Each of these advisory committees makes recommendations to DFPS through an annual report that may guide DFPS policy or practice. Meetings are open to the public. Also see HHS Advisory Committees.

Committee on Advancing Residential Practices (CARP)

Established
2012
Purpose
Residential Child Care Contractors, Associations, and DFPS representatives meeting in an effort to strengthen our partnership, improve communication, and provide a venue for focusing on enhancements to the system that support enhanced safety, permanency and well-being for children.
Next Meeting
April 11, 2019
Agenda
Coming soon
Contact
Peggy Cope
January 10 Meeting
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Public Private Partnership (PPP)

Established
2009
Purpose
Explore, study, and recommend innovative and creative practices that affect the Texas Foster Care system.
Next Meeting
April 12, 2019
Time
TBA
Agenda
January 11, 2019 Meeting Agenda
Where
Winters Building, Public Hearing Room, 701 West 51st Street, Austin, Texas 78751.
Contact
Ellen Letts

For more information regarding Community-Based Care and the Committee, please see our Community-Based Care page.

Advisory Committee on Promoting Adoption of Minority Children

Established
1997
Purpose
1) Study, develop, and evaluate programs and projects relating to community awareness and education, family support, counseling, parenting skills and education, and reform of the child welfare system.
2) Consult with churches and other cultural and civic organizations.
3) Report to the department at least annually the committee’s recommendations for department programs and projects that will promote the adoption of and provision of services to minority children.
Next Meeting
February 7, 2019
Time
1:00 p.m - 5:00 p.m.
Agenda:
Meeting Agenda
Where:
Winters Building, Room 103W, 701 West 51st Street, Austin, Texas 78751
Contact
Felicia Mason-Edwards
Phone:(512) 438 3412

Parent Collaboration GroupWinters Building

Established
2002
Purpose
Responds to priority (3) in the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA) Amendments which improves the Child Protective Service System of the State case management, ongoing case monitoring, and delivery of services and treatment provided to children and their families.
Reports
Makes recommendations to DFPS through an annual report that may guide DFPS policy or practice.
Next Meeting
to be announced
Contact
DeShaun Ealoms, Kenneth Thompson

Youth Leadership Council (YLC)

Established
1995
Purpose
Includes two youth or young adults (ages 16 to 21) per region, giving youth who are, or were in foster care a forum to address issues that affect children and youth.
Next Meeting
to be announced
Contact
Gaye Vopat, Debra Emerson