The Texas model is a framework for institutional and community transformation. Significant gains have been made in reducing disproportionality within the Texas child welfare system. Texas achieved a statewide decrease in removal rates between 2005 and 2009. This work has laid the foundation for expansion and continued system improvement by addressing and eliminating disparities across systems.
The Texas Model is made up of best practices that have led to proven outcomes, history and lessons from work in Child Welfare, and a natural process that makes sense to community, managers and workers.
The model is defined by:
- Data-driven strategies
- Leadership development
- Cultural competent work force
- Community engagement
- Cross systems collaboration
- Training defined by anti-racist principles
- An understanding of the history of institutional racism and the impact on poor communities and communities of color.