Region 11 Local Advisory Group

The Texas Permanency Outcomes Project
The Local Advisory Groups work to champion the Texas Permanency Outcomes Project (TXPOP) in each TXPOP pilot site region. Each group includes regional Department of Family and Protective Services leadership, child care licensing staff, judicial representatives, parents, foster caregivers, and youth formerly in foster care.

Our Current Region 11 Local Advisory Group


TXPOP is working very closely with Giocosa Foster Care & Adoption Services in Brownsville, Texas to bring together important child welfare stakeholders in Region 11.  This group has played a critical role in building community support and awareness. The group meets quarterly to provide feedback on various aspects of TXPOP. 

Denise Barrera, CPS Program Administrator, Texas Department of Family and Protective Services 

Leroy Berrones Soto, Youth Representative  

Hon. James E. Belton, Associate Judge, Child Protection Court – Rio Grande Valley East

Toni Cantu, District Director Child Care Licensing, Health and Human Services Commission  

Jackie Church, Attorney – Family Law

Heather Cornet, CPS Systems Improvement Specialist, Texas Department of Family and Protective Services

Lisa Edwards, Founder and President, Circles of Care 

Gustavo Garcia, Parent

Nathan Gauldin, Policy Analyst, Office of Senator Eddie Lucio, Jr.

Gabrielle Howard, Legislative Assistant and Digital Director, Office of Congressman Filemon Vela,  Jr.

Hillary Jackson, Program Director, Foster Angels of South Texas

Senator Eddie Lucio, Jr., District 27, Texas State Senate  

Dora Martinez, Executive Director, Cameron County CASA  

Janet McGee, President and Cofounder, Blue Sunday Child Abuse Prevention Initiative

Tara O’Connell, CPS Regional Director Region 6, Texas Department of Family and Protective Services

Monica Rodriguez
, Texas Tropical Behavioral Health

Maribel Roldan
, Attorney – Family Law

Edward Sandoval, Cameron County Attorney 

Congressman Filemon Vela, Jr., 34th Congressional District of Texas, U.S. House of Representatives

Rosalinda Ybarra, Foster Parent Representative  

How do I get involved with the Region 11 Local Advisory Group?

If you’re interested in getting involved, please email TXPOP Engagement Lead Megan Ransom at


TXPOP engages the system on the statewide and local levels by asking key stakeholders to meaningfully contribute to the work. Our stakeholder groups include individuals representing the Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS), CASA, the courts, child care licensing, parents, foster caregivers, and youth formerly in foster care, among others. Stakeholder groups meet regularly to provide feedback and spread the word about our work throughout their networks.

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