With generous support from the Rebuild Texas Fund, The Center’s Healing from Harvey program has provided over $1.8 million in funds for 29 different projects throughout the areas hardest hit by Hurricane Harvey. These projects vary in their size and scope, but are designed to rebuild foster capacity, mitigate existing trauma for children in foster care, and/or prevent at risk children, youth, and families from being involved in the foster care system. In addition to the grant program, staff from The Center are working to make sure that child welfare organizations are prepared for the next natural disaster through the development of trainings on emergency preparedness and organizational resilience building.
The Texas Permanency Outcomes Project (TXPOP) is building a new practice approach with flexible tools for public and private child welfare agencies across Texas to connect children to their birth families regardless of their permanency outcome. We believe that working with birth families helps children regardless of whether a child is adopted, reunified or ages out of foster care. Ultimately, we believe all roads lead home because children can and should have multiple permanent connections.
Building resilience within oneself, within an organization and coping with leadership fatigue. Using principles from post-traumatic growth and positive psychology (amongst other resilience focused modalities), this in person training will be delivered throughout the Harvey impacted regions (13 total) and will help organizational leaders learn to develop resilience within themselves, take those lessons and ready staff for coping with organizational trauma, and offer strategies for helping leaders and staff navigate compassion fatigue while leading communities through devastating events.