CWConf18 Keynote Speaker

  Keynote Presentation: Red Team Thinking in Foster Care:  The foster care system is failing to protect children across the country. Yet, those who control the system court failure in predictable and repeatable ways. Red Teaming is the ability to think critically about a problem. Thinking critically and challenging the conventional wisdom of a group… Read more »

#CWConf18 Media Toolkit

Please use this Media Toolkit to promote the 2018 UT Child Welfare Conference! This kit provides: Key information about the conference Email templates Social media tools Conference online and print images For Presenters: Promote your own work on our blog!  If you have any questions about conference promotions please email our Communications Coordinator,  … Read more »

Social Work Detention Response Team


The UT School of Social Work’s Texas Institute for Child and Family Wellbeing and St. Edward’s University co-developed the Social Work Detention Response Team in the spring of 2017 in response to the detention of migrant families seeking asylum, particularly from ‘Northern Triangle’ countries of Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador.  Given that Texas has a… Read more »

How to Donate to Girasol’s Programs


Donate to help the Social Work Detention Response Team border trips: $100 pays for gas for an entire trip $350 pays for a volunteer’s entire 1-week stay $250 pays for a volunteer’s lodging for 1 week $5,500 pays for 1 week-long border trip for 12 volunteers   Donate to fund the printing of Un rayito… Read more »

Girasol Trainings For Professionals


Sign up for a training today! We offer trainings related to trauma, immigration, and supporting mixed-status families for professionals in various fields.   Trauma-Informed Interviewing for Lawyers – In this training, we discuss how trauma and migration are linked. We cover the information you need to know about how trauma impacts your clients so that… Read more »

For Girasol Volunteers


Current Opportunities: Help translate Un rayito de luz, Girasol’s trauma workbook for immigrant families in and out of detention. If you speak a language other than English or Spanish, we would love your support in making our workbook accessible to migrants from around the world! If you are a mental health professional or a student… Read more »

Vermont Permanency Survey.

Shu ma, C., Fong, R., & Marra, L. (2017). Vermont Permanency Survey. Oral paper presented at the National Quality Improvement Center for Adoption and Guardianship Support and Preservation Annual Meeting, Washington DC.