Upbring announces new public policy leadership award recognizing Texas leaders for their commitment to child and youth advocacy; State Rep. Cindy Burkett named inaugural recipient of the “Faith in Every Future” Award
Austin, Texas – April 26, 2016 – Upbring, the new Lutheran Social Services of the South, is pleased to announce the launch of a new recognition program to recognize outstanding public policy leadership for the benefit of Texas’ children and youth, and equally pleased to announce our first award recipient. Our inaugural “Faith In Every Future” Award will be presented to State Representative Cindy Burkett, who represents District 113 in eastern Dallas County. The award presentation will take place at Upbring’s Red Ball Ft. Worth on Saturday evening, April 30, at the Fort Worth Club.
Over the past three legislative sessions, Rep. Burkett has emerged as a leading voice for the protection and wellbeing of Texas children. A few of Rep. Burkett’s accomplishments in this capacity include:
- Being the floor leader for the majority in skillfully moving the Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) Sunset Bill, SB206, through floor passage, which included numerous key changes to empower agency transformation and elevation of prevention and early intervention as a priority.
- Serving as the primary author of HB 781, which increased minimum training standards for child placing agencies and other caregivers, and requires DFPS to maintain caregiver training information on its website. During the 84th Legislative Session, Upbring actively supported and provided testimony in favor of raising training standards that lead to better care for children and youth in the child protection system.
- Co-authoring legislation to create a new independent Ombudsman position for children and youth in DFPS custody, which was enacted in SB 830—Rep. Burkett’s involvement at a critical juncture brought the parties together in striking a compromise on this issue.
- And serving as a key member of the House Select Committee on Child Protection during the interim prior to the 84th Legislative Session, playing an important role in advancing other improvements to the child protection system.
Upbring is especially appreciative of leaders in both the public and private sectors who take seriously our responsibility to bring every child up and are actively working to improve outcomes for at-risk youth across Texas. Rep. Burkett is a leader of strong faith who is richly deserving of being our inaugural award recipient, and we look forward to honoring other deserving recipients in the years ahead.
Upbring, the new Lutheran Social Services of the South, is a 135-year-old nonprofit organization with a rich legacy of serving vulnerable people across Texas. Its mission is to break the cycle of child abuse by empowering children, families and communities. Upbring serves more than 30,000 people annually and provides innovative programs and services for children including foster care, adoption, education, residential treatment and community services. For more information, visit Upbring.org
Jennifer Schattle, Vice President Marketing & Communications, Upbring
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