Family Help West Texas

Access to Resources is Key The most reliable predictors of family instability and child welfare involvement are income loss, cumulative material hardship, and housing hardship (Weiner, Anderson, & Thomas, 2021). Material supports and concrete services may reduce...

Solving the Latest Foster Care Crisis

  The Texas Foster Care Capacity Crisis and Its Solution This is part two of a two-part series about the ongoing capacity crisis in Texas foster care. Today’s post will discuss the long-term solution to the current capacity crisis. More Children Without...

The Latest Crisis in Texas Foster Care

The Texas Foster Care Capacity Crisis and Its Solution This is part one of a two-part series about the ongoing capacity crisis in Texas foster care. Today’s post will discuss the problem and its causes. The Texas foster care system is experiencing the worst...

Community Perspectives: Broader Pictures

Broader Pictures by Rhett Lively What time I spent in college, I studied music and psychology.  At the time I dreamed of opening a clinic where a couple of friends of mine and I would work on the whole person’s needs – one the body, one the spirit, and I’d take...

Community-Based Care: Implementation and Innovation

On December 31, 2020, the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) announced that Region 9 — which includes Midland, Odessa, and San Angelo — would transition to a new system of foster care called Community-Based Care (CBC). This is the fourth in a...

We Need Local Homes for Foster Children

Local Foster Care Capacity The ability to serve children in our communities has always been an issue for us in West Texas. Region 9 – the 30-county administrative region comprising West Texas and stretching from Loving County to Mason County – ranked dead...