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 »

Strategic plan for positive sexual health for youth in out-of-home settings

Adolescents in out-of-home settings such as foster care, juvenile detention, and treatment frequently miss sexual health education in schools. Additionally, they often do not have reliable caregivers to provide them accurate sexual health information. Compounding the issue, many of these youth have experienced trauma which is not addressed in any sexual health curriculum. Due to… Read more »

Coaching Young Parents in Care

Coaching Young Parents in Care

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:  

Annual UT Child Welfare Conference

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2018 Conference: Location:   Seton Administrative Offices (SAO) Auditorium 1345 Philomena Street Austin, TX 78723  2017 Conference:  Thanks for attending! Check out this video recap: You are cordially invited to join us for the 5th Annual UT Child Welfare Conference! In the Child Welfare field, we encounter youth who are disproportionally represented in the system or… Read more »

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 TXICFW.socialwork.utexas.edu 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 »

Project HOPES Evaluation

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Understanding the impact of community-based child maltreatment prevention. The Texas Institute for Child & Family Wellbeing (TXICFW) at the University of Texas at Austin is collaborating with the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS), Prevention and Early Intervention (PEI) division to carry out a cross-site evaluation of the Healthy Outcomes through Prevention and Early Support… Read more »