Foster Care Redesign is working in Texas Region 3b and it is vital that the initiative be fully funded and expanded to other regions in the state to bring these measurable benefits to all Texas children and families in need.
Fort Worth, Texas (PRWEB) July 13, 2016
ACH Child and Family Services has released its first comprehensive progress report on the implementation of Foster Care Redesign in North Texas, and initial results indicate positive outcomes for Texas children.
- Local capacity is growing through targeted strategic recruitment efforts.
- Children are being placed in their home communities at much higher rates.
- The quality of child welfare data has improved dramatically.
- New innovations have significantly improved the overall operations of foster care in the region.
- Children are receiving better quality foster care.
“We’re encouraged by the life-changing results we’re able to report after less than two years of managing foster care services for more than 2,400 children in our region,” said Wayne Carson, Ph.D., chief executive officer of ACH Child and Family Services. “Foster Care Redesign is working in Texas Region 3b and it is vital that the initiative be fully funded and expanded to other regions in the state to bring these measurable benefits to all Texas children and families in need.”
To read the full ACH Progress Report on Foster Care Redesign in Texas Region 3b, visit http://www.achservices.org/news-events/371-redesign-tx.
About ACH Child and Family Services and Our Community Our Kids
Established in 1915, ACH Child and Family Services is a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting children and preserving families in North Texas through a broad range of services. Based in Fort Worth, Texas, the agency provides foster care services and therapeutic and prevention programs to more than 2,500 unduplicated children, youth and families each year. The agency also offers outreach services to more than 14,500 young people annually, through a variety of educational programs. For more information, visit http://www.achservices.org.
As part of the statewide Foster Care Redesign initiative, the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services selected ACH as a Single Source Continuum Contractor (SSCC) to oversee the delivery of foster care services in Texas Region 3b, which includes Tarrant, Palo Pinto, Parker, Johnson, Hood, Somervell and Erath counties. ACH and its dedicated SSCC division, Our Community Our Kids (OCOK), began transferring children from the legacy foster care system in July 2014 and assumed full responsibility for the region’s foster care system in April 2015. For more information about OCOK, visit http://www.oc-ok.org.