closely with campus development. I also supervise and provide professional development… Read more »

RECAP of the 2015 Annual Child Welfare Conference “Competing Voices: Listening, Learning & Uniting for Permanency”

On November 9th the 2015 Child Welfare Conference was held at Thompson Conference Center on UT’s campus. We were excited to welcome more than 150 attendees interested in exploring issues related to permanency.  A wide range of nonprofit and government employees attended, including staff from American YouthWorks, Any Baby Can, Austin ISD, CASA, Cenpatico, Central… Read more »

Staff Spotlight: Tina Adkins, CFRI Research Associate

  What are your professional areas of interest/ research interests? I am very passionate about improving the child welfare system through quality research and interventions.  In particular, I believe that if you help a parent, you help a child.  Therefore, my favorite work involves supporting the needs of foster and adoptive parents.  I believe psychoanalytic… Read more »

Staff Spotlight: Laura Marra, CFRI Senior Research Coordinator

Describe in your own words what you do at UTCFRI: I oversee research design, evaluation, and analysis for projects related to child welfare and child well-being and have a particular interest in making sure that our findings are disseminated in a way that is useful to those impacted by them. Current projects or one key… Read more »

Staff Spotlight: Tania Jordanova, CFRI Research Coordinator

Describe in your own words what you do at UTCFRI: I am a research coordinator at UTCFRI. This entails a variety of things, such as communicating with funders and project participants, designing survey instruments, conducting interviews, analyzing data, writing reports and creating infographics. It is a fun job because it involves so many different pieces…. Read more »

Staff Spotlight: Beth Gerlach, CFRI Associate Director

Describe in your own words what you do at UTCFRI:  My primary roles at CFRI are to develop research strategy, supervise current projects, conduct qualitative and quantitative data collection, write and edit reports, and build community partnerships.  What are your professional areas of interest/ research interests?  I tend to think that everything sounds interesting, but… Read more »