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 federal Children’s Bureau, the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, and the Children’s Commission.
The Texas Permanency Outcomes Project is building shared power with children and families to reinvent foster care.
TXPOP is refocusing practice, strengthening the workforce, and transforming how systems treat families and children within foster care.
Our Three-Pronged Approach
The TXPOP Practice Model
TXPOP will develop and test a practice model for public and private child welfare agencies in Texas to use to engage children and their families in achieving positive permanency outcomes. This model encourages professionals to approach their work and interactions with others from a nonjudgemental stance with a goal of sharing power with families.
Statewide Capacity Building
TXPOP will provide trainings and support to professionals working in child welfare with the development of a professional certificate in child welfare from the Steve Hicks School of Social Work. TXPOP is also developing an online resource hub that will provide child welfare workers with resources, tools and materials on how to engage birth families, and ensure that the child’s voice is at the heart of the work.
TXPOP engages the system on the statewide and local levels by asking key stakeholders to meaningfully contribute to the work. Members of these groups include DFPS, the courts, child care licensing, parents, foster parents, former foster youth, and CASA among others. These stakeholder groups meet regularly to weigh- in on important aspects of our work and to spread the word throughout their networks.
Our Glossary of Terms *
Practitioners- an all-inclusive term for child welfare and child protection professionals such as case managers in child-placing agencies, Department of Family and Protective Services caseworkers, and Single Source Continuum Contractor caseworkers
Caregivers- anyone caring for the child while they are in foster care such as foster parents and kinship caregivers
Families- the people who have been raising the child prior to entering foster care such as parents, grandparents, extended relatives, or fictive kin
Learn More About TXPOP
TXPOP is refocusing practice, strengthening the workforce, and transforming how systems treat families within foster care. Learn more about our 3-pronged approach here: