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Permian Basin Giving Tree

Permian Basin Giving Tree

Every child deserves a Christmas to Remember.  It all started in the Fall of 2020. Due to COVID restrictions volunteers and even staff were not allowed to go into local Child Protective Services (CPS) offices. This presented a problem as CPS was gearing up for their...

Community Perspectives: A Disaster Plan

Community Perspectives: A Disaster Plan

In light of COVID-19 and our recent snowmaggedon, we’ve all found that being ready for disasters and the unexpected is vitally important – not only to ensure we aren’t without basic comforts during a storm or difficult time, but to make sure we simply survive when...

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 capacity...

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...

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 last in the...

Community-Based Care: The Model

Community-Based Care: The Model

On December 30, 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 second in a...

Permian Basin CPS Giving Tree

Permian Basin CPS Giving Tree Permian Basin area non-profits One Accord for Kids and The Attic Foster Network have partnered with the Texas Department of Family & Protective Services (DFPS) to ensure local children in Child Protective Service (CPS) and foster care...

Week in Review – November 20

Foster Care and Child Welfare Week in Review - November 20, 2020 Here are some news items from this week related to foster care, adoption, and child welfare that caught my eye: 1. As COVID-19 Takes its Toll, Remember Kids in Foster Care (Commentary) Let's look at the...

Counting Our Blessings

Counting Our Blessings to Cover Our Fears By Rhett Lively In caring for twenty-one children, we’ve noticed several common themes in their hearts and minds as they’ve come into our home: Fear, worry, doubt, and a lack of the ability to hope. Early on, one of our...

Week in Review – November 13

Foster Care and Child Welfare Week in Review - November 13, 2020 Here are some news items from this week related to foster care, adoption, and child welfare that caught my eye: 1. El Paso church joins churches across the country for ‘Stand Sunday’ in support of foster...

Week in Review – November 6

Foster Care and Child Welfare Week in Review - November 6, 2020 It was a fairly light week for foster care in the news. It’s almost as if something else was dominating the news cycle this week. Nevertheless, here are some news items from this week related to foster...

Week in Review – October 30

Foster Care and Child Welfare Week in Review - October 30, 2020 Here are some news items from this week related to foster care, adoption, and child welfare that caught my eye: 1. Mother and daughter transformed by two Buckner programs When Alissa Campos was 9 years...

Surviving Halloween

Surviving Halloween, by Rhett Lively If I'm honest, Halloween is not the easiest holiday. The costumes, spooky references, crowds, and opportunities for people to do tricky things just don't make me want to get out and have fun. But culturally Halloween is something...

Week in Review – October 23

Foster Care and Child Welfare Week in Review - October 23, 2020 Here are some news items from this week related to foster care, adoption, and child welfare that caught my eye: 1. Editorial: Righteous anger, disgust at treatment of foster kids In the nearly decade-long...

Week in Review – October 16

Foster Care and Child Welfare Week in Review - October 16, 2020 Here are some news items from this week related to foster care, adoption, and child welfare that caught my eye: 1. CASA in the Heart of Texas helps keep youth in foster care safe Court Appointed Special...

Opportunities from the COVID-19 Pandemic

Opportunities for the Child Welfare System from the COVID-19 Pandemic COVID-19 is presenting the child welfare system with an opportunity to rethink existing practices and refocus on priorities. Remote learning, business restrictions, and operational changes have been...

Support for Foster Parents Comes from their Community

Support for Foster Parents Comes from their Community George Lucas said it best, “creativity isn’t strictly a well of ideas, but an alchemy of people”. The creator of the “Star Wars” empire has found that our best does not come when we have a bunch of ideas in a pot...

Texas Foster Care to Sex Trafficking Pipeline

Texas Foster Care to Sex Trafficking Pipeline There is a Texas foster care to sex trafficking pipeline resulting in over 100 children and youth being victimized while missing from foster care in 2019. 51,417 children and youth were in the state foster care system in...

The Permian Basin Needs More Foster Parents

The Permian Basin Needs More Foster Parents The Permian Basin needs more foster parents to serve our children and youth in foster care. A lack of foster care capacity has been a consistent issue in the 17 counties comprising the Permian Basin. Almost 90% percent of...

Community Collaboration for Child Welfare

Community Collaboration for Child Welfare Intractable social problems like child welfare (i.e., abuse, neglect, foster care) require community collaboration. Federal and state law and policy, done correctly, can create an environment for community collaboration but is...

Self-Governance for Families and Communities

Self-Governance for Families and Communities

"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness - That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted...

Kids and Community Responsibility

HIDDEN IN PLAIN SIGHT When we hear about foster care, it is often in the context of failure - specifically, that someone, somewhere who is responsible for the "foster care system" is failing. Blame is often attributed to government actors and agencies who run the...