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Building a Trauma-Informed Child Welfare System:
A Blueprint

There is increased awareness about the impact of trauma on the children, youth, young adults, and families that interface with the child welfare system. Building a Trauma-Informed Child Welfare System: A Blueprint is a framework for improving outcomes by creating a system that is trauma-informed and trauma-responsive and includes guiding principles and strategies that range from short-term to long-term in duration.

The Honorable Darlene Byrne, a founding member of the Supreme Court Children’s Commission, led a dedicated network of 100+ stakeholders through an 18-month process of developing the Blueprint. It reflects the work of professionals representing multiple systems and perspectives on how Texas can improve its commitment to helping children and families overcome trauma and build resilient, productive lives. On Friday, February 8, 2019, the Children’s Commission released the Blueprint, the first-of-its-kind in the state and nation.

The Children's Commission is currently organizing the implementation efforts and looks forward to continued collaboration among stakeholders.

PDF (Online): Building a Trauma-Informed Child Welfare System: A Blueprint
PDF (Print): Building a Trauma-Informed Child Welfare System: A Blueprint
February 8th Commission Meeting PowerPoint Presentation
Statewide Collaborative on Trauma-Informed Care

Chaired by Hon. Darlene Byrne, Judge, 126th District Court, Austin


Steering Committee

Chaired by Hon. Darlene Byrne, Judge, 126th District Court, Austin


Cross-System Collaboration Workgroup

Chaired by Christine Gendron, Executive Director, Texas Network of Youth Services, Austin


Funding, Data, and Evaluation Workgroup

Chaired by Katy Bourgeois, Director of Aligned Impact, Mission Capital, Austin


Organizational Leadership Workgroup

Chaired by Renee Encinias, Program Director, Hope Rising Ministries, Austin


System Reform Workgroup

Chaired by Andy Homer, Director of Public Policy, Texas CASA, Austin


Children's Commission Staff

For additional resources, please visit the Reports and Resources page, Statewide Collaborative on Trauma-Informed Care.