News from the Field: November 2019

November 2019 NFTFWelcome to our November 2019 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 are excited to announce our two upcoming events. Please join us this next Wednesday (December 4th) for a Girasol Luncheon Fundraiser as we connect over food, talk about our work, and gather donations for our upcoming border trip. We are honored to have Luis Zayas, Ph.D., Dean of the Steve Hicks School of Social Work, joining us for the fundraiser’s opening remarks.

In 2020, we are looking forward to our annual UT Child Welfare Conference. This year’s theme is “There’s Space at the Table: Making Room for Diversity, Inclusion, & Belonging.”

News From The Field

Luncheon Fundraiser for the December Border Trip
Girasol and the Texas Institute for Child & Family Wellbeing
December 4th, 12-1:30pm, Austin, TX, free

 2020 UT Child Welfare Conference: There’s Space at the Table – Making Room for Diversity, Inclusion, & Belonging
Texas Institute for Child & Family Wellbeing
February 28th, 2020, 8am-4:30pm, Austin, TX, registration cost varies


Webinar: Understanding the Adverse Childhood Events (ACE) Study
Texas Network of Youth Services
December 5th, 11:30am, virtual webinar, free

17th Annual Juvenile Law Attorney Certification Seminar
Travis County
December 5th & 6th, Austin, TX, cost varies

Trauma-informed services with adult refugees, asylees, and immigrants
UT Steve Hicks School of Social Work
December 6th, 9am-4pm, Austin, TX, registration cost varies

Committee on Advancing Residential Practices Meeting
Texas Department of Family and Protective Services
January 9th, 2020, Austin TX

The Texas Campaign’s 9th Annual Statewide Symposium: Learn. Connect. Inspire.
Texas Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy
April 6th-8th, 2020, San Antonio, TX, registration cost varies

Military Social Work & Behavioral Health Conference
Institute for Military and Veteran Family Wellness
April 9th & 10th, 2020, Austin, TX, Registration cost varies

Understanding Legal Rights of Youth Webinar
Texas Appleseed
Webinar, free, available any time


Adopting as a Single Parent
Child Welfare Information Gateway

Tools for Success: A Toolkit for Child Welfare Professionals to Achieve Permanency and Stability for Youth in Foster Care
Youth Fostering Change & Juvenile Law Center

Belonging Matters: Helping Youth Explore Permanency
Child Welfare Information Gateway

Strategies for Authentic Integration of Family and Youth Voice in Child Welfare
Capacity Building Center for States

National Adoption Month 2019 – Youth Voices: Why Family Matters
Child Welfare Information Gateway, Adopt US Kids & The Children’s Bureau

Improving the Health Care of Foster Children Throughout the US: Texas, a Case Example
Journal of Applied Research on Children: Informing Policy for Children at Risk

State of Texas Children 2019: Child Well-Being in Webb County
Center for Public Policy Priorities, Texas Kids Count Project

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