I am so pleased to announce two selections of new leadership for the Texas Child Protective Services (CPS) team.

Kim Gibbons is the new Director of Field Operations for CPS.  Ms. Gibbons has over 23 years of experience with CPS. She started as a CPS investigator in Conroe, Texas before moving to the Austin area and serving as conservatorship case worker, a supervisor in various stages of service, Program Director, Program Administrator and most recently as the Deputy Director of Field.  Ms. Gibbons has true commitment to the field and the families we serve.  She has passion, expertise about service delivery, an incredible work ethic and a thoughtful approach to working with children and families to achieve positive outcomes.  She has a depth of knowledge regarding field work that will serve the program well as we continue our transformation efforts.  Ms. Gibbons has a bachelor of science in Criminal Justice from Sam Houston State University.

Tiffany Roper will be joining CPS as the Deputy Assistant Commissioner for CPS on July 5, 2016.    She has over 20 years experience in child welfare law and policy, with over 16 years in a supervisory and leadership capacity.  Ms. Roper has served at the Office of the Attorney General representing DFPS in civil child abuse and neglect cases in multiple counties; served as a CPS prosecutor- assistant district attorney in the Travis County District Attorney’s office;  and was a supervising attorney at UT’s Children’s Rights Clinic where she represented  children in foster care.  She has worked as a policy analyst on child welfare issues. Ms. Roper currently serves as the Assistant Director for the Supreme Court of Texas Permanent Judicial Commission for Children, Youth and Families.  In this role she has worked to establish, foster and institutionalize collaboration among high level state, legislative and judicial leaders and been active in developing and executing stratigies related to improving outcomes for children in foster care. She is highly regarded in the child welfare community.  Ms. Roper has integrity, expertise, and strong interpersonal, leadership and collaborative skills.  She is a very welcome addition to our team.  Ms. Roper has a bachelor of arts from the University of Texas (UT)and a Juris Doctor from UT School of Law.

Ms. Roper notes: “ I greatly appreciate the opportunity to serve the children and families of Texas as the new Deputy Assistant Commissioner of CPS and to be part of DFPS Transformation efforts. It’s an honor to work alongside DFPS staff dedicated to improving outcomes for children and youth in care.”

Please join me in congratulating Ms. Gibbons and Ms. Roper.