September  eNews
Raising of Fort Worth

Please join Mayor Betsy Price and the entire  Raising of Fort Worth   community for our 2019 event series highlighting local efforts in  Building Fort Worth as the Best Place for Kids! 
This next event will focus on how local businesses - big and small - are working to implement family friendly policies that enable them to attract and retain top talent.

Our second breakfast event of the year will take place on Thursday, September 26th and will highlight promising business practices and a local toolkit to support family friendly polices.
Thursday, September 26th | 7:30 am - 9:00 am

7:30 am  
Complimentary breakfast and networking
8:00 am  
Welcome - Mayor Betsy Price
8:05 am  
The Business Case for Family-Friendly Practices - Brandom Gengelbach, Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce
8:10 am
Family Friendly Policies in Action
  • Dr. Vida AminCook Children's
  • Faith Geiger, Collective Growth Designs
  • Cami Miller, Satori Capital
  • Teresa Williams, Elbit Systems
  • Derek Zingg, Cook Children's
8:40 am
Business Toolkit Update - Sara Redington, The Miles Foundation
8:50 am
Conclusion - Sadie Funk, First3Years
Raising of Fort Worth partners include:

Par-Tee for Babies
Funder Feature
"We invest in the communities we are in but especially the organizations that we think have the most impact in that community.  We have enjoyed our involvement with the First3Years events over the last 5 years and hope to continue that support."

Exciting News! Our   3rd Annual Par-Tee for Babies Golf Tournament  taking place on October 7th will now be held at TPC Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX! C lick  HERE  or c ontact  Ashley Borthick  for more information
Texas Cross Site for Infants and Toddlers
 October 10 - 11, 2019

CEU's Offered: LPC, SW, CPE, ECI  - and - CLE's
The Texas Cross Site Learning Retreat on Infants and Toddlers in Child Welfare is an opportunity for stakeholders to share what is and is not working within their communities and come up with new solutions together. A state-wide summit provides the opportunity for communities to pool resources around professional development, evaluation, and best practices.

Such vast interest in this area creates a valuable opportunity to build a learning community across counties in Texas that can not only learn from one another but with one another.
Who should attend?
Judges Overseeing CPS Cases
Child Protective Services Staff
Child Placement Agencies
Lawyers Involved With The Child Welfare System
Early Childhood Intervention
Service Providers in Child Welfare
October 10th | Day 1
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM  |Registration, Lunch, and Networking
12:00 PM - 12:15 PM  | Welcome - Introduction to I/T Models in Texas, Sadie Funk, First3Years
12:15 PM - 2:30 PM  | Keynote: Attachment, Transitions and Reunification Planning with Dr. Charles Zeanah, Institute of Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health. Tulane University
2:30 PM - 3:15 PM  | Case Planning with Dr. Zeanah & CPS
3:15 PM - 3:30 PM  | Break

3:30 PM- 4:30 PM | Funding, Evaluation, and Partnership with DFPS: Luanne Southern, Casey Family Programs; Cindy Patrick, Meadows Foundation; and Monica Faulkner, University of Texas: Institute for Child and Wellbeing          

4:30 PM - 5:00 PM  | ECI

October 11th | Day 2
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM  | Breakfast and Networking
9:00 AM - 9:15 AM  | Welcome to Day 2, Sadie Funk, First3Years
9:15 AM - 10:15 AM  | Coparenting Participant Panel (Birth Parent, Foster Parent, Coordinator, CPS)
10:15 AM - 11:45 AM  | Bringing the Perspective of EC Development and the Law to Social Services and Family Court: Connie Almeida, Fort Bend County Behavioral Health (Developmental Expert) and Tiffany Reedy, Harris County Attorney's Office (Legal Perspective)
11:45 AM - 1:00 PM  | Regional Coalitions: Strategies for Building a Diverse Stakeholder Group
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM  | Lunch & Networking
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM  | Parental Behavioral Health & interactions with Specialty Courts
3:00 PM - 3:30 PM  | Next Steps: Building on Momentum:  Jesse Booher, Vice President for Policy & Innovation with Texas Alliance of Family and Child Services


The Texas Cross Site Learning Retreat was made possible by
In partnership with
2019 Fall Conference
Supporting Relational Health 
Building Stronger Communities
Monday, October 21, 2019 | 8:30 AM - 2:30 PM
Norris Conference Centers - Houston/Westchase 
Join us on Monday, October 21st in Houston for this year's Fall Conference as we discuss Relational Health and Infant & Toddlers. Understanding and managing stress is an essential part of healthy development and well-being. This presentation begins with an overview of the building blocks of the brain to highlight how social connections build brain connections. Dr. Chamberlain uses puppets and other visual aids to demonstrate how the brain and body respond to stress. Participants will learn how overwhelming and unaddressed stress interferes with co-regulation and promoting healthy relationships and communication between caregivers and children. Linda leads the audience in brain-body practices that can become part of a daily toolkit for children, youth and adults to build resilience, teach self-regulatory skills and promote well-being. The latest science supporting the effectiveness of breath work, relaxation response, rhythmic movement and other tools to shift the nervous system and calm the brain will be discussed. These practices are also being used to prevent compassion fatigue and promote vicarious resilience among service providers and caregivers exposed to the suffering of others.   

Click HERE to register today!

First3Years Members: $10 | Non-Members: $15
  5 CEUs | Light Breakfast & Lunch Provided

Tentative Agenda
7:30 AM | Registration
8:00 AM - 8:15 AM | First3Years Opening & Welcome
8:15 AM - 10:45 AM | Morning Session presented by Dr. Chamberlain
10:45 AM - 11:30 AM | Lunch & First3Years Presentation
11:30 AM - 1:30 PM | Afternoon Session presented by Dr. Chamberlain
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM | First3Years Closing Session

Upcoming Trainings

September Webinar Series
Self-Care and Wellbeing for Parents
EXPERT SESSION: September 25 | 2:00 PM


Houston Food For Thought
The Impact of Trauma on the Developing Brain 
Presented by Diane Vines
September 25th | 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Location: United Way of Greater Houston

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