Helping Youth in Care Feel Connected and Empowered

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By Alix Mammina In 2019, our researchers launched a five-year study following youth in foster care as they enter adulthood. Our interim report from the first year of the Texas Foster Youth Permanency Study (TYPS) centers the voices of youth participants and fills critical knowledge gaps about what helps youth in care thrive in emerging… Read more »

September 2021 News From the Field

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In our September 2021 News From the Field feature, find the latest social work news, resources, and professional development opportunities from across Texas and nationally. If you haven’t already, sign up to get our monthly e-newsletter in your inbox. This month, learn about upcoming events from external partners and projects led at the Texas Institute for… Read more »

Supporting School Social Workers Across Texas

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Last year, we launched the Texas School Social Work Network (TSSWN) to connect practitioners working in schools across the state. Keep updated on TSSWN’s progress by joining our listserv!  After surveying more than 200 Texas school social workers through the network in 2020, we found a need to provide tools and resources focused on supporting… Read more »

Connecting Texas Youth in Foster Care to Sex Education

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By Alix Mammina, Communications Specialist at the Texas Institute for Child & Family Wellbeing As kids in Texas head back to school this fall, parents will have to keep an eye on their email inboxes—or the bottom of their kid’s backpack—to ensure their child receives sex education. A newly passed state law now requires parents… Read more »

Latest Research on Academic Outcomes for Youth in Foster Care

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Check out these short research summaries on students in foster care from other experts in the field + learn their implications for practice! Students connected to foster care: An overview of high school experiences (2020) Sandh, S., Donaldson, V., & Katz, C. For youth in foster care, frequent placement changes and school transfers can jeopardize… Read more »

2021 Texas Child Care Market Rate Survey

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Every year, the Texas Institute for Child & Family Wellbeing and the Ray Marshall Center for the Study of Human Resources at the University of Texas at Austin undertake the Texas Child Care Market Rate Survey as contracted by the Texas Workforce Commission. In this year’s survey report, explore the rates charged to the general public… Read more »

August 2021 News From the Field

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In our August 2021 News From the Field feature, find the latest social work news, resources, and professional development opportunities from across Texas and nationally. If you haven’t already, sign up to get our monthly e-newsletter in your inbox. This month, learn about upcoming events and check out our new report on gaps in domestic violence… Read more »

Children Exposed to Domestic Violence: Understanding the Community Service Response and Needs in Texas

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Children exposed to domestic violence need trauma-informed support in the aftermath of abuse, but child welfare and domestic violence agencies across Texas lack resources to provide consistent housing, childcare, and counseling services to families in crisis. Researchers from the Texas Institute on Child & Family Wellbeing partnered with the UTMB Center for Violence Prevention to… Read more »

Latest Research in Using Mentalization to Help Families

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Check out these short research summaries from other experts in the field + learn their implications for practice! Mentalizing mediates the association between emotional abuse in childhood and potential for aggression in non-clinical adults (2019) Schwarzer, N.; Nolte, T.; Fonagy, P.; & Gingelmaier, S. Children who undergo emotional abuse are more likely to exhibit aggressive behavior as adolescents… Read more »