Year: 2019

CARP Committee Application

Are you interested in making an impact on residential child care? If you are a Residential Child Care contractor or member of an affiliated association, you can apply to be a member of the Committee on Advancing Residential Practices (CARP). The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) commissioner will appoint members to the […]

Partnering With Birth Parents To Promote Reunification

This factsheet explores what foster caregivers can do to work with the birth families of the children in their care to promote reunification. This may include actively communicating with the birth parents, the caseworker, and the agency; accessing help from a variety of sources; cultivating trust and compassion; and maintaining contact with families after reunification […]

Normalcy For Youth In Foster Care

Normalcy for children and youth in foster care Engaging in normal, age-appropriate activities and experiences is a critical component of healthy child development. However, experiencing abuse or neglect and being removed from a family to foster care is not “normal.” Although foster care may be safer for a child or youth,1 cultivating normal childhood experiences […]

Legislative Update

We are so close to the end of the Texas Legislative Session! Next week any remaining bills will hopefully be voted out of the Legislature and sent to the Governor. This week was an exciting week where all Committees had their final committee hearings and final decisions for the state budget were released. Next week the […]

Legislative Update

This week was a big week for The Texas Legislature. Friday was the last day House Bills must pass out of the House and over to the Senate. If a House bill did not passed before the House adjourned, it has no chance of passing this session. This week the House also “killed” HJR 3 […]