Spark UT Teen Conference 2017 was a success!

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August 8, 2017 The last week of July TXICFW and SPARK partnered with DFPS Pal Services and Foster Angels of Central Texas to host the 2nd Annual Spark UT Teen Conference for a group of 30 students currently in foster care. Last year was a full day whirlwind campus tour and workshops, but this year… Read more »

News from the Field: July 2017

News from the field July 2017

Welcome to our monthly feature, News from the Field! 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. We’ve got some legislative analysis… Read more »

Spark College Success Kits

Spark success kits

Going to college is exciting but it can also be stressful and chaotic. All college students have dreams about their future. For former foster youth, these dreams can sometimes feel far away after unforeseeable crises – dealing with loss, moves, or trauma. These scholars often struggle to connect on campus and find a home. College… Read more »

A Place to Connect: TXICFW adopts a CPS Visitation Room

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When children are removed from their parents and placed in the care of CPS, it is important that they have opportunities to maintain relationships with their families. In fact, CPS offices have special visitation rooms for children and their families to connect. Visitation rooms are places where families can heal relationships and preserve a sense… Read more »

News from the Field: June 2017

News from the field June 2017

Welcome to our monthly feature, News from the Field! 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. Happy Summer! We’ve got… Read more »

Introducing Coffee Breaks with TXICFW

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Starting this month, TXICFW will be hosting a series of “Coffee Breaks” on Facebook Live where we informally discuss topics in our work with children and families. This month is National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month and National Foster Care Month so we will be exploring those topics with a number of great guests from our… Read more »

News from the Field: May 2017

News from the field may 2017

Welcome to our monthly feature, News from the Field! 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 is National… Read more »

The Big 4: Why we need to deal with substance abuse, mental health, family violence and multigenerational trauma to prevent child abuse and neglect

By Monica Faulkner Our research team is gearing up for what I like to call our “Tour of Texas.”  We have the privilege of traveling to communities across our state to evaluate the implementation and effectiveness of child maltreatment prevention programs funded through the Department of Family and Protective Services.  Last year we talked to… Read more »

News from the Field: April 2017

professional development, trauma, social work

  Welcome to our monthly feature, News From The Field! 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 we… Read more »

Op-ed: Separating children and moms will not curb unauthorized entry into the U.S.

keep asylum seeking families together

By Monica Faulkner & Laurie Cook Heffron Recent news reports have indicated that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security is considering causing children psychological harm as a strategy to curb illegal immigration from Central America. It is contemplating separating mothers and children who cross the border without authorization. Regardless of whether this practice becomes official… Read more »