Completed Projects

This is a list of our Institute’s completed projects over the last few years. Cardea Connections Project Child Abuse & Neglect Prevention Across Texas: CFRI’s HOPES Program Evaluation Project Child Care Provider Well-being: Relationship Between Mental Health and Work COAC Family Connections Project Early Childhood Workforce Professional Study Evaluation of Restorative Discipline Readiness Training for… Read more »

Aged-Out Youth: Looking for a Home in a Time of Crisis

By Barbara Ball From June through August 2020, we interviewed 54 youth (ages 15 – 20) who are currently participating in the Texas Youth Permanency Study. We wanted to gain a deeper understanding of how the COVID epidemic is affecting their lives, specifically related to school, work, social activities, and relationships in their home or placement… Read more »

The Impact of COVID-19 on Youth in Foster Care

By Barbara Ball In our first blog from our October TYPS update, we shared several stories from our interviews with youth ages 15-20 who had aged out of foster care. If you are interested,  you can read that blog here and learn how COVID 19 is impacting their lives. In this article, we dive into how the… Read more »

Girasol’s Trauma-Informed Workbook

Girasol has created a trauma-informed workbook with activities, coloring pages, and information designed to support immigrant women in detention or who have been previously detained. The contents may also be useful for folks in other contexts. Feel free to download and print the workbook! The workbook is currently only in Spanish, and it includes: Metaphor… Read more »

“Once in PEARLS, always in PEARLS”: Long-lasting relationships built at the PEARLS Therapeutic Child Welfare Court support alumni during the COVID-19 crisis

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Through our initial research with the Texas Youth Permanency Study, we already know that youth in foster care need authentic and long-lasting relationships in order to thrive. Prior to travel restrictions from COVID-19, we’ve gotten the chance to see firsthand how communities working with foster youth all over Texas are building these sorts of relationships…. Read more »

“Caring deeply, during COVID and always”: A conversation about Texas CPS caseworkers as essential front-line workers during COVID-19

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In this July 2020 edition of Connecting the Dots, we are highlighting the frontline response efforts from caseworkers as they continue to provide services to youth and families. To get a better idea of how COVID-19 has shaped Texas caseworkers’ day-to-day experiences, we connected with Erica Bañuelos, MSW, LCPAA, CPS Director of Field at the… Read more »

CWConf20 Workshop Presenters

10:30am – 11:30am // Morning Workshop // Auditorium Dare to Lead™: Living into Your Values While Doing Hard Work Monica Faulkner, Ph.D., LMSW, TXICFW Monica is the Director of our TXICFW team. Learn more about her here.         12:15pm – 1:20pm // Panel Session // Auditorium Birth Parents Discuss Belonging and Inclusion… Read more »