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 (DFPS) leadership, child care licensing staff, judicial representatives, parents, foster caregivers, and youth formerly in foster care.
Our Current Region 2 Local Advisory Group
TXPOP is working very closely with various stakeholders and organizations in Region 2. The group has played a crucial role in building community support and meets quarterly to provide feedback on various aspects of TXPOP.
Tina Amberboy, President and Chief Executive Officer, Pathways Youth and Family Services
Ray and Michelle Banda, Foster Parents
Starla Cason, Community Advocate
Michaela Dickson, Youth Representative
Dan and Debbie Flatt, Foster Parents
Amber Finnick, Bluebonnet Room
Erica Hall, Attorney – Family Law
Derek Hampton, Attorney – Family Law
Tina Haywood, School District Foster Care Liaison, Region 14 Education Service Center
Carl Leake, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Specialist, Betty Hardwick Center
Sammi Jo Magee, Taylor County Attorney
Jeanette McQueen, Community Member, Beltway Park Church
Lee Ann Millender, Executive Director, Big Country CASA
Sara Newsom, Parent
Sharibeth Niehaus, CPS Regional Director Region 2, Texas Department of Family and Protective Services
Heath Ramsey, CPS Systems Improvement Specialist, Texas Department of Family and Protective Services
Rhea Rodriguez, Child Welfare Board President
David Thompson, President and Chief Executive Officer, Presbyterian Children’s Homes and Services
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.