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

Children Exposed to Domestic Violence: Understanding the Community Service Response & Needs in Texas

Parenting and family-centered services are emerging areas of support available in domestic violence agencies. However more information is needed about the help-seeking, support needs, and service access and experience of Texas children and adolescents exposed to domestic violence. In collaboration with the University of Texas Medical Branch Health Center for Violence Prevention, Texas Council on Family… Read more »

Family Relational Therapy Program Evaluation

Project Overview: The Texas Institute for Child & Family Wellbeing has been contracted by The Center for Child Protection to develop an evaluation plan for the Family Relational Therapy parenting intervention, a model designed for families at high risk for having children removed and placed into foster care. The model incorporates the Nuerosequential Model of… Read more »

Safe Babies Program Evaluation

Safe Babies Program Evaluation

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 »

Child Welfare Education Collaboration

Child Welfare Education Collaboration

The Child Welfare Education Collaboration program 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… Read more »

Completed Projects

Project HOPES Evaluation

Project Hopes Evaluation

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 »

PEI Retrospective Data Analysis

The Texas Institute for Child & Family Wellbeing 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… Read more »

COAC Family Connections Project

The Family Connections Project is funded through a federal grant from the Administration on Children and Families. Dr. Monica 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… Read more »