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 »

Sexual Health of Foster Youth: Needs Assessment Findings Final Report

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November 2019 Over the past decade, academic research has documented disproportionately high rates of pregnancy among current and former foster youth. It is estimated that females who experience foster care are two to three times more likely to become teen mothers.[1] In Texas, female foster youth are almost five times more likely to become pregnant… 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 »