How to help unaccompanied immigrant children this holiday season

How To Help Unaccompanied Immigrant Children This Holiday Season

Despite the state of Texas pulling out of the Federal Refugee Resettlement Program earlier this year, Local non-profits continue to help resettle refugees. In the past few years, there has been a surge in unaccompanied immigrant minors from Central and South America entering the United States. Many of these children are from the “Northern Triangle” of… Read more »

Child Welfare Conference 2016: a recap

Child Welfare Conference 2016: A Recap

By Kate McKerlie 135 social workers, case managers, CASA volunteers, probation officers, and other child welfare advocates attended our 4th Annual Child Welfare Conference at Thompson Conference Center at the UT Austin Campus on November 16th, 2016. Each year TXICFW provides this professional development opportunity to give practitioners, researchers and advocates a chance to network and… Read more »

How do you prevent Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) in Central Texas?

How Do You Prevent Adverse Childhood Experiences (aces) In Central Texas?

By Kate McKerlie & Beth Gerlach Are you one of the 2.5 million people that have viewed Dr. Nadine Burke Harris’s TEDTalk describing how childhood stress can lead to lifetime disease? The attention to Adverse Childhood Experiences or ACEs is growing in the news, but what exactly are ACEs? The CDC-Kaiser ACE study, a retrospective,… Read more »

Exploring greater inclusivity in adolescent sexuality education.

Exploring Greater Inclusivity In Adolescent Sexuality Education.

By Helen Hollis Last month CFRI’s Dr. Monica Faulkner, Jeni Brazeal, and Kate McKerlie, presented at the Texas Behavioral Health Institute Conference in Austin, Texas. All three have worked in the the field of adolescent sexual health; as a direct educators and program evaluators. Dr. Faulkner’s workshop, Brave Conversations: Utilizing Trauma-Informed Approaches to Talk to Youth… Read more »

How do we compare? Looking at foster care systems around the world.

By Joseph Barron As researchers and students at The Child and Family Research Institute, we make it a priority to understand the systems that lead to higher quality of life for foster youth who find themselves in a system that is often referred to as broken. In the spirit of  the approaching Independence Day and… Read more »

CFRI hosts First Annual Teen Conference with DFPS

By Shannon Mann-Butler & Kate McKerlie  On Saturday April 23rd, CFRI partnered with the Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) to host the first annual Teen Conference at the University of Texas at Austin! This conference was open to any foster youth that was interested in learning more about college and what “Gone to… Read more »