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Children’s Shelter Awarded Contract to Transform the Local Foster Care System
Family Tapestry, the Children’s Shelters newest division, has been named the lead agency of Texas welfare services by the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (TXDFPS). The Family Tapestry contract will focus its approach on community-based care, rather than a state oriented foster care system, and will work as the Bexar County’s single private contractor when finding placements for youth.
Annette Rodriguez, President and CEO of the Children’s Shelter, says “The best way to create the greater impact is to be able to allow communities to come together and create services that make sense for their children and families.”
Family Tapestry wants to dramatically change how the foster care system is approached in Bexar County. Some of the goals the agency plans to achieve are addressing underlying trauma caused by neglect or abuse, and keeping those placed in the foster care system close to their communities, friends, and families. Rodriguez goes on to say “My goal and my hope is children will leave the foster care system under this new model feeling like we added value to their lives.” Those working in the field are optimistic that this model will help more foster youth overcome challenges and stay on the road to success.
In a city where 15.9% of young people (approximately 1 in 6) are considered “disengaged” – meaning they are neither working nor going to school – Children’s Shelter hopes Family Tapestry’s shift in focus and localized support will give foster youth an opportunity to stay positively engaged in their communities – an effort that Healthy Futures of Texas can stand behind.