Resource Letter:

For Judges and Attorneys Handling Child Protective Services Cases

November 29, 2022

A Culture of Kin: Texas Kinship Steering Committee

Workgroups Recommendations Report

The Texas Kinship Steering Committee (Committee) was formed in January 2022 as a collaboration among the Department of Family and Protection Services (DFPS), the Health and Human Services Commission, Single Source Continuum Contractors, the Texas Alliance of Child and Family Services (TACFS), Casey Family Programs, child welfare professionals, a youth previously in DFPS custody, and a kinship caregiver with lived experience. The charge of the Committee was to assess barriers and generate system reform recommendations so that children and youth are placed with kinship caregivers as quickly and as safely as possible, to stabilize and support kinship caregivers through positive permanency, and to address the kinship recommendations from the Expert Panel in the M.D. v. Abbott litigation.


The Steering Committee's report is available on the TACFS website at the link below.

Kinship Steering Committee Report
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