Upbring is honored to work alongside researchers, practitioners and community leaders to break the cycle of child abuse. Our annual conference on child maltreatment brings stakeholders together to share best practices for driving transformative change and raising the standards for how Texas treats its children.
The 2017 conference featured a panel discussion in which young men and women shared their experiences in the Texas foster care system and highlighted successful supports from their lived experiences. Other highlights included:
- Keynote from Peter J. Pecora, Ph.D. on practical strategies for improving the utilization of research for policy, program design and practice
- Early Results from the Texas Youth Permanency Study
- Intergenerational Child Abuse and Neglect
- Youth Voice on Permanency
- Child Advocacy & the 85th Legislative Session
- From Mapping Results to Community Action
Our inaugural 2016 conference featured the first public presentation of the Texas Youth Permanency Study (TYPS), a longitudinal study on youth permanency outcomes from the Texas Institute for Child & Family Wellbeing. Other highlights included:
- Special guest speaker Rodney Brittingham from the Annie E. Casey Foundation presented a talk titled “Every Kid Needs a Family,” based on a KIDS COUNT policy report
- An interview on the use of predictive analytics in child welfare with Dr. Dyann Daley
- A panel discussion promoting the perspectives of medical experts on child abuse pediatrics; the discussion featured Texas-based Drs. Kelly Liker (Dell Children’s), Christopher Greeley (Texas Children’s) and Anu Partap (Children’s Medical Center Dallas).
- A panel discussion focusing on the role of policy in driving transformative change, not only in Texas, but also nationally; the discussion featured representatives from the DFPS Prevention and Early Intervention (PEI) Program, the Children’s Defense Fund and the Annie E. Casey Foundation.