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THE TEXAS PERMANENCY OUTCOMES PROJECT

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 outcome. TXPOP is a project of the Texas Institute for Child & Family Wellbeing and the Texas Center for Child and Family Studies, in collaboration with the federal Children’s Bureau, the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, and the Children’s Commission.

Our Vision

TXPOP is building shared power with children and families to reinvent foster care.

Our Mission

TXPOP is refocusing practice, strengthening the workforce, and transforming how systems treat families within foster care.

Reinventing the Texas Foster System through:

THE TXPOP PRACTICE MODEL

TXPOP will develop and test a practice model for public and private child welfare agencies in Texas to use to engage children and their families in achieving positive permanency outcomes. This model encourages professionals to approach their work and interactions with others from a nonjudgemental stance with a goal of sharing power with families.

STATEWIDE CAPACITY BUILDING

TXPOP will provide trainings and support to professionals working in child welfare with the development of a professional certificate in child welfare from the Steve Hicks School of Social Work. TXPOP is also developing an online resource hub that will provide child welfare workers with resources, tools and materials on how to engage birth families, and ensure that the child’s voice is at the heart of the work.

SYSTEM ENGAGMENT

TXPOP engages the system on the statewide and local levels by asking key stakeholders to meaningfully contribute to the work. Members of these groups include DFPS, the courts, child care licensing, parents, foster parents, former foster youth, and CASA among others. These stakeholder groups meet regularly to weigh- in on important aspects of our work and to spread the word throughout their networks.

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