September 2017 News Bulletin

Texas Campaign Symposium: Call for Presentations now open!

The 2018 Symposium Call for Presentations is now open! This is a great opportunity to share your knowledge and connect with others who share your passion and professional interests. The Symposium is expected to attract more than 350 professionals from across Texas including individuals from both large and small organizations such as universities/colleges, member organizations, non-profit organizations, government entities, school districts and the healthcare industry.

Leadership Luncheon: There is still time to secure your spot

In six weeks, more than 200 community members and policymakers from across Texas will join the Texas Campaign at the Four Seasons Austin for our 2nd annual Leadership Luncheon where we will honor Texas Rep. Sarah Davis for her unwavering support and commitment to adolescent health in our state. This annual Leadership Award recognizes exceptional leaders dedicated to addressing the factors that lead to teen and unexpected pregnancies, and committed to making positive changes in young people's lives across our state. There is still time to secure your spot! Visit the link below to sponsor a table, learn more about the venue and honoree, and view photos of last year's inaugural luncheon.  

Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program funding update

Good news: On Sept. 7, the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee passed their version of the Fiscal Year 2018 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education (LHHS) Appropriations bill by a bipartisan vote of 29-2. The bill would provide funding for the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program, and keep the administration of the program the same as in 2016. Eight  Texas organizations receive a combined $8.6 million annually through this federal funding stream and these programs serve thousands of youth including our most vulnerable populations such as youth in foster care, pregnant and parenting youth, and adjudicated youth.  

Register Today! 5th Annual UT Child Welfare Conference

The Texas Institute for Child & Family Wellbeing is hosting their 5th Annual UT Child Welfare Conference on Nov. 3 from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. in Austin, Texas. For this important issue, having access to the newest information and best practices is crucial to doing right by the youth in our state who need this care the most. A full day of educational and engaging workshops, networking opportunities, and keynote addresses will teach and equip attendees to be even better agents for change in the field of child welfare. 

Tips and tools for trusted adults

Did you know that in  survey after survey, teens say parents most influence their decisions about sex? If you are a trusted adult to a teen, you don't have to go it alone!  The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy has released three tip sheets for use in advising young people. Filled with helpful information regarding different age groups and the concerns of each, these free downloadable resources can be a valuable asset for anyone who might be having the "birds & bees"                 conversation soon. 

New data available focused on child welfare

Child Trends has released a new data set 
covering several aspects of child welfare, state-by-state. Downloadable fact sheets in subjects like foster care, adoption, and child maltreatment are all available for Federal Fiscal Year 2015. High-quality data can provide policymakers and decision-makers with crucial details about the populations they serve while also helping to protect the most vulnerable members of our society. 

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