News from the Field: February 2019

News From The Field: February 2019

Welcome to our monthly feature, 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.         News… Read more »

TXICFW Moves Back to UT’s Campus!

Txicfw Moves Back To Ut’s Campus!

The Texas Institute for Child and Family Wellbeing has moved back on to UT Austin’s campus! This past Monday, the TXICFW team relocated to a new home within John W. Hargis Hall. We are now adjacent to the Steve Hicks School of Social Work, serving as one of several SSW research institutes that will be… Read more »

Immigration & Social Work Teach In

Immigration & Social Work Teach In

  Girasol strives to help Texas immigrant children and families to heal from trauma through support, education, and connection. Girasol is housed in the Texas Institute for Child and Family Wellbeing at the Steve Hicks School of Social Work and works with community partners to educate service providers and students on migration and trauma, support… 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, Katelynmckerlie@austin.utexas.edu  … Read more »

Point fingers at the federal government for separating children, not non-profits

Point Fingers At The Federal Government For Separating Children, Not Non-profits

Government sanctioned separation of families at our southern border finally sparked collective outrage about the treatment of families seeking asylum in the U.S.  But now we have a new problem. Some are villainizing non-profits who have been serving immigrant families for decades. This is a mistake. These non-profits need support now more than ever. Unfortunately,… Read more »

What’s New with Spark? 2018 Spark UT Teen Camp & Back to School

What’s New With Spark? 2018 Spark Ut Teen Camp & Back To School

It was a busy June with Spark!  In addition to attending the Education Reach for Texans Conference early in the month, we hosted the 3rd annual overnight Spark UT Teen Camp in partnership with DFPS PAL Services and Foster Angels of Central Texas for a group of 30 teenagers currently in foster care. Our guests… Read more »

2018 UT Child Welfare Conference

2018 Ut Child Welfare Conference

A person’s definition of home and love comes from their own experiences. As professionals in the Child Welfare field, we recognize that when children enter the foster care system they are often caught between two worlds. As a child welfare practitioner, researcher or advocate, it is essential that we learn more about family experiences and… Read more »

Foster care does not cause teen pregnancy.

Foster Care Does Not Cause Teen Pregnancy.

By Monica Faulkner, Ph.D., LMSW Thanks to a recent report, Texas is one of the first states to actually know how many youth in foster care are pregnant or parents already. Of the 7,090 females ages 11 to 18 in foster care in 2017, 332 were pregnant and 218 were parents. Foster youth are approximately… Read more »

Spark Holiday Gift Card Drive 2017

Spark Holiday Gift Card Drive 2017

The University of Texas Spark program serves former foster youth on campus. The program is hosted by the Texas Institute for Child and Family Wellbeing at the Steve Hicks School of Social Work and works closely with the Dean of Students Offices and New Student Services.  In the last two years, Dr. Monica Faulkner and… Read more »

2017 UT Child Welfare Conference Schedule

Time Event Presenters Location 8:00-8:30am Registration/ Light Refreshments Auditorium Lobby 8:30-8:45am Opening remarks Monica Faulkner, LMSW Ph.D., Director Texas Institute for Child & Family Wellbeing Beth Gerlach, LCSW, Ph.D., Associate Director, Texas Institute for Child & Family Wellbeing Main Auditorium 9:00-10:00am Workshop Session 1:  Working with Undocumented Youth   Panelists: Ana Hernandez, Texas Institute for Child… Read more »