Today, DFPS is pleased to announce that we have made a contract award in Region 2 in our continued implementation of Community Based Care. DFPS is awarding a contract to 2INgage, a new partnership between Texas Family Initiative LLC and New Horizons Ranch and Center Inc., to serve as the Single Source Continuum Contractor (SSCC) for the Region 2 area.
Texas Family Initiative has national experience providing foster care, adoption, case management, placement and family preservation services. New Horizons Ranch has strong community relationships with DFPS and community leaders, has been involved in the development of Community Based Care in Texas, and has experience in providing an array of quality services in Region 2.
This partnership has combined child welfare experience of more than 95 years, and “is committed to the following core principles:
- INform and empower network agencies to see themselves as part of this community and therefore take responsibility along with the community for those children.
- INspire a more positive, performance-driven system for families and children.
- INgage community to understand that the children entering the foster care system from their community are their children.”
Community-Based Care is a new way of providing foster care and case management services. It’s a community-based approach to meeting the individual and unique needs of children, youth and families. Within a geographic service area, a single contractor (officially a Single Source Continuum Contractor or SSCC) is responsible for finding foster homes or other living arrangements for children in state care and providing them a full continuum of services.
In 2010, DFPS began expanding the community’s role to meet the challenges of serving children in foster care under Foster Care Redesign. In 2017, the Texas Legislature directed DFPS to expand this model to include both foster care and relative or “kinship” placements, and give the SSCC sole responsibility for case management – rather than sharing that responsibility with DFPS.
As Community Based Care takes shape statewide, CPS’ focus will shift to ensuring quality oversight of foster care and services for children and families. The SSCC will be responsible for case management and services that move children from foster care or kinship care into a permanent home.