Foster Care

TXICFW believes that every child in the foster care system has a right to a safe, supportive and stable home.  We also believe physical permanency and relational permanency or lifelong relationships with supportive adults are key to successfully creating the highest quality of life for foster youth. The needs of youth transitioning out of foster care are unique and can be numerous. TXICFW is dedicated to creating a system of support that mentors and advocates for the needs of transitioning foster youth. Learn more about our foster care projects:

Current Projects

Texas Permanency Outcomes Project (TXPOP)

Texas Permanency Outcomes Project (txpop)

Project Overview 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… Read more »

Safe Babies Program Evaluation

Safe Babies 2023 Logo

Project Overview First3Years is contracting with the Texas Institute for Child & Family Wellbeing (TXICFW) to evaluate Safe Babies, a program designed to improve outcomes for infants and toddlers in… Read more »

Completed Projects

30 Months of TFYHI

Screenshots from TFYHI 30 month report against pink background

The 30-month report on TFYHI progress features updates on our new partners and resources for youth and practitioners across the state. The Texas Foster Youth Health Initiative (TFYHI) builds relationships… Read more »

24 Months of TFYHI

TFYHI 24 Month Progress Report against blue background

The TFYHI 24-month progress report provides a behind-the-scenes look at our work to unite child welfare and adolescent health system partners to improve health outcomes for youth in foster care,… Read more »

Foster Care Rate Modernization

Project Overview TXICFW staff is consulting with the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services as they restructure foster care rates to better meet the needs of providers. For more… Read more »

Healthy Relationships for Youth in Care

February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month graphic with TFYHI logo

This Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month, we’re highlighting resources on creating healthy relationships for youth in care. Learn more with new resources from the Texas Foster Youth Health Initiative. Check… Read more »

Celebrating 12 Months of TFYHI

TFYHI 12-Month Progress Report cover against blue background

The TFYHI 12-month progress report highlights successes from the past year and provides a sneak peek at what’s on the horizon. Over the last 12 months, the Texas Foster Youth… Read more »

National Angels Program Evaluation

Austin Angels Program Evaluation

Project Overview National Angels has partnered with the Texas Institute for Child & Family Wellbeing (TXICFW) to explore the impact of its services for its Austin Angels chapter. After receiving… Read more »

Texas Foster Youth Health Initiative

Texas Foster Youth Health Initiative

Project Overview The Texas Foster Youth Health Initiative (TFYHI) builds relationships across child welfare and adolescent health systems to promote optimal health for child welfare-involved youth. In partnership with the… 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… Read more »

Texas Youth Permanency Study

Texas Youth Permanency Study

The Texas Youth Permanency Study (TYPS) examines the long-term outcomes and opportunities of youth in the Texas Foster Care System. Specifically, the study seeks to understand the quality of relationships… Read more »

Spark Program

Spark Program

The University of Texas Spark Program wants to empower former foster youth by providing necessary support systems to attend the university! Spark serves as a resource to help students build… Read more »