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What We Do

HIP provides voluntary, in-home parent education using evidence-based or promising practice programs and other support services, including basic needs support, to families who are experiencing adversity and have a newborn. The programs are effective in increasing protective factors for specialized families involved with the child welfare system, including current and former pregnant or parenting foster youth. The programs are designed to support healthy, nurturing, and safe homes for children and ultimately promote positive outcomes for children and families.

Who We Serve

  • Former and current youth in foster care who are pregnant, who have recently given birth, or are parenting a child up to two (2) years old.
  • Teen fathers who are currently or previously in foster care.
  • Other families involved with the child welfare system.

Map of Providers and Communities

Map of Texas, showing providers across the state. For a text version of HIP providers, check the PEI Provider Directory.

For additional provider details, see the Fiscal Year 2021 PEI Provider Directory.

How We Measure Success

  • Children remain safe during services, within 1 year (98.7% in FY20) and 3 years (100% in FY20).
  • Increase in protective factors, such as family functioning and resiliency, social supports, and nurturing/attachment (88% of caregivers in FY20).

Program Data

  • Program Start Date: 2014
  • Target Number of Youth/Families Served Annually, FY21: 390
  • Average Number of Youth/ Families Served Per Month, FY20: 115
  • Counties Served: 66
  • Annual Budget for Community Contracts: $1,179,066
  • Total Number of Community Grantees: 9
  • Average Grantee Budget: $131,007

HIP Success Story

Gateway to Success, Dallas County

The Smith family has been participating in the HIP program since Simon was seven months old. Simon showed developmental delays, and the Smiths were eager to learn more about their child and to better understand how to parent a child with developmental delays. The Smiths were referred to the HIP program by their Child Protective Services Family Based Safety Services case worker for parent education and support.

Both parents embraced the HIP Program. The coronavirus pandemic required adaptation to a new support format. They met virtually each week and participated in in-person visits with masks in places that would allow six feet of social distancing to complete the program. The Smiths were able to use the ‘teach back’ method to ensure they were learning the material and were able to demonstrate new techniques each week with Simon. The family has been able to maintain Simon’s learning and development even during social isolation. The family indicated they would not allow the pandemic to stop them from giving their child the best care they could.