Annual UT Child Welfare Conference

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Call for Presenters now open! 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… Read more »

SHINE: positive Sexual Health for youth IN out-of-home Environments

Youth who have experienced adversity have higher rates of adolescent pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections compared to youth in general.  Those in out-of-home care may miss sexual health education in schools and often have not had reliable caregivers to provide them with accurate sexual health information. Compounding the issue, many of these youth have experienced… Read more »

Safe Babies Program Evaluation

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The Safe Babies program is designed to improve outcomes for infants and toddlers in foster care by supporting their attachment needs at the most critical time in a child’s development.  First3Years, formerly Texas Association for Infant Mental Health (TAIMH), began in 1980 as a group of volunteers in the infant mental health field who were concerned about… Read more »

Texas Youth Permanency Study


The Texas Youth Permanency Study will examine post-permanency experiences and long-term developmental outcomes of older youth in foster care. Permanency is a multi-dimensional concept describing who has legal responsibility for a child, who is the primary long-term caregiver for the child, where the child considers his or her home and who provides a sense of… Read more »

Coaching Young Parents in Care

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Coaching Young Parents in Care is a 6‐hour curriculum designed to provide foster parents knowledge and tools to allow them to successfully supportthe healthy development of young parents and their children who are in their care. Developed by Monica Faulkner, Ph.D. & Rhonda Smith, MSW Ph.D.  for:  

Coffee Breaks with TXICFW

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Introducing “Coffee Breaks with TXICFW!”  Coffee Breaks is a professional development series for those who work with children and families. It’s an opportunity to receive FREE Continuing Education Credits while talking with experts and leaders in the field on Facebook Live. Each Coffee Break is 30 minutes and is hosted by one of our staff… Read more »

Clinician’s Corner

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Welcome to Clinician’s Corner! This is a learning space where social work researchers and practitioners can exchange resources and knowledge to increase the successful usability of research findings in the social work field. The project culminates in an annual Clinician’s Corner digest that will be published on the website. The content for the digest will be… Read more »

Quality Improvement Center for Adoption & Guardianship Support & Preservation

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The National Quality Improvement Center for Adoption and Guardianship Support and Preservation (QIC-AG) is a five year project (2014-2019) awarded to Spaulding for Children in partnership with The University of Texas at Austin, The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  QIC-AG strives to 1) improve the permanency outcomes for… Read more »