News Category: child welfare

The Evidence Base: Child Maltreatment Risk Factors

April 24, 2019

Family structure, particularly when unstable, is associated with increased child maltreatment risk.1Single parenthood more than doubles the risk of Child Protective Services (CPS) involvement, and one study found it to be the second largest predictor of child maltreatment, only after income.2Single parenthood contributes to financial stress, social isolation, and lack of social support, all increasing the likelihood of child maltreatment.3 Similarly, paternity status is associated with child maltreatment risk, and the presence of non-b

Evaluation of Collaborative Family Engagement

Nov. 28, 2018

Over the past decade, child welfare research has demonstrated the value of involving family members and fictive kin (close family friends) in children’s lives while they are in foster care – not only to provide a place to stay, but to serve as a support system for the child during care and afterwards.1 To increase family engagement in Texas, Texas Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) and the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) created the Collaborative Family Engagement (CFE) process in 2015 with funding from the 84th Texas Legislature,

Cynthia Osborne Profiled by UT System's Texas Health Journal

Nov. 1, 2018

The University of Texas System's Population Health division talked to CFRP director and LBJ School of Public Affairs scholar, Dr. Cynthia Osborne, about her work and motivations for the October issue on child welfare of the well known Texas Health Journal.

The Final Report of the Texas Prevention Task Force

Oct. 1, 2018

In the state of Texas in 2017, there were 174,740 completed investigations of abuse and neglect and over 63,000 children confirmed victims of child maltreatment, of which almost 50% were under the age of 5. These victims of childhood trauma, or adverse childhood experiences, are also at greater risk of both short- and long-term negative impacts on their brain development, behavior, and health.

New Brief: Enhancing Collaborative Practice between Domestic Violence Staff and Child Protective Services Staff

Aug. 11, 2017

Child Protective Services (CPS) and domestic violence centers are two institutions dedicated to ensuring the safety of Texas families. Child maltreatment and domestic violence often occur within the same families, thus CPS and domestic violence centers share many mutual clients. Despite their shared goals, CPS and domestic violence centers have different service philosophies and procedures that can come into conflict when working with families who are involved with CPS and also receiving domestic violence services.

Challenges in Supporting MVP Families in Texas

July 3, 2017

Although the overall rate of child maltreatment is lower among military families compared to civilian families, rates of child maltreatment have risen faster among military families, particularly in the last decade.

Study Shows New Child Welfare Professional Development Model Making Positive Impacts in First Year

April 27, 2017

AUSTIN, Texas — Maintaining a high-quality, professional, and stable workforce is integral to any child welfare agency’s capacity to fulfill its mission. To build a strong workforce, child welfare agencies must recruit and hire qualified applicants, provide training that adequately prepares new caseworkers to perform their job responsibilities, and retain high performing staff.

New Brief on Improving Family Services for Military and Veteran Families

Nov. 11, 2016

Veterans Day 2016 - Veterans Day is a special day to honor and thank our nation’s veterans for their service. The children and families of veterans and military are near and dear to our hearts here at CFRP. CFRP is working with the Prevention and Early Intervention (PEI) Division of the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services to determine how best to serve military and veteran families.

New Award: Project S.A.F.E. (Survivors are Fundamental to the Equation)

Feb. 19, 2016

CHILD WELFARE | FAMILY SAFETY

  • Grant: Project S.A.F.E. (Survivors are Fundamental to the Equation)

  • Sponsor: Texas Council on Family Violence

New Award: Supporting Vulnerable Military Children and Families in Texas

Feb. 12, 2016

FAMILY SUPPORTS | MILITARY FAMILIES

  • Grant: Supporting Vulnerable Military Children and Families in Texas

  • Sponsor: DFPS Prevention and Early Intervention

Active duty military and veterans face unique challenges and stressors, which determine what supports they need, especially in regards to child abuse and neglect. The state of Texas has the second highest active duty military population and the second highest number of veterans of any state in the country.