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Progress Report: Foster Care Redesign

Foster Care Redesign is working. And it’s vital for our children that it continues. In its first year of operation, Foster Care Redesign has shown encouraging results. By focusing on capacity building, accountability of outcomes and program innovations, significant system improvements have been made in Region 3b. Our Progress Report details more information on the background, implementation and economic benefits of Foster Care Redesign.

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January 15, 2016

Our Community Our Kids determined to help fix Texas Foster Care.

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December 21, 2015
KERA News features ACH: Fort Worth Agency Trying to Fix a ‘Broken’ Texas Foster Care System.

Last year a class action suit was filed in Texas on behalf of Texas foster children. The suit claimed that the civil rights of these children were being violated because the foster care system provides such poor care. On Thursday, December 17, a verdict was issued in favor of the Plaintiffs. In the written opinion, Judge Janis Jack (US Senior District Judge in Corpus Christi) made harsh remarks about the overall quality of foster care in Texas. She also refers to Foster Care Redesign as a failure.

Our Community Our Kids (OCOK) was just starting when the trial was occurring, so the Department of Family Protective Services (DFPS) was not able to reference ACH’s model as a successful example of Redesign. Despite this, we are working hard to make sure this distinction is clear to the public. Below is a link to an interview Dr. Wayne Carson held with KERA on Friday, December 18, about the ruling and ACH’s belief in Redesign.

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We hope this ruling will create a renewed sense of urgency to fully fund and replicate Redesign, and we remain 100% convinced that through Redesign we can meaningfully improve some of the issues that have plagued foster care in Texas. OCOK is keeping children closer to home and keeping them safe, two of the concerns outlined in the court opinion. There is certainly more work to be done, but we are making progress in areas that haven't changed in 20 years.

April 29, 2015
Dr. Wayne Carson appealed to the community regarding Region 3b Foster Care Redesign, “Texas Must Invest in Foster Care” was published in the Fort Worth Star Telegram.

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April 2015
To support Foster Care Redesign please write or email the following conference committee members:

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February 3, 2015
Through a grant from the Rees-Jones Family Foundation Our Community Our Kids, a Division of ACH Child and Family Services and the Bair Foundation are partnering for a one year pilot program to increase the odds that children in congregate care settings can be connected to their kinship caregiver.

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December 15, 2014
Fort Worth Star-Telegram editorial board urged legislative official not to give up on Foster Care Redesign.

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November 25, 2014
Our Community Our Kids hosted the National Expert Panel that included: Richard Barth, Ph.D. of Maryland, a national adoption researcher, expert and author; Glen Casel, president and chief executive officer of Community Based Care of Central Florida (CBCCF), the lead nonprofit organization for foster care and adoption in three Florida counties; and Carole Shauffer, J.D. of the Youth Law Center in San Francisco, California, co-creator of the national Quality Parenting Initiative (QPI), which helps recruit high-quality foster parents using feedback from foster children and the community at large. Below is the link to their presentations.

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October 22, 2014
The 2014 Texas Child Care Administrators Conference
San Antonio, Texas.

Foster Care Redesign Implementation in Texas
Foster Care Redesign currently operates in an urban catchment area. This workshop will report on the challenges and opportunities offered by this service delivery transformation. The perspective will be presented by the Single Source Continuum Contractor for catchment area 3B, as well as, private agency subcontractors operating in that area.

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