Child Maltreatment Prevention

TXICFW believes in order to effectively prevent child maltreatment within a community, interventions that promote and create safe, stable and nurturing relationships (SSNRs) in a child’s life have been shown to be the most effective at preventing and reducing the incidence of child maltreatment. Child maltreatment prevention services should address all the risk and protective factors of child maltreatment holistically on the child, family, community level. TXICFW believes the key to preventing child maltreatment is a comprehensive change of societal and social norms around child-rearing and intervening in family dynamics. Learn more about our work in child maltreatment prevention:

Current Projects

Addressing Family Violence in Child Maltreatment Prevention Programs

Addressing family violence Nov 2018

This is a two-part workshop. In the first part, we provide basic domestic violence information for people who have not had that training. The second part provides more in-depth strategies for home visitors to work with clients experiencing domestic violence. Training Objectives Participants will learn the dynamics of family violence. Participants will learn the impact of… 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 »

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 »

Child Welfare Education Collaboration

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CWEC is a partnership between the Steve Hicks School of Social Work at The University of Texas at Austin and the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services Child Protective Services (CPS) that links social work education and public child welfare. CWEC is funded by the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, federal title IV-E,… Read more »

Completed Projects

HOPES Evaluation Results Webinar

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WHAT: HOPES Evaluation Results Webinar WHEN: Wednesday, March 1st, 2017 11:00AM-12PM CST Missed the Webinar? You can get a recording here,  Webinar slides here.  DESCRIPTION: Prevention and Early Intervention (PEI) will host a webinar to provide an overview of Project HOPES’ (Healthy Outcomes through Prevention and Early Support) first year of evaluation conducted by the Texas… Read more »

Measuring the prevention of child maltreatment

Gerlach, B., Faulkner, M. & Jordanova, T. (2017). Measuring the prevention of child maltreatment, Roundtable discussion, at the Society for Social Work and Research 21th Annual Meeting and Exposition, New Orleans, LA

PEI Retrospective Data Analysis

TXICFW is conducting the Retrospective Data Analysis for the Prevention and Early Intervention (PEI) project of DFPS. This project entails the aggregation, cleaning, analyses, and dissemination of PEI data collected on families receiving services from 2007 to 2015. Through the examination of descriptive and inferential statistics, the project hopes to uncover valuable information on child… Read more »

COAC Family Connections Project

The Family Connections Project is funded through a federal grant from the Administration on Children and Families. Dr. Faulkner has been contracted by the New York Council on Adoptable Children (COAC), the primary ACF grantee, to oversee the program evaluation for the project.  The purpose of the project is to examine the effectiveness of the… Read more »

Guide to Adapting an Evidence-Based Intervention


guide-to-adapting-an-evidence-based-intervention This guide is intended to assist agencies and communities in deciding whether to adapt components of evidence-based programs and practices (EBPs), by describing the benefits and drawbacks associated with adaptation. The guide also provides examples of a variety of planned adaptation frameworks, to assist agencies with the adaptation process, if they do chose to make EBP adaptations…. Read more »

Guide to Selecting an Evidence-Based Intervention


guide-to-selecting-an-evidence-based-intervention This guide is intended to assist agencies and communities in developing community-wide interventions and selecting evidence-based programs and practices (EBPs) that best meet community needs and circumstances.

Guide to Conducting Community Needs Assessments


guide-to-conducting-community-needs-assessments This guide is intended to assist communities applying for funding through the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services to prevent child maltreatment.  The guide is organized by steps communities can take to complete a needs assessment. While we present specific strategies to conduct a needs assessment, we recognize that there are multiple ways… Read more »