News from the Field: January 2017

New From the field jan 2017

Welcome to our new 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 the 2017 Texas Legislature began,… Read more »

Why being reflective is so important for foster and adopted children.

Reflective parenting

Thanks to a generous grant from Sue Fairbanks, TXICFW will be conducting a Randomized Control Trial of “Family Minds” this year. Research Associate Tina Adkins developed the intervention as her Ph.D. thesis after years out in the field working with parents involved with the foster care system.  We sat down with Tina to learn more… Read more »

Welcome to Swetha Nulu, our new Research Coordinator!

Swetha headshot

We sat down to learn more about our newest staff member, Swetha Nulu! She will oversee research coordination of the Project HOPES evaluation, a child maltreatment prevention program funded by Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS), Prevention and Early Intervention (PEI). Swetha comes to us from the Texas Health & Human Services Commission… Read more »

How to help unaccompanied immigrant children this holiday season

unaccompanied children

Despite the state of Texas pulling out of the Federal Refugee Resettlement Program earlier this year, Local non-profits continue to help resettle refugees. In the past few years, there has been a surge in unaccompanied immigrant minors from Central and South America entering the United States. Many of these children are from the “Northern Triangle” of… Read more »

Child Welfare Conference 2016: a recap

By Kate McKerlie 135 social workers, case managers, CASA volunteers, probation officers, and other child welfare advocates attended our 4th Annual Child Welfare Conference at Thompson Conference Center at the UT Austin Campus on November 16th, 2016. Each year TXICFW provides this professional development opportunity to give practitioners, researchers and advocates a chance to network and… Read more »

Make CPS a place where social workers want to work

bring SWers back!

A Texas Legislative panel has proposed to raise the salary of caseworkers by $12,000. Our Director, Monica Faulkner and Will Francis, the Government Relations Director at the Texas chapter of the National Association of Social Workers write about why social workers avoid working  for CPS.   By Monica Faulkner and Will Francis The majority of Child Protective… Read more »

TXICFW welcomes new research coordinator, Tymothy Belseth


By Kate McKerlie  In late September TXICFW welcomed Tym Belseth to our team. Tym has worked for DFPS as a Youth Specialist for several years and will be joining us as a Research Coordinator on the Texas Youth Permanency Study.  We sat down with Tym to learn a little bit more about him and his work…. Read more »