Natalie Russell

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Honors Thesis


Thousands of children enter the child welfare system every year in Texas. As each year progresses, the foster care system becomes increasingly complicated and requires multiple steps prior to a successful placement. Child Protective Services (CPS) has become a broken system, leading to hundreds of foster parents who are inadequately prepared for the trauma that children in foster care have previously experienced due to abuse and neglect. Through the commitment of ACH Child and Family Services, Texas Department of Family Protective Services, and Our Community, Our Kids, significant work has been implemented to improve the lives of each child in foster care. As a result, Foster Care Redesign Initiative has been introduced in Region 3b of Texas and has been in operation for three years. While there is more work ahead, Foster Care Redesign has shown significant progress in increasing permanency and the well-being of children in care.

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