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Children's Policy Series: Keeping Kids in Their Communities

  • Texas Capitol, Room E2.002 1100 Congress Avenue Austin, TX, 78701 United States (map)

We're pleased to invite you to join us on Monday, December 3rd at 2:30 pm in Austin for our next Children's Policy Series meeting:

Keeping Kids in Their Communities:

Texas Juvenile Justice & Child Welfare Policy Opportunities

Our panel of experts will address juvenile justice and child welfare strategies to expand effective community-based services and keep more children in their home communities with families or in family-like settings where they are most likely to thrive. The strategies seek to ensure that the use of more institutional settings — such as state lock-ups and residential treatment centers — is limited, brief, and effective.

This discussion will cover policy solutions related to leveraging new funding available through the Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA) to divert CPS-involved families from foster care, preparing for new funding restrictions to institutional care settings under the FFPSA, capacity building lessons from community-based foster care, opportunities to keep youth from going to deeper into the juvenile justice system, and more.

Speakers include: 

  • Judge Renee Rodriguez-Betancourt, 449th State Judicial District Court in Hidalgo County

  • Haley Holik, Policy Analyst, Texas Public Policy Foundation

  • Linda Garcia, Director of Community Relations, Our Community our Kids

  • Jason Drake, Regional Executive Director, Krause Children's Center in Katy, TX  

  • Youth participating in Krause Children’s Center programs

The panel discussion will take place:
Monday, December 3rd, 2018
2:30 - 4:30 pm
Legislative Conference Center (Room E2.002)

Texas Capitol
1100 Congress Avenue
Austin, TX 78701

Please RSVP to Katie Mitten at [email protected]
We look forward to seeing you on December 3rd!