Skip to content

north texas
Foster Care Consortium

Committed to promoting the well-being of children in out-of-home care in North Texas.

Who we are and how you can help…

Who We Are

The North Texas Foster Care Consortium is a coalition of organizations and individuals committed to improving the well-being of children who are in out-of-home care and at risk of removal.

What We Do

The members of the Consortium foster communication, collaboration and information-sharing; promote innovation; share and develop resources and advocate for policies and laws consistent with our mission.

Join Us

Membership is open to any organization that directly or indirectly serves the needs of foster children in the North Texas region.

GET INVOLVED WHERE IT MATTERS

Members of the Consortium recognize that improving outcomes for children in care requires all of us to work together.

On both the state and local level, the members of the Foster Care Consortium partner together for innovative changes in the foster care system, producing better outcomes for children in care or at risk of removal.

Add your voice, your skills and your help by becoming a member of the Consortium.


LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR WORK



GET INVOLVED

HOW YOU CAN HELP

Become a Member

We need your skills, your ideas, your voice and your help.

Join a Committee

Find a committee that best matches your skills.

Share your thoughts

Work to help solve problems facing the foster care community.



meetings and events

General Membership Quarterly Meetings

Upcoming Meetings scheduled for November 2023 and March 2024
Dates and Times to be announced soon


Board of directors meetings


tHE bOARD OF DIRECtORS MEET ON THE 2ND THURSDAY OF THE MONTH
tHE NEXT MEETING IS SCHEDULED FOR

october 12, 2023
2:00-3:00

latest News

New infograPhics availble for distribution


Now available are three new infographics explaining Community Based Care. These infographics are designed especially for caregivers, educators and for healthcare professionals.

Each is designed to better explain how community-based care works and what can be expected as CBC rolls out in the future.

You can download each of these at the links below as well as on our Resource Page.
CBC for the Healthcare Professional
CBC for Educators
CBC for Foster Parents and Kin Caregivers


NEW! We have added a Job board to the website!

As part of our service to our member organizations, we have added a new feature to this website. Our Job Board page will now allow you to request the posting of an open position or opportunity your organization may have.

For more information, head over to the Job Board page and review the submission information as well as current postings.


Presentation Replay from the August 17 Webinar on the 88th Legislative recap

This webinar focused on legislation and budget items from the 88th Texas Legislation session related to child maltreatment prevention reporting and investigations; kinship care; foster care rate modernization and capacity; community-based care; and innovation grants.

Presenters included Kerri Judice, Child Protection Policy Manager, Tex Protects; Justin Wood, VP of External Relations and General Counsel, Children’s Advocacy Centers of Texas; Marta Talbert, Director of Investigations and Alternative Response, DFPS; Rachel Nicholson, Director of Policy and External Relations, and Kristine Blackstone, Director of Strategic Initiatives, Texas Alliance for Child and Family Services.

Learn about the changes and updates affecting several areas of the foster care community. You can access the presentation from the Resources tab of this website or directily from the following link:


State of the State Report

The TexProtects Annual State of the State Report has been released. This report is published each year to provide an updated, in-depth analysis of the current state of the child protection system in Texas and how the state compares nationally.  The report provides critical insights into the current state of the child protection system in Texas, including challenges faced by families and kinship support.


Do you have news to share?

If your organization has news about upcoming events, meetings or activities that would benefit Consortium members, please let us know so we can post the news here.

Announcements accepted for consideration include information about upcoming meetings, webinars or trainings; service; and policy or programming updates relevant to child welfare stateholders.

We cannot accept advertisements for products or services that are not aligned with the mission and values of the Consortium.

Any newsworthy item can be submitted on our CONTACT US page, using the form there.


New Community-BAsed Care Contract Awarded

On February 22, 2023, DFPS awarded a Community-Based Care contract in Metroplex East (Region 3E) to EMPOWER, a division of Texas Family Initiative, LLC. Read more about the timing and changes at the DFPS CBC Page

Haven’t yet joined the Consortium?
 
Complete the Online Application  today! We encourage you to signup for a committee so you can actively engage in advancing the Consortium’s mission to promote the well-being of children in out-of-home care or at-risk of removal through communication, collaboration, and information-sharing and by promoting innovation, sharing and developing resources, and advocating for policies and laws consistent with our mission.

Our Impact

7704

Children in Care in DFPS Region 3

19

Counties Served

455

Consortium Participants