Pre-Conference Sessions

Monday, October 24, 2022 - 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. | Texas Permanency Outcomes Project (TXPOP) Showcase - This session is full.

The Texas Permanency Outcomes Project (TXPOP) Invites you to join us on our journey to reinvent foster care by refocusing practice, strengthening the workforce, and transforming how systems treat families within foster care. At this conference pre-session, hear from a panel of families, caregivers, and professionals who have been involved with TXPOP.

By joining us for this in-person event you’ll get exclusive access to:

  • A Child Welfare Academy Training: We’re offering our attendees a chance to take a course from our Child Welfare Academy. These courses are currently only being offered in DFPS Regions 2,6, and 11.
  • The TXPOP Practice Model: Our approach puts the child’s voice at the center of the work by building empathy and enhancing collaboration between families, caregivers, and practitioners.
  • The Family Engagement Multimedia Campaign: You’ll get a first look at our upcoming campaign that aims to humanize birth families and support caregivers as they engage children’s families.

You’ll also connect with many people throughout Texas doing this work. We look forward to seeing you there!

This session is limited to 100 participants. Lunch will be served. This session is not pre-approved for LCCA or LCPAA continuing education.

Monday, October 24, 2022 - 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. | The 88th Texas Legislature

Join us for this pre-session as we learn from experts in and around the Texas Legislature and in child welfare policy in particular. We’ll hear more on what the big picture will look like for Texas in the coming year, what we know about the budget so far, and what we’re expecting for child and family services. There will be an opportunity for Q&A and more info on how to stay up-to-date and engage with your elected officials. We hope you can join us for this lively and insightful discussion.

Monday, October 24, 2022 - 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. | The RTC Project

The Health and Human Services Commission’s (HHSC) Children’s Mental Health Residential Treatment Center (RTC) Project team invites you to join us for an informative pre-session presentation on the collaborative effort between HHSC and the Department of Family Protective Services (DFPS).

The goal of the RTC Project is to provide treatment support for families with a child who is at risk of parental relinquishment due to their mental health needs. The RTC Project supports families by:

Connecting families to mental health services available in their community through their local mental health or behavioral health authority.

Paying for the cost of an RTC to meet their child’s mental health needs when families do not have the resources to pay for residential placement.

By joining us for this in-person event you’ll receive information on:

  •  Residential Treatment Center (RTC) Project Overview
  • Children served through the RTC Project
  • Placement Process
  • Provider Requirements
  • Local mental/behavioral health authority (LMHA/LBHA) partnership
  • Open Enrollment

HHSC RTC Project staff will be available to answer any questions. We look forward to seeing you there!

Presenters: Naomi Perez, RTC Project Coordinator, and Yakir Harosh, Program Specialist, Texas Health and Human Services Commission

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