Strong Fathers Strong Families Research Project

Project Overview: The Texas Institute for Child & Family Wellbeing has been contracted by the Annie E. Casey Foundation to develop an evaluation plan for the Strong Fathers Strong Families program, a father engagement program implemented at schools throughout the country as well as internationally. Strong Fathers Strong Families have a variety of events within… Read more »

Learning About Healthy Relationships

About the study Foster youth tend to interact with many people, but they have few genuine connections. Older youth are most likely to experience placement instability that impacts their ability to develop and maintain close relationships with family, caregivers, peers, and dating partners. Rules in foster care often prohibit romantic relationships, yet foster youth have… Read more »

7th Annual UT Child Welfare Conference

A person’s definition of belonging comes from their own experiences. Working in the Child Welfare field helps us to recognize that children and families in the foster care system are often caught between worlds and do not always feel included. As a child welfare practitioner, researcher, or advocate, it is essential that we learn more… Read more »

Texas Permanency Outcomes Project (TXPOP)

The Texas Permanency Outcomes Project (TXPOP) develops sustainable best practices utilized by child welfare agencies across Texas to connect children to their birth families, regardless of their permanency outcome. TXPOP is a project of the Texas Institute for Child & Family Wellbeing and the Texas Center for Child and Family Studies, in collaboration with the… Read more »

The Sue Fairbanks Psychoanalytic Academy

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The Sue Fairbanks Psychoanalytic Academy cultivates its study at the intersection of psychoanalysis and social work. The Academy is located within the Texas Institute for Child and Family Wellbeing at the University of Texas at Austin. Initially inspired by the Family Minds Project’s Lunch & Learn sessions, the Academy will be expanding its initial research… Read more »

Mixed-Status Families: Providing culturally responsive & trauma-informed services

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This workshop is for all social service providers, lawyers and educators who work with the undocumented community. We discuss trauma, migration, contemporary immigration policies, and available resources to help you provide comprehensive, trauma-informed and culturally responsive services to your clients. Audiences: professionals, lawyers, and educators Interested in this training? Contact Shannon.mann@austin.utexas.edu  

Trauma-informed Interviewing: When working with immigrant families

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Trauma-informed interviewing is essential for lawyers and law students working with immigrants seeking relief in legal cases. This workshop provides an overview of trauma-informed interviewing and a chance to practice using important techniques and resources. Training Objectives: Participants will learn about trauma and causes of trauma in the immigration context. Participants will discuss methods of… Read more »

Let Kids Be Kids: Normalcy to improve child wellbeing

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Normal experiences in childhood are critical to the wellbeing and social development of all children. Children in foster care are no different! This workshop provides information of the importance of normalcy and what caregivers can do to ensure their children are living as normal of a life as possible. Training Objectives Participants will learn how… Read more »