RECAP of the 2015 Annual Child Welfare Conference “Competing Voices: Listening, Learning & Uniting for Permanency”

On November 9th the 2015 Child Welfare Conference was held at Thompson Conference Center on UT’s campus. We were excited to welcome more than 150 attendees interested in exploring issues related to permanency.  A wide range of nonprofit and government employees attended, including staff from American YouthWorks, Any Baby Can, Austin ISD, CASA, Cenpatico, Central… Read more »

Using my journey in higher education to help others

By Adrian Gaspar At the University of Texas at Austin there over 51,000 students.  27 are former foster youth using their tuition waivers. I am one of them. My name is Adrian Gaspar, and I am a current Master’s student at UT Austin’s School of Social Work. Tied for 7th in the nation, let’s just say… Read more »

Life as an Undocumented Longhorn

by Anayeli Marcos I am one of the few who did not laugh at my professor’s joke about his favorite taco truck driver being deported.  I am one of the students who stood in line mortified during freshmen orientation because I could not get a student id card without a state issued id.  I am one… Read more »

QIC-AG for Adoption and Guardianship Support and Preservation

By Rowena Fong  Child welfare interventions that target adoptive/guardianship homes on the brink of disruption/ dissolution are often provided too late and therefore do not serve the best interests of children and families. These families need appropriate, culturally responsive supports and services to address the unique behavioral, mental-health, and medical issues that threaten stability and long-term… Read more »

Every child needs a childhood

By Reyna Rutan, President of Youth Leadership Council for DFPS Region 7 I entered foster care when I was in 5th grade. Right away, I changed schools.  I met awesome kids and families and I began to feel more comfortable in my new environment.  I soon became friends with many of the kids in my grade and… Read more »

Helping make Christmas merry and bright for foster youth

Ashley Payne, Youth Specialist, Fostering Horns Program Jeni Brazeal, Program Coordinator, Healthy Youth Partnership The Christmas lights go up, the smell of fresh cut Christmas trees are all around, stockings are hung so Santa can fill them and cookies are made.  December signals festivities, family and fun for most children.  However, foster youth experience the… Read more »